About the University of Nevada, Reno

It all started as little more than a hopeful idea in one of the newest states in the Union. Today, this idea is now a high-impact research institution transforming the state of Nevada.

Campus scene, southwest view, 1900
This 1900 view of the University of Nevada campus from the northwest shows the historic Gymnasium, the Mechanical Arts Building, Morrill Hall, Lincoln Hall, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Building, and Hatch Hall.
Credit: Special Collections & University Archives - University Libraries

Embracing the past with a vision for the future

The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as Nevada's first institution of higher education. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, engagement, support and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students' cognitive growth and academic achievement – all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education.

What began as a single building — Morrill Hall — the University of Nevada Reno's campus now covers 290 lush acres with 180 buildings, 60 research facilities, 12 museums and galleries and 13 schools and colleges. During the past decade, we've added more than half a billion dollars in new, state-of-the-art facilities — and there's more to come.

Mackay Mines building is pictured in the distance down the Quad, with trees lining both sides
Mackay School of Mines, ca. 1911
Mackay Mines building is pictured in the distance down the Quad, with trees lining both sides
Mackay School of Mines, ca. 2010
Image of a mechanical workshop from 1908 that includes pulleys, levers and other unnamed mechanical devices
Mechanical Workshop, ca. 1908
Image of the earthquake engineering lab with two floors of glass windows in the distance and laboratory equipment throughout the image
Earthquake engineering lab, ca. 2014

Our future is powered by knowledge

Access to education fulfills the hopes and dreams of our students and communities. At the University of Nevada, Reno, we believe in a world powered by knowledge. Our impact is wide-ranging. Student enrollment, the quality and diversity of our student body, the achievement of our faculty, our research expenditures, the solutions-based connections that we have made in serving our community and our state, are all at record levels.

Founded in 1874
Sepia image of Morrill Hall from 1898 featuring Morrill Hall in the distance with a small auxiliary building behind it
21,000+ students
Hundreds of Nevada students cheer in the stands of a Nevada football game with the University of Nevada, Reno scoreboard in the background
1,318 academic faculty
Faculty member Paul Mitchell sits on a desk and laughs during a class discussion with several other students seated around him
18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
A female professor and female student in the lab holding beakers and pipettes

Meet our colleges and schools

Our colleges and schools connect students to learning opportunities that allow them to pursue their academic passions to generate solutions to tomorrow's most complex and challenging problems.

Learn more about our schools and colleges

Nothing beats northern Nevada's quality of life

Reno is powered by community

Known as one of America's best small cities, Reno is a burgeoning tech hub that offers an array of year-round activities, including sporting events, food fests, performing arts, concerts and more. It is a dynamic region with local flair, such as the Midtown District – filled with local shops, eateries and more. Whether it is the Great Reno Balloon Races or Burning Man, a game with the Reno Aces or an evening at the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, there is something for everyone here.

Three hot air balloons glow red as they are filled with fire in the darkness before the Reno-Tahoe balloon races

One male student wearing a fraternity shirt and three women wearing summer clothes walk near the downtown riverwalk in front of an arch with the Truckee River behind them

Image of the neon Reno sign on the downtown Reno arch in the evening

Neon paint with vibrant colors of pink and purple shades fills the air and splatters on a group of partygoers at a Reno Events paint the night celebration


The University of Nevada, Reno is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.