Our University

Since our 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, our urban university has become an indispensable resource in one of the country's fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a public research institution committed to rigorous educational programs and the highest standards of a liberal education.

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University Leadership

Len Jessup joined UNLV as its 10th president in January 2015. An accomplished leader in higher education, Jessup brings experience as a university professor, administrator, entrepreneur and fundraiser.

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Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV continues to rise in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university is tied for first in the publication’s annual Best Ethnic Diversity listing. UNLV has placed in the top 10 for the past six years and continues to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.

Facts and Stats

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Academic Programs
Most diverse university for undergraduates, according to U.S. News & World Report
Four-year institution in Nevada to reach Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent
Cultural, ethnic, and religious-based student organizations that call UNLV home

University Policies and Statements

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Explore Our History

Thanks to its innovative frontier spirit, UNLV has kept pace with one of the country's fastest-growing and most enterprising cities. Our History »

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