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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. Check out our highlights to learn our impact.

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The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is building a successful community of engineering leaders, with four of its graduate programs earning top 100 spots on U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Graduate Colleges. The programs include: nuclear engineering (28), aerospace studies (68), environmental engineering (77), and civil engineering (97).


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16 student-athletes from the UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving program were named to their respective College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America lists. To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

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The UNLV Cyber Clinic received a notable mention during a congressional hearing and in an Office of the National Cyber Director report. In addition to the federally supported Cyber Clinic, the university’s Cybersecurity Center program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and is a recipient of the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program led by the National Science Foundation.

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UNLV Director of Athletics Erick Harper has been named The Leadership Playbook’s 2023-24 Administrator of the Year for Public Universities. The award recognizes individuals in leadership positions who strive to develop other leaders, make people and situations better, and provide a positive example for those they influence. Harper, who is in his fourth year as Director of Athletics at UNLV, was also recently appointed to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.

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UNLV Sports Innovation has partnered with Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics to create the Sports, Entertainment and Innovation Conference (SEICon). A first of its kind conferece, SEICon will host thought leaders and subject matter experts from across the globe to educate, collaborate, and create dynamic ventures. Attendees will have opportunities to meet industry executives and explore the latest innovations in sports and entertainment, esports and gaming, sports sociology and diversity, broadcast brands and media, research and development, and more.

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UNLV student-athletes continue to excel academically — achieving a record 14th-straight semester with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. 168 UNLV student-athletes earned Dean's Honor List recognition for spring 2024, and the 88% student-athlete graduation rate set a record for the third straight year. 

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Gemma Lagasca, a first-generation Filipino American student from the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, joined the Raiders Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative. The initiative aims to diversify the pipeline of students interested in sports medicine careers while also diversifying NFL club medical staffs across the league, creating more opportunities among different backgrounds within the world of sports medicine.

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Two UNLV students were selected as winners in the inaugural Sphere XO Student Design Challenge, which invited local students to create art for the Exosphere – the LED exterior of Sphere in Las Vegas. Graduate math student Linjie Ying and architecture student Raul Montez each won a $10,000 education scholarship and the opportunity to have their artwork displayed on the Exosphere throughout the summer. The contest represented a first-of-its-kind community collaboration between Sphere, the CCSD, and UNLV.