University of Nevada Review

The University of Nevada, Reno, is the flagship school of the Nevada System of Higher Education. It is classified as a comprehensive doctoral institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education, and offers doctorates in disciplines such as technology, engineering and medicine.

University of Nevada, Reno Overview

In 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno began as the University Preparatory School in Elko, Nevada. The school moved to its current location in 1885, and until the mid-1900s, it was the only university in the state. Today the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the most funded universities in the nation, and boasts 18 colleges and schools on a 290-acre campus.

The university is home to almost 17,000 students annually, and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in areas such as psychology, nursing and biology. Six alumni of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism have won Pulitzer Prizes. Among its more unique courses, the University of Nevada, Reno offers a graduate degree program in Basque studies, due in part to the large population of Basque in Northern Nevada.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Applicants to the University of Nevada, Reno, must meet criteria which includes the completion of specific high school courses and at least a 3.0 high school GPA. Standardized test scores, transcripts and immunization documentation are also required. Applications can be submitted through the school's admissions website, or by mail.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the main library at the University of Nevada, Reno, provides digital and multimedia resources, traditional library resources and numerous special, archival and digital collections. The Knowledge Center is also home to computer labs, a media lab and instructional design services for faculty (to help teachers incorporate multi-media elements into curriculum).

The University of Nevada, Reno student-faculty ratio is about 17:1. Many colleges, such as the College of Engineering, combine academic lectures with practical labs, internships and research opportunities. In addiction to campus-based classes, online degree and certificate programs are also available.

Colleges and Schools Information

  • College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
  • College of Science
  • College of Business
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Reynolds School of Journalism
  • Graduate School
  • Division of Health Services

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89557
  • Phone Number: (775) 784-1110