Las Vegas

One of UNLV's most valuable assets is its location. The Las Vegas Valley's many world-class resorts, desert destinations, and tourist attractions provide adventure, enrichment, and academic opportunities for our community.

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Unique Connections

Our campus and our city may be young, but there’s no denying that they both are industrious and innovative in spirit and growth. As Rebels, we have unique connections with industry, technology, and leadership exclusive to the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.

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Learning Opportunities in Las Vegas

culinary students from Singapore work in the Boyd Dining Room kitchen
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Hospitality and Gaming

Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is also a top-three global leader in the hospitality industry, and one of the most-visited tourist destinations. Located just minutes from UNLV, the Las Vegas Strip provides the perfect setting for students to gain hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities not found anywhere else — from headlining their own magic show and developing new gaming machines, to creating innovative costumes for Cirque du Soleil and having the ear of top industry executives.

Vegas knights players on the ice
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Vegas Sports

UNLV prides itself on being innovative in its response to emerging opportunities. A burgeoning Las Vegas professional sport industry — including the Golden Knights, Raiders, Aces, Lights, and Aviators — offers a new workforce need for UNLV to step up and feed, as we continue to play a distinct role in transforming the image of Las Vegas and identity of those who live here.

Mountaint West eSports showdown with Boise State

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eSports

With Las Vegas developing into a major esports destination, the opportunities have been plentiful for students and faculty— our esports lab was the first class that any university has offered of its kind, our 8-bit esports team won the first-ever Mountain West eSports Showdown, and our researchers are examining the relationship between resorts, eSports and the Gaming Control Board.

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Petroglyphs at the Valley of Fire state park

Photograph: Aaron Mayes/UNLV Photo Services

Desert Research

The surrounding desert landscape provides our students and faculty the opportunity for hands-on interaction and groundbreaking discoveries, including life sciences students observing samplings of the springs at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge to geologist Stephen Rowland’s discovery of 28 footprints left behind by a reptile-like creature 310 million years ago — the oldest ever to be found in Grand Canyon National Park.

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The Region

Of course, any college experience includes more than the intellectual stimulation of the classroom and the physical confines of the city and campus. It also takes color and character from the university's larger environment. For UNLV, this is the Southwest — only four to five hours by car from the beaches and Hollywood hills of Southern California to the major metropolitan areas of Utah and Arizona.

Photograph: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Destinations Near Las Vegas

Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles
Downtown Phoenix skyline
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La Jolla Beach in San Diego
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View of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
 
Closeup of sandstone

Recreation

Mild desert temperatures make outdoor recreation possible throughout the year in Southern Nevada. Within a 30-mile radius lie the shores of Lake Mead, massive Hoover Dam and the Colorado River recreation area, the snow-skiing and hiking trails of 12,000-foot Mount Charleston, and a panorama of red-rock mountains and eroded sandstone landscapes.

Photograph: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Recreational Activities Near Las Vegas

Woman hikes at Red Rock
Photograph: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Several snowboarders on snowy mountain
Photograph: Brian Jones / Las Vegas News Bureau
Aerial of Hoover Dam
 
Woman canoos at Lake Mead
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Hikers at Zion National Park
 
A raft floats in the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon
 
Man dressed in Elvis costume runs a race on the Las Vegas strip

Las Vegas - it’s in our name, it’s where we call home, and it’s a big part of who we are. Where else can you experience more than 300 days of sunshine a year, run a marathon alongside Elvis, and have unparalleled educational opportunities right at your fingertips?

Photograph: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau