RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The University of Nevada, Reno is receiving national accolades for its successful College Life 101 program
. Excelencia in Education
, a national non-profit organization that accelerates Latino student success in higher education.
The program was recognized as a finalist for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia at the undergraduate level. College Life 101 aims to create and support greater cultural diversity within the University.
College Life 101 is an intensive, custom-tailored program geared toward assisting in the transition to college life through three main components: weekly check-ins with an adviser, mid-term progress reports and service learning hours. The program has been available to students since 2003 and starts advising students of the opportunities available to them as early as fifth grade.
While College Life 101 serves more than Hispanic students on campus, the majority of the students enrolled in the program are Latino. Currently 14 percent of students at the University are Hispanic. In fact, the number increased from 2,419 in fall 2012 to 2,764 students this year.