University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, more commonly known as UNLV, is a public, research university located in Paradise, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. The school provides Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in over 200 academic fields of study. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated UNLV a "research-intensive university".

UNLV is home to the William S. Boyd School of Law, Nevada's only law school. The University Medical Center of Southern Nevada includes the School of Dental Medicine, the state's only dental school.

With its close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV has one of the highest-ranked hotel and hospitality programs in the country. The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration is consistently listed among the top hospitality schools in the country. UNLV also hosts an international program in Singapore, offering Bachelor's degrees in Hospitality Management and Hotel Administration, as well as graduate programs, such as Hotel Law, Hotel Administration, Food and Beverage Management, Hospitality Marketing and an Executive Master's degree in Hospitality.

UNLV has been nationally recognized for some of its Fine Arts programs. The English Department was praised by The Atlantic for its Master of Fine Arts program and its Ph.D. in Creative Writing. In the 2010 "Student Music Award" issue of Down Beat Magazine, the UNLV Jazz Ensemble was awarded "Outstanding Large Jazz Ensemble Performance" for the graduate level. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


UNLV offers approximately 220 programs of study leading to undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. There are about 850 faculty members at the school.

Colleges include:

  • School of Community Health Sciences
  • College of Education
  • Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Graduate College
  • Honors College
  • William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Schools include:

  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • Lee Business School
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Environmental and Public Affairs
  • Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies
  • School of Life Sciences
  • William S. Boyd School of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work


U.S. News & World Report ranked UNLV at number 12 in terms of popular national universities by yield, or the percentage of applicants accepted by a college who choose to enroll in that institution in the fall. In 2011, the year it was ranked no. 12, it was shown that 60.5 percent of students who were accepted actually enrolled (a total of 2,870 out of 4,746 accepted).


Located on a 332-acre land grant in the town of Paradise, the main UNLV campus borders Maryland Parkway, the site of private-public development Midtown UNLV. Development commenced in 2002, with the purpose of expanding the university to meet the demands of a major school in the Las Vegas metro area, as well as improving the university's image by offering better amenities for students and businesses alike.

Goals are several:

  • Reduction of vacant spaces
  • Lower business turnover
  • New expansion space for the university

Most funding for the project comes from the state as well as private donations.

Non-Student Campus Accommodations

Conference housing is available for groups up to 1,200 during the traditional Conference Housing Season, which runs mid-May through July. Intern housing is also offered mid-May through mid-August, and is available to those who have verifiable employment with local Las Vegas businesses or organizations.

Singapore Campus

UNLV's first international campus, located in Singapore, debuted in 2006. Housed on the tenth and eleventh floors of the National Library of Singapore, the campus offers undergraduate programs in Hotel Administration and Hospitality Management, with upper-division courses including Hotel Administration, Food and Beverage Management and Hotel Law. An executive master's degree in hospitality is also available.

Student Housing

UNLV contracts with AVS Housing Group to manage its on-campus student housing. There are four on-campus residence halls: Dayton Complex, Tonopah Complex, South Residential Complex and Upper Class Complex. Featured are wireless internet, 24-hour attended front desks, premium cable television, special interest floors and in-building laundry facilities.

Library System

The main UNLV campus features several libraries; the largest of these is the 301,000-square-foot Lied Library located in the center of campus. Opened in 2001, the $58 million facility is named for real estate entrepreneur Ernst W. Lied.

Other individual libraries are more closely related to their particular colleges. These include:

  • The Architecture Studies Library
  • The Curriculum Materials Library
  • The Music Library
  • The Wiener-Rogers Law Library

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UNLV offers scholarships, grants, work-study programs, loans and veteran's educational benefits to help students defray the cost of attendance. All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


There are 17 different sports on the UNLV campus. The men's basketball team, for which the university is most well known, is known as the Runnin' Rebels, while its men's baseball team is known as the Hustlin' Rebels. The school colors are scarlet and gray, which date back to the late 1950s when UNLV adopted a wolf wearing a Confederate uniform as its mascot; scarlet and gray were traditional Confederate colors. Today's mascot is known as Hey Reb, who makes frequent appearances on national television.

The Rebels are a founding member of the Mountain West Conference and play in the NCAA's Division I, with the exception of the UNLV men's soccer team; they compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Foundation.

The men's football team plays the Nevada Wolf Pack in a football game known as the Battle for Nevada; the trophy for that game is known as the Fremont Cannon. It is valued at more than $10,000 and is considered one of the loudest and most ostentatious symbols of rivalry in the college football world.

General Information

Admission Office

4505 Maryland Parkway Box 451021

Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021

(702) 774-8658

Fax: (702) 774-8008

Contact: Luke Schultheis

Executive Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Main Address

4505 Maryland Parkway Box 45021

Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021

(702) 895-3011

Total undergrads: 22,149

Degree-seeking undergrads: 22,149


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 74%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,201 $4,613 $5,097 $5,808 +13.95%
Books and Supplies $850 $850 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,670 $10,730 $12,520 $13,330 +6.47%
Other $2,500 $2,500 $2,570 $2,570 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,880 $9,020 $10,100 $10,240 +1.39%
Other $3,900 $3,900 $4,330 $4,330 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $18,221 $18,693 $21,187 $22,708 +7.18%
In-state Off Campus $17,831 $18,383 $20,527 $21,378 +4.15%
In-state with Family $5,051 $5,463 $6,097 $6,808 +11.66%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $4,617
In-state Student Fees $528
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $17,907
Out-of-state Student Fees $528

