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Our Commitment

The UNLV Top Tier Initiative is an extension of our vision of being recognized as one of the top American research universities, as designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Very High Research Activity University.

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UNLV Attains Highest Status as Research University

University joins the ranks of just 130 institutions nationwide classified by Carnegie as “very high research activity” – or R1 – the gold standard for university research metrics.

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Highlights

Image of a drone with the sky in the background.
Jan. 14, 2019
Alexandria Sawin is pictured with her daughter Isabelle, and her husband Phil, in front of a F-35 Lightning fighter aircraft that she worked on while serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Jan. 14, 2019
UNLV dental professor reviewing data with student
Dec. 20, 2018
Students in their cap and gown at U-N-L-V commencement.
Dec. 17, 2018
Student chef preparing his plates for competition.
Dec. 17, 2018
Discs with a pirate skull and crossbones on the discs
Dec. 13, 2018
Portrait of Ron Brown.
Dec. 13, 2018
Image of the milky way from earth
Dec. 13, 2018
Closeup of the Fremont Cannon wheel with red paint covering the blue.
Nov. 27, 2018
Bigelow Health Sciences building
Nov. 27, 2018
U-N-L-V buttons that reflect every branch of the military.
Nov. 9, 2018
A set of 28 footprints left behind by a reptile-like creature 310 million years ago are the oldest ever to be found in Grand Canyon National Park.
Nov. 9, 2018

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