Our Commitment

The UNLV Top Tier Initiative is an extension of our vision of entering the top 100 American research universities, as designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Highest Research Activity (R1) University.

We are committed to:

  • Enhancing efforts to attract and retain top students and faculty.
  • Educating the region's diversifying population and workforce.
  • Driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships.
  • Creating a medical school that will become an academic health center for Southern Nevada.

Vision, Mission, and Path

Pathway Goals

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Academic Health Center

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Community Partnerships

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Infrastructure and Shared Governance

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Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

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Student Achievement


We need you — our faculty, staff, students, and community — to join us in this pursuit.

We want to hear from you. Please tell us what makes you excited about UNLV's Top Tier initiative and share your insights and concerns. We'd love to hear your ideas and feedback to the draft plan.

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“This helps elevate all of our conversations. It challenges the status quo and it helps to bring beauty and creativity to every area of community.”

UNLV President Len Jessup