Freshman Applicants

Requirements for Freshman Applicants

If you are a current high school student, or if you have graduated high school but not yet started college, you are considered a freshman student. (If you’ve done college work only while in high school, you will still be considered a freshman student for admission purposes.)

Freshman applicants with either a 3.0 in 13 core credits (calculated based on 4 English, 3 math, 3 social science, and 3 natural science) from the high school transcript., a 1120 SAT score (critical reading and math sections only if taken March 2016 or after) and 1040 if taken prior to March 2016), a 22 ACT composite score, or a Nevada Advanced High School Diploma.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be offered admission to the University; if you do not meet the criteria you will be offered delayed admission to UNLV through our joint Guaranteed Transfer Program (GTP) with the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). This program allows students denied to the University the opportunity to attend CSN, complete an Associate Degree, and enroll at UNLV without submitting another application. For more information, contact our Office of Admissions at 702-774-UNLV (8658).

There is some additional documentation required for international students, although the general process is the same.

Please note: The above requirements are for general admission to UNLV; some majors may have additional requirements for full admission into a program of study.

Ready to Apply?

UNLV admissions decisions are offered on a rolling basis, so you will be provided an admission decision relative to when you apply and submit required documents. The usual turnaround time is one to two weeks once all required documentation has been received and posted to your file. The deadline for fall admission is July 1, although the priority date for financial aid and scholarship consideration is November 1 of the previous year. The deadline for spring admission is December 1. The application fee is $60 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

Early application is encouraged to allow you ample time to be admitted, get packaged for financial aid and scholarships, and register for and attend orientation. It is especially important to pay attention to earlier priority deadlines for Scholarship and Financial Aid opportunities.

Your first step toward admission at UNLV is to apply online and submit your official high school transcript and standardized test scores from the ACT or SAT. All official transcripts from non-US institutions must be accompanied by an evaluation (course-by-course with GPA calculation) from a NACES member organization.

UNLV Admissions will automatically make one attempt to electronically order an official transcript for current students in CCSD (Clark County School District).

GED or HiSET recipients must submit official GED or HiSET test scores.

If you require an F-1 visa to study in the US, you will qualify as an international student and must provide additional documentation for admission to UNLV.

Application Fees

In order to submit your application, you will be required to pay the application fee by credit or debit card. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Who Cost
Domestic students $60
International students $95
Non-degree-seeking students $30


Application fee waivers issued by UNLV are recognized as an official payment of the application fee. Application fee waivers issued by entities other than UNLV will not be accepted.

If you reside in Clark County, Nevada, and participate in Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Adult Educational Services, or GEAR UP, you must contact the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO) to have your application fee waived.


What When
Fall admission July 1
Priority date for financial aid and scholarship consideration Nov. 1 of the previous year
Spring admission Dec. 1

Supplemental Information

Veteran? Non-traditional? Check out the supplemental information to make your transition to UNLV even easier.

After You've Applied

After you have submitted your application to UNLV, there are a few additional steps to complete.

1. Check your Application Status

Typically within a few business days of submitting your application, you will receive 2 e-mails from UNLV with login credentials for your MyUNLV account. You will use this account as a student at UNLV, and during the admissions process it is your portal to stay up-to-date with the status of your account. We encourage you to check your MyUNLV account regularly. (Once you log in, click on “Student Center” for information about your admissions application.)

2. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

To be awarded financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); UNLV’s federal code is 002569. The 2016-2017 FAFSA is currently available. The 2017-2018 FAFSA will become available October 1. For maximum consideration for UNLV aid, early application is important. For more information about federal aid and other scholarship opportunities, visit UNLV’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

3. Apply for Nevada Residency

Per policy set by the Board of Regents, only students who have graduated from a Nevada high school and listed that high school on the application for admission will be automatically considered in-state for tuition purposes. Anyone else who would like to be considered a Nevada resident for tuition purposes must complete and submit a Residency Application along with the required documentation. Please see Nevada Residency FAQs for answers to common questions. Complete submission and contact information is listed on the Residency Application. Email submission is recommended and preferred: Residency review for fall applications begins June 1; spring review begins November 1.

Materials Submission

Hard copies of official transcripts and test scores must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or testing agency and may be mailed to the following address:

UNLV Office of Admissions
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Box 451021
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021

Institutions sending transcripts through a secure email method may use the following address:

SAT and ACT test scores may be sent electronically from the testing agency using the following codes:

  • ACT: 2496
  • SAT: 4861