University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno is the state’s historic flagship institution of higher education. The University has a student enrollment of more than 16,000, including about 3,200 graduate students, and a total budget of nearly $500 million.
The University provides a broad range of programs and degree options, ranging from baccalaureate degrees in more than 75 disciplines to more than 100 graduate-degree programs at the master’s and doctoral level. The University of Nevada School of Medicine is a vital component of the University, with campuses in both of Nevada’s major urban centers, Las Vegas and Reno, and a health network that extends to much of rural Nevada.
The University of Nevada was founded in 1874 in Elko as the state’s first institution of higher education. Relocated to Reno in 1887, the University remained the state’s only institution of higher education for 75 years. The first building on the Reno campus, Morrill Hall, is still in use today, and the campus has grown from a small cluster of buildings surrounding a central quadrangle (modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia), to a 250-acre site just north of downtown Reno. The University is one of eight institutions of higher education governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education.
The University has 76 undergraduate degree programs, and more than 100 graduate degree programs (66 master’s and 37 doctoral programs) from which students may choose. New majors approved recently include Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Science, Forest and Rangeland Management, Wildlife Ecology, and Computer and Information Engineering. The University is also in the process of adding new Ph.D. programs in Mathematics, Statistics, and Geography, and a new interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Environmental Studies.
The tuition for Nevada resident undergraduates is among the lowest in the western United States and is a reflection of the Board of Regents’ and state legislature’s policy to provide access to as many Nevada high school graduates as are qualified. For example, the resident undergraduate tuition and fees total $2,850, which is lower than all but one of 15 western states. Non-resident undergraduate tuition and fees total $11,524 which is at the median for the western states.
Coupled with its status as a land-grant institution, the University necessarily has a statewide mission and boasts programs and activities in all 17 counties of the state. It has more than 700 employees outside the Reno area, most of them in Las Vegas. It plays a critical role in the promotion of health throughout the state through its Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.
The University’s athletics programs compete in NCAA Division I as part of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The University fields competitive teams in 18 sports, with seven men’s sports and 11 women’s sports teams offering scholarships.