University of Nevada, Reno: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

University of Nevada Reno
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University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 88%. Founded in 1874, UNR is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe. The university offers 460 undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate, and minor programs within 12 academic colleges and schools. Majors in business, journalism, biology, health sciences, and engineering are popular among undergraduates. In athletics, the Nevada Wolf Pack competes in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

Considering applying to University of Nevada, Reno? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of Nevada, Reno had an acceptance rate of 88%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 88 students were admitted, making UNR's admissions process somewhat less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 9,064
Percent Admitted 88%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 44%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Nevada, Reno requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 640
Math 530 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UNR's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Nevada, Reno scored between 540 and 640, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 650, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 650. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1290 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Nevada, Reno.

Requirements

The University of Nevada, Reno does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UNR participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Nevada, Reno requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 80% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 19 26
Math 20 26
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of UNR's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Nevada, Reno received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that UNR does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. University of Nevada, Reno does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA for University of Nevada, Reno's incoming freshman class was 3.44, and 49% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UNR have primarily high B grades.

Admissions Chances

The University of Nevada, Reno, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's required minimums, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above in core courses including four units of English, 3 units of math, 3 units of social studies, and 3 units of natural science, have a strong chance of admission. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement in core coursework can gain admission with a composite SAT score of 1120 or higher or a composite ACT score of 22 or above.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Nevada, Reno Undergraduate Admissions Office.