University of Nevada in Reno

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About the University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno emerged in 1874 as the State University of Nevada. At this time, it was based in Elko, Nevada, about 300 miles away from its current campus. The state legislature moved the university to Reno in 1885, and the university awarded its first diplomas in 1891. In the 1940s, Hollywood film producers used the university campus for the setting of such movies as Mr. Belvedere Goes to College and Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble. University researchers have done substantial research on the ecosystem of nearby Lake Tahoe. In addition, the University of Nevada is noted for its research in disciplines related to the study of earthquakes, such as seismology, civil engineering, geodesy and geology.


The University of Nevada, Reno has more than 18,000 students enrolled in more than 145 degree programs. Its 11 schools and colleges include the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, as well as the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Engineering. The school's master's degree program in business administration has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation by Businessweek magazine.

The University of Nevada, Reno is home to the Nevada Terrawatt Facility, which boasts the most powerful laser owned by any university. The school's honors program gives outstanding students the opportunity to distinguish themselves by taking at least 30 credits in honors classes. Students who meet this requirement earn a special recognition at commencement and honors notations on their diplomas. The school's study abroad program has enabled students to attend classes in over 24 countries. The library system at the University of Nevada, Reno offers special collections which include books, manuscripts, architectural records, historical maps and an extensive photograph collection.


Prospective freshmen who wish to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno must have a high school core GPA of 3.0, an ACT score of at least 22 or an SAT combined reading and math score of at least 1040. Applicants may apply online or submit a paper application to the admissions office, along with official high school transcripts, ACT or SAT score reports, immunization records and a $60 application fee. Applicants may track the status of their applications online. The application deadline is June 1st for normal autumn enrollment and January 5th for spring enrollment. Students wishing to enroll in the fall and apply for scholarships need to submit application materials by February 1st. In 2011, 88% of students who applied to the University of Nevada, Reno were accepted, and 47% of those who were accepted enrolled.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Nevada residents who were incoming freshmen paid $5,630 in tuition and fees during the 2011-2012 school year. Out-of-state freshmen paid $19,229 during the same time frame. Housing costs for students living on campus were estimated to be about $10,116, and with an additional estimated $4,666 cost for other personal expenses. Expenses for books and supplies were estimated to total approximately $1,300.

About 90% of first-year, full-time undergraduates at the University of Nevada, Reno received some kind of financial assistance during the 2010-2011 school year. The school offers four levels of academic scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 a year based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. More scholarships are available through the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program. National Merit Finalists are eligible for an award of $15,000 per year through four years of study. Students enrolled in the Honors Program may be awarded fellowships for university research. Grants, loans and work study assistance are also available.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, post-master's certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body About 14,800 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate students (2011)**
Student Housing Residence halls, housing for married students with children and Greek housing are available*
Schools and Programs 11 colleges and schools, 145 undergraduate and graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 26:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General Studies (144)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (89)
Doctoral: Medicine (55)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 12% in 4 years, 46% in 6 years and 52% in 8 years for those beginning in 2003**
Undergraduate Admission Rate 88% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 79% for freshman students beginning in 2010**
Middle 50% of SAT Scores of Admitted Students: For 2010-2011:
Critical reading: 470-580
Math: 470-590
Writing: 450-560**
Application Due Date June 1st for fall undergrad enrollment*
Tuition $5,630 (in-state) and $19,226 (out-of-state) - undergrad tuition and fees for 2011**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-year Undergrads Receiving It) For 2010-2011:
Federal grants (29%), Pell grants (29%), state and local grants/scholarships (65%), institutional grants/scholarships (60%), federal loans (37%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% of first-year undergrads (2011)**

Source: *University of Nevada, Reno; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Nevada, Reno/MS 0120, Admissions and Records, Reno, NV 89557-0124
  • Phone: 866-2NEVADA
  • Website:

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