Reno, Nevada (NV) Colleges and Universities

There are four traditional postsecondary schools located within a 25-mile radius of Reno, NV. Read about the top schools in several categories, including largest schools and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

There are just a few traditional public and private colleges located near Reno. This article compares these few Reno-area schools in a few categories using data collected and presented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Reno, Nevada

The closest schools to Reno tend to be 2-year, private institutions. Only the University of Nevada-Reno and Sierra Nevada College offer graduate degree programs to students in the Reno area.

  • University of Nevada-Reno (0.9 miles from downtown)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (1.7 miles from downtown)
  • Sierra Nevada College (20.2 miles from downtown)
  • Western Nevada College (24.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Reno, Nevada

There are a few options for students wanting to attend larger schools near Reno. Most of these schools are public institutions and student populations greater than 1,000.

  • University of Nevada-Reno (19,934 students)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (11,106 students)
  • Western Nevada College (3,951 students)
  • Sierra Nevada College (1,039 students)

Lowest Net Price

According to NCES, net price is determined by subtracting the average amount of financial aid that a full-time undergraduate student receives from the overall cost of school attendance. The schools near Reno range in lowest net prices of $8,673 to $27,681 based on the 2014-2015 academic school year data from the NCES.

  • Truckee Meadows Community College ($8,673)
  • Western Nevada College ($9,901)
  • University of Nevada-Reno ($15,491)
  • Sierra Nevada College ($27,681)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate refers to the rate in which full-time, first-time degree-seeking students began in 2005 and completed a degree program within 150% of the normal time frame, as specified by NCES standards. The graduation rates for traditional schools in the area range from 17% to 59%.

  • University of Nevada-Reno (59% graduation rate)
  • Sierra Nevada College (41% graduation rate)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (30% graduation rate)
  • Western Nevada College (17% graduation rate)

Students have a few choices of traditional public (and one private) schools in the Reno, NV, area that differ in location, size, price, and graduation rates.


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