Common Data Set 2016-17

January 31, 2017

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Since its first classes were held on campus in 1957, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has transformed from a small branch college into a thriving research university, becoming an indispensable resource in one of the country’s most enterprising cities.


A comprehensive research university, UNLV offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and is classified as a Carnegie research university with high research activity. These include internationally and nationally recognized programs in hotel administration, engineering, business, creative writing, conflict resolution, legal writing, and nursing. UNLV has professional degrees in law, architecture, and dental medicine and outstanding programs in the fine and liberal arts, sciences, and education. The new UNLV School of Medicine will welcome its charter class in summer 2017.


UNLV is committed to joining the nation’s leading public research institutions through its Top Tier initiative, a focused effort to attract top students and faculty, educate a diversifying population and workforce, and drive economic activity through high-level research and community partnerships to create a more vibrant economy.


The university strives to create an environment conducive to academic success – from the day students arrive for orientation, during their time on campus and into their chosen careers. This includes a booming Honors College, an innovative curriculum with a defined course path for undergraduates, and access to academic and career advising – including a dedicated Academic Success Center.


UNLV is a federally designated Minority Serving Institution and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 


Academic Highlights

UNLV is home to:

Brookings Mountain West, a partnership between UNLV and the prestigious Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, brings high-quality, independent, and impactful research to issues facing the dynamic and fast-growing Intermountain West.

The Lincy Institute conducts and supports research focused on improving Nevada’s health, education, and social services. This research builds capacity for service providers and enhances efforts to draw state and federal money to the greater Las Vegas. The Institute also highlights key issues that affect public policy and quality-of-life decisions on behalf of children, seniors, and families in Nevada.

The renowned Black Mountain Institute recently marked its tenth year as a literary center dedicated to promoting discourse on today's most pressing issues. Among its many programs, the institute operates the nation’s first City of Asylum program, a safe haven for writers whose voices are muffled by censorship, or who are living with the threat of imprisonment or assassination.

The Lee Business School is one of the largest schools at UNLV. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, it is one of only 600 business schools worldwide to achieve this level of accreditation, marking the highest standard of achievement for business schools.

The College of Education is committed to preparing professionals for diverse educational settings and contributing to educational and pedagogical knowledge through scholarly endeavors. The College stimulates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service.

The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering produces graduates who are well prepared to find real-world solutions to technical challenges. The undergraduate program affords students the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and learn principles of entrepreneurism in addition to the theory taught in the classroom. Faculty and students conduct research in areas such as renewable energy, transportation, nanotechnology and structures.

The College of Fine Arts is one of the most rapidly growing and largest fine arts programs in the country. Students are trained by some of the best professionals in the field of entertainment. Faculty and alumni of the fine arts program have won national acclaim, receiving Emmy, Grammy, and Showtime awards.

The Division of Health Sciences is comprised of the schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, Community Health Sciences, and Allied Health. Guided by a mission that demands UNLV serve its community, the division is using research, education, training and service to form unique public and private partnerships. These partnerships help provide quality healthcare to the underserved, educate future professionals, and explore ways to improve the health and well being of our citizens.

The Honors College is a selective undergraduate college that offers a unique liberal arts and sciences experience for high-achieving and highly motivated students. Coupled with the extensive research and cultural opportunities of a large urban university, the Honors College offers an exceptional value in higher education. The College is an educational partner with the “discipline” colleges of the University in which Honors students pursue their academic majors. The combination of a central Honors intellectual core and specialized learning in a major discipline helps develop graduates who are fully prepared to succeed in graduate and professional schools and in rewarding careers.

The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration is a global leader in hospitality research and education, immersing its students in the art, science, and business of this dynamic industry. UNLV, with its location in Las Vegas, offers students world-class opportunities to acquire professional experience along with a highly ranked academic degree.

The William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV is a vibrant community of students and scholars who are developing conscientious, skilled, engaged lawyers who can tackle the multifaceted issues that confront the new cities of the Intermountain West and increasingly, the rest of the country. The highly ranked legal writing program, the nationally ranked clinical program, the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic, and the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, along with an outstanding faculty and a culture of student involvement and support, are key opportunities available to students.

The College of Liberal Arts, the largest academic college at UNLV, offers a rich variety of majors and interdisciplinary programs in the liberal arts. Students develop an array of intellectual skills and a diverse understanding of broad and varied issues.

The UNLV School of Medicine will be a full-scale, four-year allopathic medical school that is scheduled to welcome its charter class in summer 2017. The medical school's mission is to improve access to high-quality health care in Southern Nevada by increasing the number of physicians and trained specialists who are committed to serving the region. The accompanying academic health center will serve as core infrastructure for the entire local medical community and generate top-quality research spanning basic and clinical sciences.

The College of Sciences develops students and nurtures faculty who generate knowledge at the forefront of science. The discovery and understanding of the physical world, including biological systems, the investigation of alternative energy resources and fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of the earth and the universe are key subject areas in the college’s curriculum.

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs emphasizes improvement of the quality of urban life through preparing students for professional practice in each of its disciplines. College faculty, students, and staff make a difference in the world by developing effective and original solutions for 21st century urban challenges. Students are developing unique solutions together with outstanding faculty and many local leaders.