University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, Nevada

#308 National Colleges

88.22% Admission Rate
Least Selective

16,917 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential
The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada, the University of Nevada, or UNR) is a public land-grant research university in Reno, Nevada. It is the state's flagship public university and primary land grant institution. It was founded on October 12, 1874, in Elko, Nevada.

Founded as Nevada's land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno is built on the belief that access to education and knowledge is essential to human progress. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the university has more than 21,000 students and is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Cooperative Extension and NCAA Division I Wolf Pack Athletics. Through its commitment to student success, world improving research, and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the university delivers on its land-grant mission across the state and around the world.

The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. According to the National Science Foundation, the university spent $144 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 139th in the nation.

The campus is home to the large-scale structures laboratory in the College of Engineering, which has put Nevada researchers at the forefront nationally in a wide range of civil engineering, earthquake and large-scale structures testing and modeling.

The state's first medical school, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, is on the campus in Nevada's major urban center in Reno and a health network that extends to much of rural Nevada. The medical school includes 16 clinical departments and five nationally recognized basic science departments. The university is also home to the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, which has produced six Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Reno, Nevada

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 15.6%
Health Professions And Related Programs 15.4%
Engineering 12.5%
Social Sciences 10.0%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 9.8%
Psychology 5.5%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4.9%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3.7%
Education 3.4%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2.2%
Natural Resources And Conservation 2.1%
Physical Sciences 2.0%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1.9%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1.9%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.6%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.5%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.2%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 1.2%
History 0.9%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.8%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.4%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.1%


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Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1174 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 650 590 530
Verbal 640 590 540

ACT Scores

24 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 26 23 20
English 26 23 19