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A Carnegie R1 Research University

UNLV is a public, urban research institution that holds the nation’s highest recognition for both research and community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – R1, the gold standard for research institutions. These distinctions underscore UNLV’s vision to become one of the nation’s premier public universities for research, education, and community impact.

UNLV research is central to Nevada’s economic renaissance, increasing the availability of good-paying jobs and the secondary industries that support them. We put our expertise to work through projects and partnerships that solve challenges, create opportunities, and answer the profound questions of our time. UNLV research also directly translates to teaching, elevating student learning and bringing context to issues facing our state, nation, and world.

Admission Resources

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Commitment to Student Success

UNLV is focused on success for its students, from orientation, through their time on campus, and into their chosen careers. This includes a vibrant Honors College, access to academic and career advising, and an innovative curriculum that is responsive to workforce needs and focused on career readiness.

An array of internship and research opportunities also strengthens the
academic experience, allowing students to engage directly with industry leaders and tackle pressing real-world issues alongside some of the world’s leading experts.

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, UNLV is committed to equity and inclusion throughout its operations and meets federal Minority Serving Institution requirements as an Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Facts and Stats

Total enrollment
* For "campus ethnic diversity"
* Top 100 graduate and professional programs
Active-duty and military veteran students
Students who are first in family to earn a degree
Research Doctorates degrees awarded FY23

* According to U.S. News & World Report

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Fueling Nevada’s Workforce

UNLV’s graduates make a difference every day as engineers, scientists, educators, health professionals, artists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. Their impact can be felt in boardrooms, court rooms, exam rooms, and classrooms worldwide and here in the Silver State, where UNLV alumni overwhelmingly choose to remain after graduation.

  • More than 60% of UNLV alumni reside in Nevada.
  • This includes more than 5,000 K-12 teachers; 9,000 hotel and tourism professionals; and thousands of health care professionals, business owners, artists, and managers.
  • Nearly 80% of Boyd School of Law graduates remain in Nevada.


Land Acknowledgement Statement

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas wishes to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities of this region, and recognize that the university is situated on the traditional homelands of the Nuwu (noo·woo), Southern Paiute (pai·oot) People.