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About UNLV

Background and Context

In its 56-year history, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), has undergone an amazing transformation, from a dusty outpost on the south edge of town to a thriving urban research institution. Along the way, thanks to its innovative frontier spirit, UNLV has kept pace with one of the country's fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.

The University began as a branch of the University of Nevada, Reno before gaining independence in 1968, surpassing Reno in student enrollment just nine years later. Over the next three decades, UNLV continued this heady rate of development — erecting more than 100 buildings, developing dozens of graduate programs, creating partnerships with the community, fielding nationally ranked sports teams, founding an alumni association, promoting scholarship, establishing a fundraising foundation, and recruiting diverse and talented students from across the country.

Today, UNLV is home to more than 850 full-time faculty who teach more than 28,000 students, including 5,000 graduate and professional students, and the University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a High Research Activity University. The University also competes in 16 Division I sports. U.S. News & World Report recently placed UNLV at No. 12 in its ranking of most popular national universities by accepted student yield (59.7 percent).

The University is comprised of the following colleges and divisions:

UNLV has an operating budget of $228 million, of which approximately 30 percent comes from the state of Nevada. In fiscal year 2013, UNLV received more than $80 million in grant funding, with approximately $43.2 million from sponsored activities, including significant support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The University recently completed its first capital campaign, raising over $537 million.