Orientation advising information: 2019

The mission of academic advising at the University of Nevada, Reno is to assist each student in developing and implementing an academic plan designated to meet his or her educational, career and life goals. The advising process is a shared responsibilities between students and advisors.

Mandatory advising

All freshmen have mandatory academic advising. This means that you must meet with an advisor before you will be able to register for your upcoming semester's classes. We suggest scheduling your appointment at least two-to-four weeks prior to your registration date and time. Each college has determined the number of semesters their students must seek mandatory advising. Your advisor or college representative can provide that information for your particular program.

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Scheduling your academic advising appointments

Academic advising appointments are scheduled via the Student Success Collaborative system. To access the system and schedule your advising appointment, head to the SSC-Campus Student page for instructions.

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Academic advising syllabus

To assist students in the long-term advising and planning, the academic advising community has put together an academic advising syllabus for your reference.

Student academic resources

  • Academic calendar. Get information about important dates, including new student orientation, residence hall move-in, NevadaFIT, adding classes and more.
  • University terminology. A university often has terminology that is specifc to our institution. Learn more about these terms and their definitions.
  • MyNevada 2.0MyNEVADA is the system used for registration, checking progress toward degree and searching for classes. It also includes information on financial aid. A help page to assist in your navigation of the site is with the MyNEVADA Help page.

General education and Silver Core curriculum

The general education requirements for the University are more commonly referred to as the Silver Core Curriculum. The University's Silver Core Curriculum is the foundational education that students must fulfill as part of any undergraduate degree program at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Silver Core Curriculum applies to all undergraduate majors at the University of Nevada, Reno, starting in the 2016 Catalog. Students must complete 24 units or more of general education courses, plus three units of a Core Capstone course. In addition, students must satisfy 14 Silver Core Objectives.

Students should review their Catalog and consult with their major advisor before registering, because many majors require specific courses for the Core Curriculum.

Learn more about the core curriculum

General education requirements

  1. Three or more units of Core Writing (including ENG 102 and prerequisites)
  2. Three or more units of Core Math (including any prerequisites)
  3. Six or more units of Core Natural Science (including at least one course with an approved lab experience)
  4. Three units of Core Social Science
  5. Three units of Core Fine Arts
  6. Six units of Core Humanities

Core curriculum objectives

These 14 Core Objectives are met with courses verified in advance by the Core Curriculum Board and listed in the general catalog.

Core Curriculum office

Silver Vein I. Includes three areas of fundamental practice. Core Writing and Math requirements will build a foundation for these objectives, and competency will be developed elsewhere in both the Core and the Major.

  • CO1: Effective Composition & Communication
  • CO2: Quantitative Reasoning
  • CO3: Critical Analysis & Use of Information

Silver Vein II. Includes five primary areas of focused inquiry satisfied by the Core Natural Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, and Core Humanities general education requirements. The CO8 requirement may be met by CH 203 or by another course.

  • CO4: Physical & Natural Phenomena
  • CO5: History & Culture
  • CO6: Cultures, Societies, & Individuals
  • CO7: Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression
  • CO8: Constitution

Silver Vein III. Includes four advanced areas of focused inquiry which are satisfied by certain courses within the student's major requirements, electives or even some general education courses. Courses must devote at least a full unit of student effort to each objective, and they cannot be satisfied by AP or other similar examinations.

  • CO9: Science, Technology & Society
  • CO10: Diversity & Equity
  • CO11: Global Contexts
  • CO12: Ethics

Silver Vein IV. Includes 2 areas of integrative experience. Students must take 3 units of a Core Capstone course to satisfy CO13, while CO14 may be satisfied by other courses in the major. These 2 Core Objectives must be satisfied in residence.

  • CO13: Integration & Synthesis
  • CO14: Application

The Silver Core is expected to evolve over time to keep up with changing needs. Student learning outcomes must be regularly assessed, and courses are periodically reverified to ensure they meet students' educational needs.

Course placement and examination information

Placement information for English and mathematics

English placement. Your initial placement for English is based on the highest standardized test score the University has on file for you. If you believe your test score does not accurately reflect your writing skills, you may request alternate placement. Contact the Core Writing Program office for details or (775) 784-6709.

Math placement. Your initial placement in mathematics courses is based on the highest standardized test score the University has on file for you. If your SAT and/or ACT test score does not accurately reflect your abilities in math, consider taking the Accuplacer Math Placement Exam.

Send all transcripts and test scores to:
Admissions and Records, Mail Stop 0120
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

AP Examinations. These examinations are for students in high school. Upon receipt of an official score report from the College Board, the Office of Admissions and Records assigns a grade of "TST" and grants credit as specified below. A maximum of 60 semester credits may be earned in any combination of non-traditional learning examinations and applied towards a bachelor's degree.

NOTE: Silver Core Curriculum requirements

AP exam results for which course credit is awarded will satisfy the same Silver Core requirements as the University course taken in residence, with the following exceptions:

  • AP exam results with equivalence to HIST 101 or PSC 101 satisfy only the U.S. Constitution component of CO8.
  • AP exam results do not satisfy CO9, CO10, CO11, or CO12.

Equivalencies can be found on the online catalog, under "3. Admission, Transfer, and Examination Credit"

International Baccalaureate (IB). The University grants credit and assigns a grade of "TST" for IB higher level examinations passed with scores of 4,5,6, or 7. Credit is granted for the standard level examinations listed below, with a score of 5 or more. Evaluation is on a course by course basis with a maximum of eight semester credits in any one discipline.

The applicability of IB credits towards satisfying specific major/degree requirements is determined by individual colleges and departments. A maximum of 60 semester credits may be earned in any combination of non-traditional learning examinations and applied towards a bachelor's degree. The following examinations have been determined to have UNR course equivalence.

More information about equivalencies in the University catalog

University Policies

University policies are listed in detail in the University catalog.

  • Grade Points and Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Grade Replacement Policy
  • Academic Probation
  • Academic Dismissal
  • Academic Standards

Learn about University policies

Review the student code of conduct