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University of Nevada - Las Vegas Overview

University of Nevada - Las Vegas is a public institution situated in Las Vegas, Nevada. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Nevada - Las Vegas Known For?

4,399 Undergraduate Awards
$32,471 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UNLV.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UNLV with a bachelor's degree make about $45,000 a year. That's 10% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas Rankings

Out of the 11 colleges in Nevada, UNLV is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNLV.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Hospitality Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Urban Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNLV has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best General Hospitality Administration/Management Schools College Factual
#20 Best Hospitality Management Schools College Factual
#106 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#108 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools College Factual
#143 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#297 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is University of Nevada - Las Vegas?

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Contact details for UNLV are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4505 S Maryland Pky, Las Vegas, NV 89154
Phone: 702-895-3011
Facebook: http://www.unlv.edu/directories/socialmedia/facebook

How Do I Get Into UNLV?

You can apply to UNLV online at: https://www.unlv.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for UNLV

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNLV?

81% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
24% Submit SAT Scores
UNLV has an acceptance rate of 81%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 24% of students accepted to UNLV submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 620. Math scores were between 510 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 520 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 510 to 630 )
200
800
UNLV received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 17 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Nevada - Las Vegas?

$32,471 Net Price
27% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNLV is $32,471. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UNLV, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $5,589 a year. That adds up to $22,356 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNLV is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas Undergraduate Student Diversity

19,843 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,864 undergraduate students at UNLV, with 19,843 being full-time and 6,021 being part-time.

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There are also 5,278 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,843 full-time undergraduates at UNLV, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Nevada - Las Vegas students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,452
Black or African American 1,599
Hispanic or Latino 6,323
White 5,471
International Students 500
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,498

Geographic Diversity

Nevada students aren't the only ones who study at University of Nevada - Las Vegas. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 91 countries are represented at UNLV. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at University of Nevada - Las Vegas

13,643 Took All Classes Online
28,938 Took At Least One Class Online
190.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at UNLV. In 2019-2020, 28,938 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNLV has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Nevada for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UNLV

The following table shows how UNLV is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Urban Studies #1 #4
Other Engineering #1 #10
Hospitality Management #7 #13
General Social Sciences #7 #34
Civil Engineering #10 #13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #16 #55
Psychology #16 #80
Public Administration #21 #58
Engineering #22 #63
Health & Medical Administrative Services #28 #106
Public Administration & Social Service #36 #114
Social Sciences #40 #150
Nursing #67 #217

Online Growth Rankings of UNLV

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Nevada - Las Vegas was 190.7%. This is the #288 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNLV regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UNLV majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 8%
Educational Administration 16%
Health Professions 9%
Nursing 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNLV ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UNLV.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Urban Studies #1
Social Sciences #33
Educational Administration #34
Nursing #56
Education #112
Health Professions #172

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Hospitality Management 0 522 0 38 6 566
General Psychology 0 368 0 10 8 386
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 268 0 8 1 277
Health & Physical Education 0 265 0 4 2 271
Communication & Media Studies 0 237 0 10 0 247
Accounting 0 162 0 63 0 225
General Biology 0 210 0 4 7 221
Business Administration & Management 0 111 1 94 0 206
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 161 8 34 3 206
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 3 192 10 205
Nursing 0 155 1 29 14 199
Special Education 0 35 0 121 7 163
Computer Science 0 144 0 12 5 161
Social Work 0 73 0 77 0 150
Finance & Financial Management 0 124 0 0 0 124
Law 0 0 0 0 120 120
Marketing 0 118 0 0 0 118
Mechanical Engineering 0 98 0 5 8 111
General English Literature 0 93 0 0 9 102
Political Science & Government 0 78 0 1 9 88
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 61 0 26 0 87
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 85 85
Educational Administration 0 0 3 69 1 73
Economics 0 66 0 3 0 69
Sociology 0 62 0 2 4 68
Public Administration 0 0 27 41 0 68
Student Counseling 0 0 0 66 0 66
Allied Health Professions 0 57 0 0 0 57
Fine & Studio Arts 0 53 0 4 0 57
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 54 0 2 0 56
History 0 49 0 3 2 54
Civil Engineering 0 30 0 15 8 53
Information Technology 0 0 2 47 0 49
International Business 0 47 0 0 0 47
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 41 0 3 3 47
Electrical Engineering 0 39 0 2 5 46
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 46 46
Drama & Theater Arts 0 40 0 6 0 46
Music 1 25 0 10 9 45
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 43 0 0 0 43
Nutrition Science 0 42 0 0 0 42
Anthropology 0 34 0 2 5 41
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 38 2 0 0 40
Human Services 0 40 0 0 0 40
Data Processing 0 35 0 4 0 39
Design & Applied Arts 0 39 0 0 0 39
Mathematics 0 28 0 4 5 37
Public Health 0 1 2 19 12 34
Urban Studies 0 27 0 0 0 27
Computer Engineering 0 24 0 0 0 24
Romance Languages 0 21 0 2 0 23
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 22 0 0 0 22
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 19 0 2 0 21
General Architecture 0 20 0 0 0 20
Chemistry 0 13 0 0 7 20
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 8 4 8 20
Philosophy 0 18 0 0 0 18
Dance 3 15 0 0 0 18
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 16 0 16
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 16 0 16
Writing Studies 0 0 0 15 0 15
General Social Sciences 0 11 3 0 0 14
Interior Architecture 0 11 0 1 0 12
Landscape Architecture 0 12 0 0 0 12
Construction Management 0 12 0 0 0 12
Physics 0 8 0 2 2 12
Legal Research 0 0 0 9 0 9
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 6 0 6
Other Engineering 0 0 5 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0 0 5
Area Studies 0 4 0 0 0 4
General Education 2 0 1 0 0 3
Architecture (Other) 0 0 2 0 0 2
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 2 0 2
Management Information Systems 0 0 2 0 0 2
Real Estate 0 2 0 0 0 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 2 0 2
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
Human Biology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 2 2
Culinary Arts 0 1 0 0 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 1 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 4,393 70 1,108 415 5,992

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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