Common Data Set 2015-16

January 27, 2016

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Since its first classes were held on campus in 1957, UNLV has transformed itself from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution. Along the way, the university has become an indispensable resource in one of the country's fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.


UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 28,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff members, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. The university has recognized programs in hotel administration, creative writing, nursing, law and dispute resolution, entertainment engineering, architecture, sciences, and fine arts. The entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas offers students a “living laboratory” for research, internships, and a wide variety of job opportunities for its students.


Through its Tier One initiative, UNLV is committed to enhancing efforts to attract top students and faculty, to educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, and to driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships that will lead to a more vibrant and sustainable economy. 


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 William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration is a world-renowned hotel college with an international campus in Singapore. The college offers one of the world’s best programs in hotel, hospitality and leisure services. UNLV, with its location in Las Vegas, offers students world-class opportunities to acquire professional experience along with a highly ranked academic degree.

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, homeland security, nanotechnology and structures.

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 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 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 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 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs emphasizes improvement of the quality of urban life through preparing students for professional practice in each of its disciplines. Through an active collaboration among students, faculty, professionals and community members, the college participates in a dynamic partnership of interdisciplinary learning, service, and scholarship.

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 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 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 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.