University of Nevada at Reno Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

University of Nevada Reno
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The University of Nevada at Reno has somewhat selective admissions. In 2016, 83% of all applicants were admitted. Those who got in tended to have SAT or ACT scores that were average or better, and most had high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Admissions decisions are based primarily on an applicant's grades, high school curriculum, and standardized test scores. There are, however, some alternative admissions options for qualified students.

Admissions Data (2016):

About the University of Nevada at Reno:

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada at Reno is a comprehensive public university that offers over 75 bachelor's degree programs. The university is made up of numerous schools and colleges. Business, journalism, biology, health sciences and engineering are all popular among undergraduates. The city of Reno sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and Lake Tahoe is just 45 minutes away. In athletics, the Nevada Wolf Pack competes in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. The football team competes in Mackay Stadium which has a seating capacity of roughly 30,000.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,353 (18,191 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,142 (in-state); $21,052 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,558
  • Other Expenses: $4,500
  • Total Cost: $23,500 (in-state); $37,410 (out-of-state)

UNR Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 91%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 83%
    • Loans: 41%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,942
    • Loans: $6,089

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Criminology, General Studies, Journalism, Nursing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 23%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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UNR Mission Statement:

"Inspired by its land-grant foundation, the University of Nevada, Reno provides outstanding learning, discovery, and engagement programs that serve the economic, social, environmental, and cultural needs of the citizens of Nevada, the nation, and the world. The University recognizes and embraces the critical importance of diversity in preparing students for global citizenship and is committed to a culture of excellence, inclusion, and accessibility."