Nevada Colleges & Universities

Colleges in Nevada are as diverse as the state they call home.

Nevada Schools Offer Great Education in a Land of Exciting Contrasts: While Las Vegas inevitably calls to mind images of neon decadence, this city is only one piece of Nevada's culture. In fact, Nevada is home to stunning natural beauty, offering both desert wonders and mountain adventures. In addition to its starkly contrasting topography, several colleges in Nevada boast similar variety and appeal.

Nevada Colleges of Note:

  • University of Nevada - Las Vegas (public): The University of Nevada at Las Vegas is Nevada's largest four-year institution, with 22,708 undergraduates. Its urban, world-renowned location attracts a fairly diverse student body, with whites making up less than half of the freshman class; Asians and Hispanics account for 21% and 16% of the student population, respectively. The cost of tuition and fees for in-state students is compellingly reasonable at $5,465; out-of-state students pay $18,755.
  • University of Nevada - Reno (public): The second-largest of Nevada colleges by enrollment has 13,327 undergraduates and an 88% acceptance rate. White students make up 72% of the freshman class, and Hispanics, 11%. Popular majors include business, social sciences, and health studies. The cost of tuition for in-state students is $5,561; out-of-state students pay $18,851.
  • Nevada State College (public): Among Nevada schools, Nevada State College is one of the most diverse. Its freshman class identifies as 40% white and 24% Hispanic, with black and Asian students also receiving sizable representation. The college is located in Henderson, a decidedly urban, but not-too-large city. While most typical majors are available here, the focus at Nevada State College is on health professions, the concentration of choice for nearly half the student body. In-state tuition costs $3,583, while out-of-state students pay $13,401.
  • Sierra Nevada College (private): If you're looking for a small, selective school whose location along Lake Tahoe's north shore offers world-class skiing and snowboarding, look no further than Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. This private institution accepts just over half of its applicants and has only about 400 undergraduates. Its freshman class is 75% white. Business is the most popular major here, but students majoring in the visual and performing arts also have a strong showing, making up 24% of the student body. The cost of tuition is $24,560 for both in- and out-of-state students.

Nevada is also home to several community colleges, as well as a Le Cordon Bleu campus.

Major Industries in Nevada: With Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe within its borders, it's no surprise that tourism is a major earner for the state of Nevada. Other top industries include mining (primarily gold) and ranching. According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mining machine operators in the state of Nevada make a mean annual wage of $55,810, second-highest in the country for this occupation. Nevada's agricultural managers enjoy the best earnings in the entire country, making a mean annual wage of $58,090. Median household income is $56,432.

Prospective students should be aware that Nevada's unemployment rate is unfortunately high right now at 14.3%. While this may be the result of a flagging tourism industry in a recovering economy, what's certain is that completing a college education is the best way to equip yourself for good career

The writer Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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