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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

At UNLV, possibilities are determined not by circumstance, but by spirit. It’s something we have inherited from the city we call home. From education and culture to the economy and renewable energy, what once was spoken as potential is now being realized in tangible advancements at the university, within the community, and across the region.

UNLV is a comprehensive research university of nearly  28,000 students and more than 2,900 faculty and staff. The university has internationally recognized programs in hotel administration and creative writing; professional degrees in law, architecture, and dental medicine; and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic Southern Nevada. The university is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Living in the Community

UNLV has made great strides forward—strides that are part and parcel to providing the cultural and academic center of one of our nation’s most dynamic metropolitan regions. Our students are exposed to rich campus, cultural and community experiences that help define them as individuals while also providing the inspiration to persevere and become well-rounded graduates prepared to lead in their chosen fields.

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

UNLV’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students become part of an engaging campus culture—one dedicated to those who flourish under high academic standards and who are committed to enhancing the educational experience through research with an entrepreneurial, innovative, and unconventional spirit. The UNLV campus community is dedicated to engaging with the community to meet the many challenges faced in the Southwest brought on by rapid urban growth, economic and cultural diversity, social justice, and sustainability of our fragile ecosystem.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2014?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 28,525

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 23,813
Women 13,147 55%
Men 10,666 45%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 71 <1%
Asian 3,667 15%
African American / Black 1,814 8%
Hispanic 5,937 25%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 343 1%
White 8,721 37%
Two or More Races 2,057 9%
International 881 4%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 322 1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do UNLV undergraduates call home?
Nevada 85%
Other US States & Territories 10%
Other Countries 5%
How old are UNLV undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 23%

New Student Applications (Fall 2014)

Of the 7,408 new freshman applicants, 87% were admitted and 60% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Fall 2014.
Of the 4,726 transfer applicants, 73% were admitted and 69% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Fall 2014.

New Freshman Admissions Info

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New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 19 - 24  
Math 17 - 25 440 - 560
English 17 - 24  
Critical Reading   440 - 550
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 51%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 83%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 83%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.24
Percent who submitted High School GPA 94%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $19,190

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend University of Nevada, Las Vegas varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2012 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


UNLV Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 22 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 59%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 82%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 919
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 39%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 25%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 10%

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Campus-based Housing

24% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
7% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

The UNLV Police Department subscribes to the community policing philosophy. This progressive approach to modern policing is the central theme that guides the department's efforts to interactions with the UNLV community in order to identify and solve problems. In addition, the UNLV Police Department uses a myriad of patrol platforms that enhance the overall effectiveness and delivery of police services to our community around the clock. In addition, the UNLV Police Department uses a myriad of patrol platforms that enhance overall effectiveness and accessibility in order to deliver professional law enforcement and public safety services to our community around the clock.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (high research activity)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Medium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at UNLV

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 86% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 50% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 16% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 85% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 14% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 34% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 45% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 7% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 87% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 93% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 65% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 53% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 92% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 49% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 70% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 90% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 62% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 60% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 83% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 60% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 70% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 72% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 71% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013-14
Degrees awarded at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013-14
Bachelor's 3,726
Master's 928
Doctoral 340
Total 4,994

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Links to degree programs at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Links to degree programs at University of Nevada, Las Vegas





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 53%

Survey Administration Process

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Student Success & Progress Rate

A 79% four-year success and progress rate means that 79% of students starting in Fall 2008 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2008 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 3,024 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 1,487 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2013 that returned for their second year: 77%

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Student Learning at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.