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University of Nevada - Reno Overview

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

What Is University of Nevada - Reno Known For?

4,131 Undergraduate Awards
$33,062 Avg Cost After Aid
88% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UNR have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UNR.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UNR makes roughly $47,000 a year. This is 15% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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University of Nevada - Reno Rankings

UNR is ranked #4 out of 17 schools in Nevada.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#129 Most Popular Bachelor’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 UNR.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Teaching Assistants Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Teaching Assistants Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Nutrition Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Value Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#48 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#52 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#61 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#89 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is University of Nevada - Reno?

Location of University of Nevada - Reno

Contact details for UNR are given below.

Contact Details
Address: North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-784-1110
Website: www.unr.edu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/unevadareno

How Do I Get Into UNR?

You can apply to UNR online at: www.unr.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for UNR

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNR?

88% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
52% Submit SAT Scores
UNR has the high acceptance rate of 88%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Average Test Scores

About 52% of students accepted to UNR submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 540 to 630 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800
UNR received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Nevada - Reno?

$33,062 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
5.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNR is $33,062. 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 UNR, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $5,928 a year. That adds up to $23,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNR is 5.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Nevada - Reno Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,788 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,297 undergraduate students at UNR, with 14,788 being full-time and 2,509 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,696 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,788 full-time undergraduates at UNR, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNR

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNR Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,279
Black or African American 503
Hispanic or Latino 3,257
White 8,061
International Students 150
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,538

Geographic Diversity

Nevada students aren't the only ones who study at University of Nevada - Reno. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at UNR. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and India.

Online Learning at University of Nevada - Reno

955 Took All Classes Online
4,661 Took At Least One Class Online
19.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 4,661 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 5th 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 UNR

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Nevada - Reno was 19.3%. This is the #920 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNR regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 8%
Nursing 6%
Public Administration & Social Service 10%
Public Health 52%
Social Work 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNR 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 UNR.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Social Work #26
Public Health #26
Public Administration & Social Service #64
Nursing #173
Business Administration & Management #260
Health Professions #289
Business, Management & Marketing #332

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 - Reno 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
Health Sciences & Services 0 387 0 0 0 387
General Psychology 0 236 0 0 0 236
General Biology 0 197 0 6 0 203
Social Work 0 76 0 126 0 202
Nursing 0 147 6 30 13 196
Marketing 0 187 0 0 0 187
Mechanical Engineering 0 168 0 6 4 178
General Business/Commerce 0 172 0 0 0 172
Criminology 0 161 0 3 0 164
Finance & Financial Management 0 142 0 7 0 149
Human Development & Family Studies 0 145 0 3 0 148
Journalism 0 138 0 7 0 145
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 116 0 25 0 141
Accounting 0 122 0 17 0 139
Business Administration & Management 0 26 0 112 0 138
Computer Engineering 0 106 0 22 7 135
Computer Information Systems 0 92 0 11 0 103
Civil Engineering 0 74 0 13 10 97
Political Science & Government 0 87 0 4 2 93
Communication Sciences 0 65 0 24 0 89
General English Literature 0 65 0 10 6 81
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 72 0 3 0 75
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 75 0 0 0 75
Economics 0 69 0 5 0 74
Communication & Media Studies 0 63 0 5 0 68
Medicine 0 0 0 0 63 63
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 59 0 0 1 60
Romance Languages 0 58 0 0 0 58
Chemistry 0 36 0 5 17 58
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 57 0 0 0 57
Natural Resources Conservation 0 45 0 5 0 50
Electrical Engineering 0 43 0 1 4 48
Nutrition Science 0 47 0 1 0 48
International Relations & National Security 0 46 0 0 0 46
Educational Administration 0 0 0 43 0 43
Sociology 0 38 0 5 0 43
Public Health 8 0 0 34 0 42
Anthropology 0 36 0 4 2 42
Mathematics 0 33 0 6 0 39
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 26 0 10 3 39
History 0 36 0 2 0 38
Chemical Engineering 0 33 0 2 0 35
Fine & Studio Arts 0 33 0 2 0 35
Wildlife Management 0 32 0 0 0 32
Other Agriculture 0 31 0 0 0 31
Philosophy 0 16 6 7 0 29
Music 0 20 0 7 0 27
Student Counseling 0 0 0 26 0 26
Mining Engineering 0 18 0 7 0 25
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 10 15 25
Environmental Engineering 0 18 0 5 1 24
Biotechnology 0 3 0 20 0 23
International Business 0 22 0 0 0 22
Physics 0 16 0 2 4 22
Geography & Cartography 0 16 0 5 1 22
Other Engineering 0 0 21 0 0 21
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 18 3 21
Geoscience Engineering 0 19 0 1 0 20
Gerontology 18 0 0 0 0 18
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 17 0 0 0 17
Special Education 0 0 0 16 0 16
General Agriculture 0 14 0 0 0 14
Materials Engineering 0 6 0 4 3 13
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 12 0 12
Ethnic Studies 0 7 5 0 0 12
General Education 0 0 0 0 11 11
Public Administration 0 0 0 10 0 10
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 4 0 2 3 9
Forestry 0 8 0 0 0 8
Biomedical Engineering 0 4 0 3 0 7
Mental & Social Health Services 4 0 3 0 0 7
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 6 0 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0 0 6
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 4 5
Writing Studies 0 0 0 5 0 5
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 4 4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 4 0 4
Plant Sciences 0 2 0 1 0 3
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Engineering Physics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Metallurgical Engineering 0 3 0 0 0 3
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 0 2 2
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 2 0 0 2
Dance 0 2 0 0 0 2
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 1 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 0 1 0 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 30 4,101 50 726 186 5,093

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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