Advanced Placement teachers from the southern part of the state are in Reno getting a look at the University of Nevada.
The teachers were invited to take a tour of the university and see what it has to offer to their students.
University officials say it's an opportunity to reach the students who they want here the most. "When students have studied Advanced Placement, they've had that experience with academic rigor, they're more prepared for the challenges of college," says Everett Jackson, Associate Director of Admissions.
In fact, Jackson says the huge majority of AP students graduate college in four years or less compared to the national average, of five and a half years.
And while they want AP students from Northern Nevada as well, this is a chance to tempt a few away from UNLV.
The teachers and principals toured the campus today getting a look at the school's biggest attractions like the earthquake simulator shake tables, the greenhouses in the College of Agriculture and the journalism school.
And along with all that, the visitors we spoke with said, they're really impressed by something else - the students' Nevada pride. "I kind of have a dual role here today, as principal and as parent, to check out Nevada, Reno, and I've been very, very impressed. The amount of programs, and just the school spirit," says Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School Principal, Las Vegas.
Donna Gonzalez adds, "What a fantastic opportunity. As a teacher from Las Vegas, it's nice to see that there are other options for our students."
This is the third year that the university has put on this program.
Written by Arianna Bennett