This year, the Honors College welcomed their largest and most talented incoming freshman class to date. This group of 123 students arrived at UNLV with an average unweighted high school GPA of 3.88 and average ranking in the top 5% of their high school graduating class.
This incoming class included six National Merit Finalists and 30 valedictorians, all of whom received substantial scholarship packages from the university. National Merit Finalists who designate UNLV as their first choice receive from $17,000 up to $40,000 per year as well as one full semester of study abroad expenses. Valedictorian annual awards amount to $7,350 for Nevada residents and $11,900 for nonresidents. Many other students entering the Honors College receive considerable financial aid and scholarships.
While the Honors College primarily serves top students from Clark County, an increasing number came from outside Nevada, a sign that our national reputation continues to grow.
As you might expect, these exceptional students received plenty of acceptance letters from other prestigious universities throughout the nation. Students like Alison Deng from Clark High School, who was accepted to UC Berkley, chose UNLV largely because of the personalized attention and opportunities offered through the Honors College.
Like so many others, Alison quickly learned that the Honors College could equip her with the tools, resources, and experiences she needed to create the life she wanted.
Marcy Brown, one of our National Merit Finalists, also realized that she could receive an outstanding, world-class education in her own back yard.