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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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Mission

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a public research institution committed to rigorous educational programs, and promoting well-being and achievement through education, research, scholarship, and creative activity for our diverse faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community.

University Leadership

Marta Meana was appointed acting president effective July 1, 2018. A highly respected clinician, researcher, and educator, Meana is lauded for her contributions to teaching, psychology and women’s health.

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Crowd at the Premier U.N.L.V. event, showing the diversity of students

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. 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.

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

24,702
undergraduate students
5,000+
graduate and professional students
1,237
international students
1033
faculty members
83
countries represented by international students
300+
registered undergraduate organizations
1,710
students living in residence halls
146
Academic Programs
390+
Majors, Minors & Certificates
1st
Most diverse university for undergraduates, according to U.S. News & World Report
1st
Four-year institution in Nevada to reach Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent
52
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 »

The demolition of the Dunes casino
A look back at UNLV's earliest Homecoming events.
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Jerry Vallen
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