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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?

4,311 Undergraduate Awards
$31,861 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UNLV.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UNLV bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,000 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas Rankings

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.

UNLV has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#124 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#156 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#210 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Human Biology Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Hospitality Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Public Health Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Music Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific 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
#3 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#18 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts College Factual
#27 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#44 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of Nevada - Las Vegas?

Location of University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Contact details for UNLV are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4505 S Maryland Pky, Las Vegas, NV 89154
Phone: 702-895-3011
Website: www.unlv.edu/
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
34% 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 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 34% 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 620.

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

SAT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 510 to 620 )
200
800
UNLV received ACT scores from 82% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Nevada - Las Vegas  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Nevada - Las Vegas?

$31,861 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNLV is $31,861. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNLV, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $5,324 a year. That adds up to $21,296 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

19,523 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,827 undergraduate students at UNLV, with 19,523 being full-time and 6,304 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UNLV

There are also 5,344 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,523 full-time undergraduates at UNLV, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNLV

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNLV Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,415
Black or African American 1,535
Hispanic or Latino 5,891
White 5,508
International Students 648
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,526

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

1,492 Took All Classes Online
12,680 Took At Least One Class Online
5.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at UNLV. In 2017-2018, 12,680 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UNLV

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Nevada - Las Vegas was 5.1%. This is the #1,661 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
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Civil Engineering 16%
Education 10%
Educational Administration 2%
Health Professions 1%
Hospitality Management 9%
Nursing 4%
Psychology 4%
Social Sciences 19%
Urban Studies 72%

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
Hospitality Management #40
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #56
Public Administration #70
Public Health #72
Psychology #155
Public Administration & Social Service #157
Educational Administration #193
Health & Medical Administrative Services #245
Nursing #360
Education #473

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 0 577 0 29 3 609
General Psychology 0 337 0 14 9 360
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 283 0 5 0 288
Accounting 0 182 0 74 0 256
General Biology 0 244 0 6 5 255
Health & Physical Education 0 239 0 12 2 253
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 183 6 25 9 223
Business Administration & Management 0 127 3 81 0 211
Communication & Media Studies 0 190 0 10 0 200
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1 188 6 195
Nursing 0 135 2 19 15 171
Finance & Financial Management 0 140 0 0 0 140
Special Education 0 25 0 108 3 136
Social Work 0 59 0 70 0 129
Law 0 0 0 0 125 125
Computer Science 0 96 0 21 2 119
General English Literature 0 103 0 0 7 110
Marketing 0 96 0 0 0 96
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 93 93
Sociology 0 82 0 5 4 91
Political Science & Government 0 79 0 2 2 83
Mechanical Engineering 0 64 0 7 4 75
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 52 0 23 0 75
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 69 0 2 0 71
Economics 0 62 0 8 0 70
Fine & Studio Arts 0 59 0 6 0 65
Educational Administration 0 0 4 51 6 61
Public Administration 0 2 16 40 0 58
Student Counseling 0 0 0 57 0 57
Civil Engineering 0 28 0 25 3 56
Allied Health Professions 0 55 0 0 0 55
Drama & Theater Arts 0 36 0 15 0 51
History 0 42 0 6 1 49
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 48 0 0 0 48
Music 0 26 0 16 6 48
Design & Applied Arts 0 44 0 0 0 44
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 33 0 8 0 41
Electrical Engineering 0 28 0 9 3 40
Mathematics 0 26 0 9 3 38
Nutrition Science 0 37 0 1 0 38
Anthropology 0 33 0 3 2 38
Human Services 0 37 0 0 0 37
Urban Studies 0 36 0 0 0 36
Data Processing 0 28 5 1 0 34
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 34 34
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 32 0 0 0 32
International Business 0 30 0 0 0 30
Romance Languages 0 23 0 5 0 28
Public Health 0 3 2 18 5 28
Information Technology 0 0 0 27 0 27
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 5 8 12 25
General Architecture 0 21 0 0 0 21
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 21 0 0 0 21
Dance 4 16 0 0 0 20
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 19 0 19
Philosophy 0 19 0 0 0 19
Computer Engineering 0 17 0 0 0 17
General Social Sciences 0 17 0 0 0 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 16 0 0 0 16
Writing Studies 0 0 0 15 0 15
Physics 0 5 0 6 1 12
Landscape Architecture 0 11 0 0 0 11
Construction Management 0 10 0 0 0 10
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 4 6 0 10
Chemistry 0 6 0 0 4 10
Interior Architecture 0 9 0 0 0 9
Area Studies 0 8 0 0 0 8
Real Estate 0 7 0 0 0 7
Ethnic Studies 0 7 0 0 0 7
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 6 0 6
Germanic Languages 0 5 0 0 0 5
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 5 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 4
Legal Research 0 0 0 4 0 4
Other Engineering 0 0 1 1 0 2
Human Biology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 1 1 2
Management Information Systems 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Education 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other Education 0 0 1 0 0 1
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 1
Construction Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 1
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 1 0 0 1
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 1 1
Culinary Arts 0 1 0 0 0 1
Architecture (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical 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
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
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 4 4,307 52 1,078 378 5,819

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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