LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- UNLV is one of the most diverse colleges in the nation.
A national magazine reports UNLV ranks sixth in the nation, beating out nearly 1,800 universities in racial and ethnic diversity.
A new semester means new opportunities for students to get involved in groups on campus.
“We like sharing our culture with people who don't really know about us,” said Bianca Bataclan who is part of the Filipino American student association, one of 52 cultural, ethnic and religious organizations at UNLV.
“I hear a lot of languages being spoken which is really cool. I'm not used to that,” said Bataclan who is from a small town in Missouri.
UNLV tied with two other universities for the sixth spot on U.S. News and World Report's list of America’s Most Diverse Schools.
“You learn how to really handle people from different cultures and you meet people with different accents and you learn how to be more tolerant of people.
Fall 2012 enrollment figures show 51 percent of undergraduate students are part of a racial or ethnic minority.
“We know, research tells us, globally to be competitive, students, that diverse interaction only strengthens them with whatever career path they’re going to take,” said Jose Melendez from the office of Diversity Initiatives at UNLV.
Melendez says the biggest draw for students is an education that prepares them for the job market of the future.
“I think it’s being in touch with the community or where the future growth is going to be,” Melendez said.
UNLV is doing some recruiting of its own, with a push to hire a more diverse faculty to accommodate such a diverse student body.
-- Kelsey Thomas, KSNV News 3