Applying for Admission

Admission Filing Dates for New Students:

Application forms must be submitted with proper credentials no later than March 1 for admission to the fall semester and by November 1 for admission to the spring semester. Applications received after these dates will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students applying for scholarships must be admitted to the university prior to February 1st for scholarship consideration.

Admission Filing Dates for Returning Students, Nondegree Students and Graduate Specials:

Application forms must be submitted no later than the first day of instruction of the semester they wish to attend.

Application for Admission:

Application forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Records or through the university website. Individuals who are interested in attending the university are responsible for submitting complete credentials to the Office of Admissions and Records. These credentials become the property of the university and are not returnable. Application fees are waived for applicants who document a financial hardship. Students who qualify for the Pell Grant are eligible for application fee waivers. Application fees are waived for UNR employees. 

The following items are required:

  1. A completed Application for Admission, dated and signed;
  2. A nonrefundable $60 application fee, $95 for international students. Applicants who do not enroll during the semester for which they applied and do not notify the Office of Admissions and Records prior to the end of late registration for that semester, must submit a new Application for Admission and the application fee;
  3. An official transcript, sent directly from the student's high school;
  4. A separate official transcript (if the student is applying with advanced standing), to be sent directly from each college or university that the student attended, whether credit was earned or not;
  5. ACT or SAT scores, highly recommended but not required - used for placement and scholarships.
  6. Individuals eligible for resident fees are required to submit an application for resident fees along with their admission credentials.
  7. Official documentation of immunization for two doses of measles, mumps, rubella, and a diphtheria/tetanus within the last ten years.

International applicants must submit the following additional credentials:

  1. Satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) indicating the student's ability to speak, write and understand the English language sufficiently to pursue full-time study. The Test of Spoken English (TSE) or SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency in English Assessment Kit) test (administered by the Intensive English Language Center) is required for potential graduate teaching assistants;
  2. Adequate proof of financial responsibility or sponsorship by a reputable U.S. citizen or organization for all obligations students incur while attending the university;
  3. All international students must clear the Student Health Center requirements upon arrival to the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Application for Resident Fees:

Individuals eligible for resident fees are required to submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Cancellation of Admission or Registration:

The university reserves the right to cancel the admission or registration of an individual whose attendance at the university, in the opinion of the appropriate administrative offices and the president, is not mutually beneficial to that person and to the institution.

Individuals who have registered at other educational institutions may not disregard such records and apply for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno on the basis of their high school or selected college transcripts.

If you are an ineligible applicant and gain admission to the university on the basis of incomplete or fraudulent credentials, or misrepresentations in your written application for admission:

  • Your admission and registration shall be cancelled without refund of any fees;
  • The total credits you have earned will be rescinded;
  • Future registration at the university will be prohibited

The Director of Admissions is responsible for the verification of documents and credentials. If it is determined that the student sought admission on the basis of incomplete or fraudulent credentials, or misrepresentations in the written application for admission, the student is notified in writing of the director's intention to take action as listed above. The student then has 10 days to reply in writing. The director makes a determination and then takes appropriate action, notifying the student in writing.

The student may file a written appeal to the university president within 10 days. The president's decision is final.


New students who are denied admission to the university may petition, in writing, to the Director of Admissions within 10 days of receipt of their denial letter. The Special Admissions Committee will review the petition and make a determination of admissibility.

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