University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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Are you interested in attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas? They accept the majority of their applicants, as many as 83 percent. See more about their admissions requirements.

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas, UNLV, is a large public university offering over 220 degree programs. Stunning desert and mountains surround the 350-acre main campus, and the university has been undergoing rapid expansion since it first opened in 1957. UNLV has a diverse student population and an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio. The university recently opened a new Academic Success Center to address their low six-year graduation rate. About 10 percent of UNLV students live on campus. In athletics, the UNLV Rebels compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 29,702 (24,714 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent Male / 56 percent Female
  • 74 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,183 (in-state); $21,093 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,298 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,710
  • Other Expenses: $3,608
  • Total Cost: $22,799 (in-state); $36,709 (out-of-state)

UNLV Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 91 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91 percent
    • Loans: 33 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,934
    • Loans: $5,545

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Finance, General Studies, Hospitality Administration, Marketing, Mass Communication Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 12 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

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

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UNLV Mission Statement

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"The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a research institution committed to rigorous educational programs and the highest standards of a liberal education. We produce accomplished graduates who are well prepared to enter the work force or to continue their education in graduate and professional programs. Our faculty, students, and staff enthusiastically confront the challenges of economic and cultural diversification, urban growth, social justice, and sustainability. Our commitment to our dynamic region and State centrally influences our research and educational programs, which improves our local communities.

Our commitment to the national and international communities ensures that our research and educational programs engage both traditional and innovative areas of study and global concerns. UNLV's distinctive identity and values permeate a unique institution that brings the best of the world to our region and, in turn, produces knowledge to improve the region and world around us.

UNLV is committed to and driven by these shared values that will guide our decision making:

  • High expectations for student learning and success;
  • Discovery through research, scholarship, and creative activity;
  • Nurturing equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment;
  • Social, environmental, and economic sustainability;
  • Strong, reciprocal, and interdependent relationships between UNLV and the region around us;
  • An entrepreneurial, innovative, and unconventional spirit."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics