LAS VEGAS (AP) — New enrollment statistics show several Nevada colleges are closer to earning the sought-after Hispanic Serving Institution designation.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the College of Southern Nevada had 25.07 percent Hispanic enrollment in fall 2012, and 25.92 percent this fall.

Those numbers are preliminary and could dip below the 25 percent threshold schools must maintain over two years to earn the designation.

But CSN officials say they’re optimistic about getting the classification, which would qualify the school for large federal grants.

Other Nevada colleges are moving toward the benchmark. The University of Nevada, Reno had 13.1 percent Hispanic enrollment last fall, and officials say that number is significantly up this semester.

Nevada State College has 22 percent Hispanic enrollment, while the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has 21 percent.



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