University of Nevada--Reno

2014 Quick Stats
Reno, NV 89557

Phone: (775) 784-1110
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 31
application deadline

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#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Nevada--Reno is a public institution that was founded in 1864. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,082, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 255 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Nevada--Reno's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 181. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,154 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,064 (2013-14).

The University of Nevada—Reno is located on the border between the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada on the western edge of the state. Nevada offers dozens of undergraduate degrees and master's programs, including business, education, medicine and engineering. The university also specializes in earthquake research and is home to one of the largest earthquake-simulation laboratories in the country.

Outside the classroom and lab, Nevada students can explore more than 200 student organizations, pledge with about 20 fraternities and sororities and participate in the school's many traditions. Each fall, students paint a big Nevada "N" on Peavine Peak, which overlooks campus, and during basketball season, fans cheer on the team as part of the "Blue Crew." Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for one of the many Nevada Wolf Pack varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. Off campus, Nevada students can visit nearby Lake Tahoe, check out the museums and festivals of Reno and drive just a few hours to California's capital, Sacramento, or the San Francisco Bay Area.

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

The University of Nevada, Reno, the state of Nevada's first public university, features record levels of student and faculty achievement, an impressive breadth of nationally recognized academic programs and the state's largest research portfolio. With the Sierra Nevada as its backdrop, the main campus is minutes away from downtown Reno and less than an hour away from Lake Tahoe. The University setting mixes the proud history of an historic, tree-lined Quad and surrounding original campus designated on the National Register of Historic Places with an ambitious infrastructure investment that has included more than $350 million in new buildings all dedicated to student success, experiential teaching and learning, and innovative research. These new buildings include one of the nation's most technologically advanced libraries, the student union and the nation's largest and most versatile earthquake engineering laboratory. The University is home to the state's medical school, as well as the University Studies Abroad Consortium, one of the largest study-abroad programs in the country. Over the past five years, the University has set institutional records for the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled, and has seen its student competition teams win national championships in disciplines ranging from civil engineering to parliamentary debate, while being recognized as one of the best values in American higher education.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1864
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $229,463,902


When applying to University of Nevada--Reno, it's important to note the application deadline is May 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 31. The application fee at University of Nevada--Reno is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 83 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 83.0%
Application deadline May 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Nevada--Reno is 27:1, and the school has 34.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Nevada--Reno include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 27:1
4-year graduation rate 17%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Social Sciences 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%
Engineering 8%

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Student Life

University of Nevada--Reno has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,082, with a gender distribution of 47.4 percent male students and 52.6 percent female students. At this school, 16 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 84 percent of students live off campus. University of Nevada--Reno is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,227
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Nevada--Reno offers a number of student services including day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Nevada--Reno 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--Reno, 37 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Nevada--Reno.

Students who have cars on campus 37%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Nevada--Reno, 53.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,542.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,154 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,064 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,518 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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