University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 82%. Considering applying to UNLV? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why University of Nevada, Las Vegas?

  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Campus Features: UNLV's 350-acre campus is just a mile from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Despite its urban location, the campus features award-winning garden spaces. The school's football stadium seats over 35,000 fans.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
  • Athletics: The UNLV Rebels compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.
  • Highlights: UNLV has one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Students can choose from over 390 majors, minors, and certificate programs. The Boyd Law School frequently does well in national rankings.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Nevada, Las Vegas had an acceptance rate of 82%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 82 were admitted, making UNLV's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,613
Percent Admitted 82%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 41%

SAT Scores and Requirements

UNLV requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 33% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 620
Math 510 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UNLV'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 UNLV scored between 520 and 620, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 620, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UNLV.

Requirements

UNLV does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UNLV considers your highest composite SAT score from a single test date.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 84% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 17 24
Math 17 24
Composite 19 24

This admissions data tells us that most of UNLV's admitted students fall within the top 55% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UNLV received a composite ACT score between 19 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

Note that UNLV does not supersocre ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. UNLV does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming UNLV freshman was 3.38. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UNLV have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Nevada, Las Vegas. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. UNLV accepts the Common Application and the UNLV Application for admission, but the personal essay is optional, so your grades and test scores are the most important criteria for admission. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's minimum requirements, 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 science, 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.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted. Most had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, an ACT composite score of 18 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or better. To have a good chance of admission, you'll want at least one of these measures to be above the lower range on the graph.