The University's efforts make a noticeable impact locally, statewide and worldwide.

Economic development

The University enhances the economic development of northern Nevada and the state of Nevada in a variety of ways. Over the past five years, record numbers of graduates have been produced by the University. For the 2013 calendar year, the University produced in excess of 3,700 graduates.

Building up our Community

Six current or planned construction projects to be completed over the next five years are anticipated to total more than $167 million in project costs between planning, design and implementation. They will have a significant economic impact in our community and will create hundreds of construction jobs. Learn more about campus construction.

Business/Research Partnerships

DxDiscovery, a biotechnology corporation based on the University campus, was launched by the work of two University of Nevada School of Medicine researchers. Tom Kozel and David AuCoin, received a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Technology Transfer program to start the company. Learn more about DxDiscovery.

Smart City/Smart Region

The University is a partner with the City of Reno in IBM’s prestigious “Smarter Cities” grant program to create ways for the community to enhance knowledge-based economic expansion. Learn more about the Smarter Cities Challenge.

Statewide Engagement

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension diversifies the state’s economic base through small business plan development in eastern Nevada, business retention and strength identification planning in Clark County and sustainable uses for past industrial sites in rural Nevada.

Reaching out to K-12

The University plays an integral role in K-12 education throughout the state. Not only does the College of Education graduate the next generation of teachers, programs like Dean’s Future Scholars and Upward Bound work directly with K-12 students to put them on path to college readiness.


In addition to intercollegiate athletics’ contribution to economic development, the Nevada Wolf Pack student-athletes, coaches and staff spend more than 2,000 hours annually volunteering in the community.

Arts & Culture

The University’s School of the Arts serves as an anchor of the community’s arts and culture scene. Beyond the exhibits and performances on campus, the University’s faculty and students participate in numerous ensembles and events, including the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Artown.

School of the Arts by the numbers


Average number of performances, art events and presentations by the School of the Arts faculty and students each year.


Attendance at School of the Arts events in the 2012-13 academic year.


The University’s School of the Arts brings more than 80 guest artists to campus each year.


Theatre has a long history on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The first official university theatre production was performed on Nov. 12, 1892, with actors from the student body and the community.


Each year, the University’s Reno Jazz Festival brings to campus more than 9,000 participants from 300 school groups.


This year, the Sheppard Contemporary and University galleries will host more than 50 exhibitions, which include works from more than 140 artists. Many of the artists are Nevada residents.

Influence on the Community

Student Opportunities

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