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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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Vision and Mission

Our mission is for UNLV’s diverse faculty, students, staff, and alumni to promote community well-being and individual achievement through education, research, scholarship, creative activities, and clinical services. We stimulate economic development and diversification, foster a climate of innovation, promote health, and enrich the cultural vitality of the communities that we serve. Our vision is that by 2025, UNLV will be recognized as a top tier public university in research, education, and community impact.

University Leadership

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D., joined UNLV as its 11th president on Aug. 24. An experienced university administrator and prolific scholar, President Whitfield is a former university provost and psychologist with expertise on the social, psychological, and cultural factors related to cognition and healthy aging.

U-N-L-V President Keith Whitfield under We Are U-N-L-V sign
Several students, wearing U.N.L.V. shirts, laying on the ground

Diversity

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. 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.

Free Speech

As a public university, UNLV is committed to upholding and protecting freedom of expression. This includes constitutionally protected rights of free speech and assembly, regardless of content.

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Highlights

From creating community partnerships and advancing student achievement, to promoting research, scholarship, and creative activity, we work hard to achieve our goal of becoming a top 100 American research university.

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Facts and Stats (2020)

25,869
undergraduate students
4,261
graduate students
1,043
professional students
85.4%
Nevadans
64.9%
minorities
51.7%
first-generation (neither parent earned a four-year degree)
29%
first-generation (neither parent attended college)
129,340
alumni
240+
Undergraduate and graduate majors degree and certificate programs
77,438
Alumni who live and work in Nevada
1st
Four-year institution in Nevada to reach Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent
99
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 »

A look back at UNLV's earliest Homecoming events.
Jerry Vallen
Low angle view of the watch tower sculpture on the UNLV campus.
An aerial photo shows Sam Boyd Stadium in 1971.
a mace on a stand
A woman in a white dress and white boots rides an elephant festooned with a tiara and UNLV-emblazoned blanket.
couple laying on lawn