Pursuing out-of-state students has become a key strategy for the University of Nevada, Reno.
UNR President Marc Johnson told the Reno Gazette-Journal he's looking for students with a variety of experiences and perspective.
The early results say out-of-state freshman entering UNR this fall is up 17 percent, and its nonresident undergraduate population has more than doubled over the last five years.
Steve Maples, the director of undergraduate admissions at UNR, told KNPR's State of Nevada that increase in students has come from the university's research status.
"I think a lot of it has natured around our growth in our Tier One status," he said.
He said being named a Tier One school draws attention from out of state. Currently, the university has students from 49 states and they're working to bring students from Vermont, which is the only state not represented at UNR.
Maples said while the school enjoys bringing in students from around the country, its focus is more about individual students not where they come from.
"We want to grow in talented students and we want to grow in diversity of students and we want to grow in geography," he said.
However, as the scale of the campus grows, the number of students from out of state will also grow.
People tend to stay in the city or state they're educated in. Maples said while there used to be a brain drain from Nevada, UNR has become a "net importer" of talent.
"They come and they fall in love with this place," he said.
Steve Maples, director of undergraduate admissions, University of Nevada, Reno.
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