University of Nevada--Las Vegas

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4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451021

Las Vegas, NV 89154

Phone: (702) 895-3011
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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University of Nevada--Las Vegas is a public institution that was founded in 1957. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,432, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 358 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Nevada--Las Vegas's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,570 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,480 (2013-14).

At the University of Nevada—Las Vegas, or UNLV, as it's known, students live, work and play in one of the most frequently visited destinations in the country. Students can check out more than 250 student organizations, participate in the school's large community of fraternities and sororities and join or cheer for the UNLV Rebels athletic teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. There are also research opportunities through the university's many academic hubs, including the Center for Gaming Research, the Center for Information and Communication Technology and the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center.

UNLV also has a wide variety of graduate schools, including the William S. Boyd School of Law, which is particularly well regarded for its legal writing program; the College of Education; and the College of Business. Not surprisingly, given its location, UNLV has graduated some top players in the hotel and casino industry, including George Maloof, former CEO of The Palms Casino Resort, and Scott Sibella, president of Mirage Hotel & Casino. Other notable alumni include Food Network personality Guy Fieri and ESPN broadcaster Kenny Mayne.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

UNLV is a doctoral degree granting institution of over 27,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 350-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of research universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. UNLV's distinctive programs include the top-rated William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration; the William S. Boyd School of Law; an accomplished English department featuring a highly ranked creative writing program and an international literary center; a nationally recognized honors program; a community-involved environmental studies program; accredited architecture, health sciences, social work and business schools; a physical therapy program; strong liberal and fine arts, engineering, and science programs; plus numerous research centers and interdisciplinary programs. UNLV is also home to the International Institute of Modern Letters. UNLV's main campus, located minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, features a 300,000 square-foot library as its centerpiece. Among the university's newest facilities are a Science and Engineering Building, featuring more than 200,000 square feet of flexible laboratory and teaching space, offices, high-tech conference rooms and integrated research areas; Greenspun Hall, the home of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and broadcast studios for UNLV's radio and television stations; and the UNLV Student Recreation and Wellness Center, a technologically advanced recreation, fitness and wellness facility. Additionally, the university is actively engaged in the development of "Midtown UNLV," a long-term, public-private endeavor to create a culturally diverse university district. UNLV's regional Shadow Lane campus stands on 18 acres in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas medical district. This campus is home to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine. UNLV's first international campus, UNLV Singapore, will celebrate its sixth anniversary in 2012. Housed on the tenth and eleventh floors of the National Library of Singapore, a prestigious building comparable to the United States Library of Congress, UNLV Singapore offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hotel administration and hospitality management. Additional international campuses are planned.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1957
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $168,244,000


When applying to University of Nevada--Las Vegas, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at University of Nevada--Las Vegas is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.2%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Nevada--Las Vegas is 21:1, and the school has 27.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Nevada--Las Vegas include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Education; Social Sciences; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33%
Psychology 8%
Education 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 5%

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Student Life

University of Nevada--Las Vegas has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,432, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 95 percent of students live off campus. University of Nevada--Las Vegas is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 27,402
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Nevada--Las Vegas offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Nevada--Las Vegas also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Nevada--Las Vegas, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Nevada--Las Vegas.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Nevada--Las Vegas, 59.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,735.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,570 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,480 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,524 (2013-14)
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