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Unexpected and unlimited opportunity. That's what you'll find at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is a top-caliber, land-grant research university, ranked in the top tier of the nation’s best universities. The University offers a broad range of highly competitive degree programs and research opportunities in a world-class setting. 

The University’s range of research and academic offerings includes internationally known programs in engineering, cellular and molecular biology, earth sciences and mining, psychology and the environmental sciences. The University encompasses the University of Nevada School of Medicine, a statewide program with campuses in Las Vegas and Reno and a health network that extends to rural Nevada. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the nation’s largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world.

Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education as a Comprehensive Doctoral institution with High Research activity. 

Living in the Nevada Wolf Pack Community

The University of Nevada, Reno emphasizes the quality of the student experience and extends the opportunity to participate in research to its undergraduate students. New facilities, an array of student clubs and organizations, Nevada Wolf Pack athletics and arts programming from exhibits to performances all contribute to a vibrant campus life. With its main, Reno campus nestled at the intersection of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada mountains and less than an hour’s drive from Lake Tahoe, University students enjoy outdoor recreation including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and camping. 

By its very proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Great Basin, the University is in a unique position to study and research the many facets of these diverse environmental settings. At Lake Tahoe, Nevada researchers, often accompanied by students, have studied everything from the lake’s watershed to the effects of wildfire on water clarity.

On campus, significant new facilities are helping shape the vibrancy of the University and the future of the state. Especially notable are the Joe Crowley Student Union and the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the country. These neighboring facilities form a hub for student socializing, engagement, leadership and learning.

Academiclly oriented competitions have become a hallmark of the University experience, and student teams are enjoying an increasingly high standard of accomplishment in national competitions. In recent years, University teams have won regional, national or world titles in civil engineering, mining engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering integrated marketing communications, debate and ROTC. Opportunities for engagement, leadership and learning are further extended through active, contributing student governments and more than 200 student clubs and organizations.