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University of Nevada Las Vegas

Learn about the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) originated in 1951 as an extension program of the University of Nevada, Reno. Since then, it has developed into a comprehensive institution featuring numerous research centers dedicated to fields that include hospitality, gaming, environmental studies, urban horticulture and nanotechnology. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report placed the university's undergraduate business and engineering programs among the top 200 of all national programs.


UNLV offers over 220 degree programs through 12 schools and colleges, including an undergraduate honors college, a law school, a fine arts college and a college of hotel administration. Multiple libraries support these programs, including branches for architecture, music and curriculum materials.

Students also can take advantage of various study abroad opportunities. A hotel administration program is located in Singapore, and additional programs are available in Brazil, France, Thailand and India, among other locations. Some degree programs are available online, including several nursing programs. The university also houses 17 Division I athletic teams and many intramural and club sports at its on-campus athletic facilities and venues.


Undergraduate applicants must complete an application form, pay a $60 application fee, submit their transcripts, provide immunization records and supply standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT. Applications for the fall semester are due July 1, and the university notifies applicants within 7-10 business days after receiving a completed application. The university awards credit for qualifying scores on some College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Graduate students must apply to the university through a standard application, though they usually need to provide additional department-specific materials based on their chosen program.

In 2011, 82% of prospective undergraduates were admitted, and 60% of these students enrolled, resulting in a freshman class of roughly 2,850. Undergraduates accounted for 81% of the total student body, and about 82% of all undergraduates were Nevada residents. Among the undergraduate body, 43% of students were white, 19% were Hispanic/Latino, 17% were Asian, and 8% were black or African American.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition and fees were $6,586 for in-state students and $20,496 for out-of-state students. Books were expected to cost $1,200. Tuition for graduate students also varied depending on student residency status. An interest-free monthly tuition payment plan is available, as well as multiple undergraduate scholarship opportunities and graduate assistantship opportunities.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelor's, master's and doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsized city*
Student Body 22,138 undergraduates and 5,240 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Entering freshmen who aren't from Las Vegas must live on campus during the first year**
Schools and Programs 12 schools and colleges; over 220 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General hospitality administration/management (437)
Master's: Curriculum and instruction (175)
Doctorate: Dentistry (74)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
14% in 4 years
40% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 82% in 2011*
Entering Class Size Roughly 2,850 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 76% for full-time and 47% for part-time students*
Application Due Date July 1 for fall semester regular decision**
Decision Notification Date Within 7-10 business days after receipt of application**
Tuition $6,586 for in-state students and $20,496 for out-of-state students (tuition and fees for 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (49%), Pell grants (25%), federal student loans (25%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **University of Nevada, Las Vegas

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451021, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021
  • Phone: (702) 774-8658
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