About the University of Nevada, Reno

Web address: http://www.unr.edu
Where to Write: University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Where to Call: (775) 784-1110

The University of Nevada, Reno, one of eight institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education, is located in the city of Reno in northwestern Nevada.

About the University

Established in 1864, the year of the state's admission into the Union, the university first offered classes in 1874 in Elko as one of the rare preparatory higher schools in the intermountain region. In 1885, the university was moved to Reno, near the center of the state's population, and it has flourished since its first year of formal college-level study in 1887.

Within the University of Nevada, Reno, ten colleges offer undergraduate and graduate majors. Graduate-level training and research, including a number of doctoral-level programs, further the university's mission to create scholarly activity.

The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education as a Comprehensive Doctoral (institution) with medical and/or veterinary medicine (CompDoc/MedVet). This designation indicates that the university awards doctoral degrees in the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as medicine. The university also offers professional education in other health professions, business, education, engineering, public policy and social work.

The university provides students the opportunity for study inside and outside the classroom. It is an institution that continues to develop new ways of thinking and preparing for the future.

The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and in accordance with university policy, sexual orientation, in any program or activity it operates. The university employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

The Campus and Surrounding Area

The university is an integral part of the thriving Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. Its 255-acre campus of rolling hills features a blend of ivy-covered buildings, sweeping lawns and functional, progressive architecture. The academic atmosphere is filled with rich surroundings for the cultural and intellectual development of the student.

Beyond the university, the Reno-Sparks area lies prominently in an attractive natural setting. Bounded on the west by the majestic Sierra Nevada range and on the east by the rolling basin and range province, Reno-Sparks benefits from a comfortable climate. Marked by generally cool and dry weather, the area is a haven for those who love the four seasons.

Recreational activities are easy to find, as students can drive to the famed ski areas of Lake Tahoe and the historic Western realm of Virginia City all in one day.

The University: Missions and Goals

The University of Nevada, Reno is a constitutionally established, land-grant university. The university served the state of Nevada as its only state-supported institution of higher education for almost 75 years. In that historical role, it has emerged as a doctoral-granting university which focuses its resources on doing a select number of things well. The University of Nevada, Reno offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including selected doctoral and professional studies, which emphasize those programs and activities which best serve the needs of the state, region and nation. By fostering creative and scholarly activity, it encourages and supports faculty research and application of that research to state and national problems.


The University of Nevada, Reno: 1) prepares graduates to compete in a global environment through teaching and learning in high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professions in agriculture, medicine, engineering, health care, education, journalism, and business, 

2) creates new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship, and artistry, in strategically selected fields relevant to Nevada and the wider world,

3) improves economic and social development by engaging Nevada’s citizens, communities, and governments, and

4) respects and seeks to reflect the gender, ethnic,  cultural, and ability/disability diversity of the citizens of Nevada in its academic and support programs, and in the composition of its faculty, administration, staff, and student body.

Goals of the University of Nevada, Reno

Goal 1: Serve as an accessible, comprehensive, doctoral-granting, research university with characteristics of a high-quality liberal arts university and Nevada's land grant university, combining undergraduate and graduate education, fundamental and applied research, and engagement with Nevada's citizens, industry, and governments.

Goal 2: Serve Nevada's traditional mining, agricultural, gaming, manufacturing, news, and logistics industries, and the emerging renewable energy resource industries, with professional workforce preparation, modernizing research, and involvement in innovation.

Goal 3: Prepare Nevada and Nevadans for the diversified knowledge economy.

Goal 4: Cooperate to prepare Nevada youth to participate in the world economy through education.

Goal 5: Improve the physical and mental health of Nevadans.

Goal 6: Enhance sustainable environmental quality in Nevada.

Goal 7: Partipicate in Intercollegiate Athletics with success in sports competition and success in graduation and character-building of student athletes.

Goal 8: Build the University's infrastructure to provide facilities, operations, and policies which enhance the productivity of students and personnel in the fulfillment of the University's missions.

The University: Diversity

The University of Nevada, Reno strongly supports the offering of programs and activities on a campus-wide basis that will promote diversity and enhance opportunities for minorities in higher education. The university is committed to provide services to meet student needs, to strengthen the system of financial support based on need and academic achievement, to hire minority faculty and staff, to develop a curriculum which will foster the growth and appreciation of multiculturalism on campus, and to develop an institutional environment in which all individuals, regardless of backgrounds, have the opportunity to flourish.

Degrees and Majors

The university offers assorted programs of study leading to bachelor's and advanced degrees in the various schools and colleges. Degree programs are offered in the colleges and schools of agriculture, business, education, engineering, health sciences, journalism, liberal arts, medicine, science, and graduate studies. For a complete list of university degrees and programs of study, see the Degrees Offered section of the catalog.


The University of Nevada, Reno is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The university has been accredited since 1938.

In addition to the Northwest Commission institutional accreditation, there are numerous university programs which are accredited by their national professional accrediting organizations. These specialized accrediting organizations, which are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, include:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (for selected programs in engineering and mines)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Dietetics Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language-Hearing Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • American Psychological Association
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (U.S. Department of Education -recognized accrediting body for programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States)
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

The university is also a member of many national professional associations including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

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