About

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.

145-year tradition of excellence

Embracing the past with a vision for the future

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 11 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. 

Image from 1898 of Morrill Hall with a smaller, now removed shed in the distance

Morrill Hall, ca. 1898

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
1,049 academic faculty
Faculty member Paul Mitchell sits on a desk and laughs during a class discussion with several other students seated around him
19:1 student-to-faculty ratio
A female professor and female student in the lab holding beakers and pipettes

Our colleges & schools

The University is widely known for its programs in earthquake sciences & engineering, the humanities, neuroscience, biotechnology, environmental science, bioscience and advanced autonomous systems. Our colleges and schools are graduating well-trained professionals, positioned to make an impact in Nevada and beyond.

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

University administration

Accreditation

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

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