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About the University

Aerial shot of campusUniversity Mission Statement

The University of Nevada, Reno:

  • Prepares graduates to compete in a global environment through teaching and learning in high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professions in agriculture, medicine, engineering, health care, education, journalism, and business;
  • Creates new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship, and artistry, in strategically selected fields relevant to Nevada and the wider world;
  • Improves economic and social development by engaging Nevada's citizens, communities, and governments; and
  • Respects and seeks to reflect the gender, ethnic,  cultural, and ability/disability diversity of the citizens of Nevada in its academic and support programs, and in the composition of its faculty, administration, staff, and student body.

Starting small, reaching far

The University of Nevada, Reno has been an integral part of the fabric of the state of Nevada since its inception more than 130 years ago. Since its opened its doors on Oct. 12, 1874 to seven students, it has grown into a dynamic institution, with an enrollment of more than 20,000. As Nevada's oldest institution of higher education, it is considered the state's land-grant leader in teaching, research and statewide outreach.

The university's achievements extend far beyond the norm. The campus is home to the large-scale structures laboratory in the College of Engineering, which has put Nevada researchers at the forefront nationally in a wide range of seismological and large-scale structures testing and modeling. The Nevada Terawatt Facility, located on a satellite campus of the university, includes terawatt Z-pinch and a terawatt-class high-intensity laser system -- one of the most powerful such lasers on any college campus in the country.

The institution is home to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, with campuses in both of Nevada's major urban centers, Las Vegas and Reno, and a health network that extends to much of rural Nevada. It has faculty who are considered worldwide and national leaders in diverse areas such as environmental literature, journalism, Basque studies, and social sciences such as psychology.

The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Nevada, Reno in the Doctoral/Research University-Intensive category, which places it among the top 10 percent of all colleges and universities in the United States. This classification reflects our success in providing our undergraduate students with opportunities to pursue degrees in more than 75 disciplines, and to pursue advanced degrees in a broad range of fields. Today, we offer more than 100 graduate-degree programs at the master's and doctoral level.

The location of Reno, Nev., offers the best of many worlds for its students. The campus is situated at the gateway of the scenic Sierra Nevada, less than a 45-minute drive from Lake Tahoe. Reno has on numerous occasions been ranked among the most desirable places in the country to live.

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