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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 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

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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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

25,288
undergraduate students
4,298
graduate students
888
professional students
84%
Nevadans
61%
minorities
30%
first-generation
120,360
alumni
300+
Undergraduate and graduate majors
71,350
Alumni who live and work in Nevada
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
70
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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Boyd Law School
The demolition of the Dunes casino
A look back at UNLV's earliest Homecoming events.
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