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UNLV Highlights

UNLV is committed to joining the nation’s top tier of research institutions through a focused effort to attract top students and faculty, educate a diversifying population and workforce, and drive economic activity through research and community partnerships to create a more vibrant economy. Establishing a medical school and attaining top tier status will substantially enhance UNLV’s current $1.8 billion economic impact.

UNLV School of Medicine

Establishing an independent allopathic degree-granting public medical school in Southern Nevada is a top priority for UNLV. It will make significant contributions to the university’s Top Tier efforts, boost the regional economy and health care industry, and provide Southern Nevada with more access to the quality health care it deserves.

Planning began in November 2013 with a memorandum of understanding between UNLV, the Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. A statewide steering committee is guiding the process, and Dr. Barbara Atkinson, founding dean, is working with the campus to develop the school’s vision and curriculum, oversee academic planning and fundraising, and establish a community advisory committee.

Economic Development

As the largest research university in the state and the only one in Southern Nevada, UNLV is dedicated to developing and supporting the human capital, regional infrastructure, and economic diversification that Nevada needs for a sustainable future. UNLV is a strong partner in the governor’s economic development plan. It is committed to producing the highly qualified workforce our community needs; bringing more federal and private grant funding to Southern Nevada; and partnering with industry to create new businesses through the commercialization of the intellectual property at UNLV.

Academic Success

UNLV is committed to creating an environment conducive to academic success – from the day students arrive on campus for orientation, during their academic career, and into their chosen careers. This includes a new general education curriculum that creates a more defined pathway for undergraduates with a course structure that presents and reinforces a clear set of skills all students should possess, more access to academic and career advising, and greater connectivity with future employers through enhanced research and academic partnerships with industry.

Current Building Initiatives

UNLV’s campus master plan calls for the completion of several major initiatives in the near future, including a $59 million academic building for the Harrah College of Hotel Administration that will help the college raise the bar for hospitality education and serve as a bridge to the resort industry with public and private support from the state of Nevada and hospitality, gaming and tourism industries.


  • A UNLV's "Metal Rebel" finished eighth in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, a Defense Department event that challenged engineering teams from around the world to create humanoid robots capable of using tools, driving and navigating a disaster simulation course.

  • The UNLV Center for Gaming Innovation, which supports Las Vegas' role as the intellectual capital for global gaming, has worked with students on 25 provisional patent applications, three new companies, and nearly a dozen sold student patents.

  • UNLV is helping the many Clark County residents who are concerned about airborne pollen and allergies through its pollen-monitoring program. UNLV, along with the Clark County School District, worked to revive a program the county eliminated a few years ago because of budget cuts.

  • UNLV’s nursing online master’s degree program is ranked 13th nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Recent supercomputing donations by Switch and Intel are revolutionizing UNLV’s research and computing power. The donation of the Cherry Creek Super Computer, along with extensive network upgrades, is making UNLV one of the most tech-connected universities in the nation.

  • UNLV’s Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, in partnership with the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, has received a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve access to high-quality early childhood education programs in Nevada.

  • Boyd Law School is offering the country’s first Master of Laws in Gaming Law and Regulation, cementing UNLV’s reputation as the intellectual capital of global gaming.

  • A $12.9 million gift from the estate of philanthropist Kitty Rodman has been directed to the College of Education to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students studying special education.

  • UNLV’s literary center, Black Mountain Institute, announced a $20 million gift from The Rogers Foundation to further support creative writing programs and students. The Rogers Foundation initially pledged $10 million in 2013, now totaling the gift to $30 million.


  • Overall enrollment continues to rise at UNLV. The university again welcomed its largest–ever freshman class, with a 15 to 20 percent increase in non-resident students. The entering class of the surging Honors College has quadrupled over the past four years, bringing the total to more than 700.

  • Contrary to its commuter campus reputation, UNLV has more full-time students than event – approximately 75 percent – any many are calling campus home, with new residence halls under construction to keep up with demand.

  • A team of UNLV accounting students won a national competition sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Last year, UNLV distributed more than $240 million in financial aid.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UNLV the nation's second most diverse university for undergrads. UNLV meets federal Minority Serving Institution requirements as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander – Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).