UNR Makes Minority History

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The University of Nevada, Reno had the highest percentage of minority students in its history last school year, an official said.

Serge Herzog, director of UNR's Office of Institutional Analysis, said minority students accounted for 26 percent of the total student population during the fall semester and 27 percent during the spring semester.

Herzog told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the number of minority students climbed by 8 percent, or by about 400 students.

During the fall semester, 2,032 Hispanic students represented 11.3 percent of the total student population of 18,000.

A total of 1,053 Asian students accounted for 5.8 percent, 872 multi ethnic students represented 4.8 percent, 557 black students accounted for 3.1 percent and 156 American Indian/Alaska native students represented 1 percent.

A total of 12,329 white students accounted for 68.5 percent of the total enrollment.

While UNR still has more female than male students, Herzog said, the school is following a national trend that shows more men are starting to go to college.

In 2004-05, the first year UNR broke students down by gender, there were 1,680 more female than male students, he said. During the fall semester, the gap closed to fewer than 1,070 more females than males on campus.

There were 9,537 female students, or 53 percent of the total population, compared with 8,467 male students, or 47 percent.

Also last fall, 3,281 students from other states or countries attended UNR, a 29 percent increase from the previous year.

California provides the largest number of out-of-state undergraduate students to UNR by far, followed by Hawaii, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Arizona.

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