Coronavirus Update

For Students

The College has an unprecedented challenge on its hands in regard to COVID-19. We are first and foremost interested in the safety and health of all our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, almost all of our operations will be done remotely until further notice. Our staff, who are working remotely, are available via email, so please reach out if you need anything.

We also want to let you know that we are here to support you and do everything we can to make sure you have the resources, information, and ability to complete your coursework this semester.

We will continue to make additions and update information on this page as the situation demands.

Remote Engineering Advising Available

The Engineering Academic Advising Center is here to assist you in any way we can during this time. Please reach out to your assigned advisor for questions you may have. We may not have all the answers as the situation is changing rapidly, but we will get you answers as soon as we have them.

The Academic Advising Center will be available for email and phone advising appointments for current UNLV and College of Engineering students. Incoming Fall 2020 transfer students are encouraged to call the Advising Center at 702-895-2522 to set up an appointment to have your transfer credits reviewed and to get course recommendations. Incoming Fall 2020 Freshman students are required to attend a Virtual New Student Orientation over the summer and will get their courses at that time.

The Advising Center staff will be working virtually Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can email your advisor regarding course recommendations or questions you may have. Please give the advisors 3 to 5 business days to respond as the demand may be very high over the next few weeks.

Any paperwork such as prerequisite waivers, petitions, advanced standing or VA forms can be emailed to the advising center email address for processing. Processing will be done within 3 to 5 business days. If needed, prerequisite waivers and other forms can be found here. If you need instructor and Department Chair approval for a prerequisite waiver, approval emails will be accepted from the instructor and Department Chair attached to the waiver form.

Please see the Engineering Academic Advising page for general information.

Computer Labs / Software Access

TBE-A311 Computer Lab Access

Due to Governor Sisolak’s additional emergency directives issued most recently to curtail the spread of COVID-19, UNLV is closing the computer lab in TBE-A311 as of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

We know this causes additional hardships for those of you needing to work with specific software. Below are options for installing some of the most commonly used software for free on your personal systems.

MATLAB Temporary Free Licenses

Thanks to MATLAB and UNLV's Office of Information Technology (OIT), you can get a temporary, free license to MATLAB!

We are hoping this helps with limited computer lab access, and in keeping people at home (and social distancing) while still being able to get their academic work done.

You can request your free MATLAB temporary license through this link.

To qualify for the MATLAB temp license, please create or login to an existing MathWorks account that is tied to your UNLVMail or Rebelmail email address. Once your request is approved, you will gain access to the MathWorks site where you will be able to download a copy of MATLAB to install on a personal device. The MATLAB temporary license is valid until 6/30/2020.

For MATLAB tutorials, please visit their Tutorials page.

If you have any questions or issues, you can contact OIT at 702-895-0777 or

AutoCAD Educational Version

AutoCAD’s Educational version (AutoCAD, Inventor, Maya, Revit, 3DS MAX, and TINKERCAD) is free to install on personal systems for students, faculty and staff, using your university email, through this link.

Information can also be found on the AutoDesk Main Page.

SolidWorks for ME Students

SolidWorks is available to current UNLV Mechanical Engineering students in direct support of coursework. It is free to install on personal systems for faculty and students with justified need.

Use this link to complete the steps to obtain a student-use version of SolidWorks.

Graduate Student Research Work

The College has published a memo for the continuation of your educational and research work during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides guidelines regarding continuing graduate assistant lab work, as well as graduate studies and research projects.

Please refer to the memo for information.

The Graduate College also has help, general information for graduate students and GAs on their website.

Engineering Tutoring

Starting Monday, March 23, the Academic Success Center (ASC) Tutoring program, including the Engineering Tutoring Center, will continue operations using a fully online-delivery model to support our students.

Please visit the ASC web page for how to access your virtual tutoring location.

Student Workers – Employment Verification

If you are employed by UNLV and need an Employment Verification form completed for Medicaid or other state assistance, you can fax forms to 702-895-1545 or scan and email the forms to

Online Learning Tips & Resources

We know that the sudden shift to online learning can be challenging.

Below are some resources to help.

For the Public

Engineering faculty, staff and students have been busy designing and fabricating personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing materials to help the local medical community fight COVID-19.

See UNLV’s News Center to see some of the work being conducted, and the entities we’re helping.

If you or company would like to assist us, we could use funds to purchase materials, or donations of the materials themselves.

At this time, due to social distancing requirements, we cannot accept any volunteers at our labs to assist with fabrication.

Financial Donation

To make a financial donation, go to our donation page and select COVID-19 Support under your gift amount. (For example, it takes $200 worth of acrylic to make 50 ophthalmologist microscope shields, not including staff time, machining, delivery, etc.)

Materials Donation

For materials, we are currently using:

  • 1/8" acrylic
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or similar) film, 15 mil thick
  • Polyethylene (or similar) foam
  • Elastic bands

If you believe you can assist the College with materials, please complete this form and someone will reach out to you.

Coronavirus News and Resources

The College is committed to the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to monitor the rapidly-evolving situation and make updates to this page as needed. We encourage all UNLV students to keep your communities safe and practice social distancing.

For most up-to-date university-wide information about COVID-19, please refer to UNLV’s COVID-19 web page.

Please send questions to

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, and a list of helpful resources, see Resources for UNLV During COVID-19.