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Rebel Guide: 12 Tips for a Great Semester

There's a lot to do on campus — so much that UNLV can become your second home. Here's your guide to navigating the campus and enhancing your college experience.

Campus News  |  Aug 21, 2017  |  By UNLV News Center
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The chill of fall might not quite be in the air, but that doesn't mean it's too early to think about how you're going to spend the start of the semester. Campus is ripe with plenty of resources for you to make the most of your year. Here are a few suggestions to get you going. You're going to want to take careful notes — especially to the part about Steak N Shake.


Don't know where to begin? Start at The Intersection, UNLV's comprehensive multicultural center. The center helps students, particularly first-generation and students of color, successfully navigate their academic careers. Conveniently located on the the first floor of the Student Union, The Intersection is your place to connect to the right people, information, and services from across campus.

Jason Sisson, of the Division Health Science Advising Center staff, helping a student with paperwork.

Stay on Top of the Workload: Is that math class daunting? Don’t know which classes will keep you on track to graduate? The Academic Success Center helps students make it to graduation through tutoring, advising, and other support services.

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Get Involved: There's something on campus for everyone—from video games and epicurean clubs to volunteer programs and intramurals. Meet us during one of our welcome weeks events and visit our Student Engagement & Diversity website to see what we offer.

Students in line at student financial services office.

Stay on top of key deadlines: The official Academic Calendar lists key dates, like the last day you can switch sections or drop a class without penalty. 

Jump-Start Your Career: Start networking now for internships and jobs after you graduate. Career Services can help link you to future employers and prep you for interviews.

Student talking to a therapist.

Take a Load Off: Feeling anxious about the school year? Relationship woes distracting you? UNLV offers a number of free services to help you cope with stress, work through conflicts, and adopt healthy habits for life. Visit the Student Wellness site to connect to free services.  

Student exercising on treadmill at the university gym.

Get Moving: The Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers multiple fitness and wellness programs. Meditate during a yoga class, break a sweat during spin, learn judo, join in with the school's oldest event—the annual Oozeball tournament—or just relax in one of the SRWC’s massage chairs. Your student health fee covers gym membership and health clinic visits. 

Catch Some Culture: UNLV event venues cover all sorts of interests. Watch up-and-coming stars in a student play or world-renowned artists at the Performing Arts Center. Get tickets to the Runnin' Rebels or join the discussion with guest speakers. Check out the UNLV Calendar.

Night time shot of bicycle police officer patrolling campus.

Remember Safety First: UNLV Police Services officers patrol campus on foot, Segways, and bicycles to fosters open lines of communication. Timely warnings, emergency notifications, and campus alerts can be viewed on the Campus Notifications page and by downloading the RebelSAFE app

Students in line at campus copy center.

Make a Quick Copy or Send a Package: Stop by the Rebel Copy & Send Center on the first floor of the Student Union for all of your printing and shipping needs.

Photo of a smart phone with UNLV's app loaded on screen.

Stay Connected: Out of the loop? Get the scoop! Follow UNLV social media accounts, read your Rebel Mail for official university communications, and visit UNLV News Center to stay up to date on campus news and events.

Students line up to order from Steak N Shake at the Student Union.

Grab a Bite: Meal plans are convenient, flexible, and loaded with options. No matter how much time you spend on campus, you can enjoy a meal plan across all of our dining venues with a range of menus and offerings.

Students sit at an outdoor table reading books.

Load up Your Backpack: Get your books early, and have more choice at the campus bookstore. Last year the UNLV Bookstore saved students $1.49 million by offering more choices in new and
used purchase and rentals.