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,465 82%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,458 81% $9,795,646 $3,985
– Federal grants 702 23% $2,483,487 $3,538
– Pell grants 695 23% $2,330,975 $3,354
– Other federal grants 119 4% $152,512 $1,282
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,355 78% $3,639,625 $1,545
Institutional grants or scholarships 580 19% $3,672,534 $6,332
Student loan financial aid 815 27% $3,474,907 $4,264
– Federal student loans 793 26% $2,903,788 $3,662
– Other student loans 50 2% $571,119 $11,422

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3581 1264 363 131
Architecture and Related Services 50 12
Architecture 28 12
Interior Architecture 13
Landscape Architecture 9
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 9 1
African-American/Black Studies 2
Asian Studies/Civilization 4
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1
Latin American Studies
Women's Studies 2 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 179 6 8
Biochemistry 15 3
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 164 3 8
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1113 242 4
Accounting 162 57
Business Administration and Management 105 114
Construction Management 18 5
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 15
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 5
Finance 99
Hospitality Administration/Management 384 53 4
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 101
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 19
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 8
International Business/Trade/Commerce 23
Management Information Systems 36 13
Marketing/Marketing Management 126
Operations Management and Supervision
Real Estate 5
Restaurant/Food Services Management 7
Communication and Journalism Programs 195 13
Mass Communication/Media Studies 89 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 106 7
Computing and Information Sciences 38 9
Computer Science 34 8
Information Science/Studies 4 1
Education 255 519 27 51
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 11
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 26
Curriculum and Instruction 201 6
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 37 33
Educational Leadership and Administration 82 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 115
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1
French Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education 1 21
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 15 11 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 57
Spanish Language Teacher Education 3
Special Education and Teaching 14 145 6 16
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 35
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1
Engineering 109 41 19
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Civil Engineering 34 13 9
Computer Engineering 9
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 29 16 3
Engineering, Other 2
Mechanical Engineering 37 9 7
Transportation and Highway Engineering 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 67 23 2
Creative Writing 11
English Language and Literature 67 12 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 40 5
Chinese Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literatures
French Language and Literature 7
German Language and Literature 4
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Linguistics 7
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1
Spanish Language and Literature 21 5
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 175 91 111 40
Athletic Training/Trainer 9
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 6
Clinical Nurse Specialist 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dentistry 78
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 22
Health/Medical Physics 1 2
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 4
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist 22
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 9
Nursing Science 8
Physical Therapy/Therapist 25
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other 2
Public Health 4 24
Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiographer 34
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 102 61
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1
History 66 13 6
History 66 13 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 182 15
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 178 15
Forensic Science and Technology 4
Human Services 75 119 1 31
Public Administration 34 55 30
Public Policy Analysis 1 1
Social Work 41 63
Social Work, Other 1
Legal and Law Studies 145
Law 145
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 125
General Studies 125
Mathematics and Statistics 15 4 1
Applied Mathematics 2
Mathematics 13 4 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 25 8
Gerontology 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7
Nutrition Sciences 18
Natural Resources and Conservation 20 5 3
Environmental Studies 20 5 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 144 22
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 108 16
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 6
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 32
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 4
Personal and Culinary Services 14
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other 14
Physical Sciences 18 27 9
Astronomy 3
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other 1
Chemistry 7 5 2
Chemistry, Other 3
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology and Earth Science 7 8 2
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 5
Physics 4 6 1
Psychology 258 19 20
Educational Psychology 12 7
Psychology 258 7 13
Science Technologies/Technicians
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Social Sciences 223 26 4
Anthropology 32 9 3
Economics 44 6
Political Science and Government 80 8
Social Sciences 27
Sociology 40 3 1
Visual and Performing Arts 186 53 3
Acting 6
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 8
Art/Art Studies 57
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1
Dance 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 9 17
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 59 2
Fine/Studio Arts 3 4
Graphic Design 8
Music 25 30 3
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 3

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
City/Community/Regional Planning B
Interior Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
International Marketing B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Adult/Continuing Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Software Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health Physics/Radiologic Health B
Health System Administration B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Radiologic Technology/Science-Radiographer C


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Gerontology C
Nutrition Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Related Services B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (702) 895-3011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 4505 S Maryland Pky, Las Vegas, NV 89154
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 31,171
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 42%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 17,395 (56% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,291
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,342
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 92%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,460

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 133
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 231
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21851
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1341
Education 111196
Engineering 1483
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 151
Health Professions and Related Programs 14864
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 211
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 311
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 212
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 221
Personal and Culinary Services 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 466
Psychology 3122
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 3331
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 1653
Visual and Performing Arts 31041
Grand total 45997137

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Nevada-Las Vegas and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,291
Out-of-state $23,342
Books and supplies $1,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,158
Out-of-state $21,209

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 3,648 92%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,354 85% $5,460
Student loan aid 1,229 31% $5,737

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 16,107 64% $5,923
Federal student loans 8,382 33% $8,444

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Nevada-Las Vegas students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 12,720 5,268 7,452
Percent admitted 100% 78% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 35% 35% 35%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Nevada-Las Vegas Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 31,171
Undergraduate enrollment 25,827
Graduate enrollment 5,344

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Nevada-Las Vegas Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Predoctoral
    • Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency)
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologist
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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