Nevada (NV): Colleges and Universities

Nevada is home to a little more than 10 private and public non-profit colleges and universities. Determine which school will suit your needs by comparing information about graduation rates, net prices and more.

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The state of Nevada provides a variety of experiences for those looking for non-profit universities and colleges, with more than 10 private and public institutions on offer. Here are five schools with the largest students populations, lowest net price and highest graduation rates, along with five schools that are close to or in large cities in the area, with all data sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Nevada Schools Near Large Cities

Several larger cities in Nevada have non-profit private and public colleges, meaning students looking to live in more urban areas may find options to suit them. There are at least five schools in the state that are located in and near large cities, including one in the state capital of Carson City. Some of these schools are:

  • The College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • The University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Western Nevada College (Carson City)
  • Everest College-Henderson
  • Nevada State College (Henderson)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is calculated by subtracting the amount of government/institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these three Nevada schools are based on data from the NCES for the 2014-2015 academic year. In general, the net prices for schools in Nevada range from about $7,500 per year to more than $26,000 per year.

  • The College of Southern Nevada ($7,527)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College ($8,673)
  • Western Nevada College ($9,901)
  • Great Basin College ($10,221)
  • The University of Nevada - Las Vegas ($11,424)

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Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time students, the following Nevada schools had graduation rates of 30% or higher in 2015.

  • The University of Nevada-Reno (59%)
  • Everest College-Henderson (52%)
  • Sierra Nevada College (41%)
  • The University of Nevada-Las Vegas (40%)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (30%)

Largest Student Population

Nevada does not have many schools with a large number of students, but there are still some schools that may suit students looking for significantly higher student populations. The largest student population at a single institution in the state is the College of Southern Nevada, with almost 36,000 students, but most schools are mid-size or small. For those looking for the larger schools in Nevada, the five schools with the most students are:

  • The University of Nevada-Las Vegas (28,515)
  • The University of Nevada-Reno (19,934)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (11,106)
  • Western Nevada College (3,951)
  • Nevada State College (3,555)

To recap, there are at least 10 options for students looking to study at non-profit institutions in Nevada, so those interested in pursuing a college degree or a certificate in the state should use this information to make their decision.

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