How to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno

You've decided you want to join the Pack. How do you apply? Follow the steps below to complete and submit your online application.

Ready to submit an application for admission?

Below, you'll find all the information you need to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno. The toolbar below has links if you are ready to start the application process immediately, continue a saved application, check on your application status if you've previously applied or access MyNEVADA.

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What do you need to apply?

It can help to start gathering and requesting official documentation in advance of creating and submitting an online application for admission to the University. Some common items we request include official high school or college transcripts, standardized test scores (e.g., ACT/SAT) and immunization records.

What type of student are you?

Before getting started, it can help to determine your student type for our application process. The online application for admission asks for a specific "Admit Type" and "Application Type." Prior to moving forward in the process, review the information below to learn more about the different student types in our application.

  • Undergraduate student from United States

    If you are a student from the United States, select "Domestic" as your "Application Type" and one of the following for your "Admit Type."

    • First-year admit: Select this option if you are the applicant who will or has graduated from high school and you have not completed 24 transferable semester credits at the time you're applying
    • Transfer: Select this option if you are an applicant who has completed at least 24 transferable semester college credits from an accredited institution at the time you're applying
    • Second baccalaureate: Select this option if you have previously completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution at the time you're applying
  • International undergraduate student

    If you are an undergraduate international student, select "First Year" as your "Admit Type" and "International" as your "Application Type" if you are a student with an F-1 or J-1 visa who is applying to complete an undergraduate degree at the University.

  • Non-degree undergraduate student

    If you are a student enrolling in an non-degree program, select "Domestic" as your "Application Type" and "Nondegree" as your "Admit Type."

  • Returning undergraduate student

    Returning students do not complete the registration process via MyNevada 2.0.

    Learn more about returning student admissions


Apply as an undergraduate student (First-year freshman, transfer, international)

At the University of Nevada, Reno we offer a fully online application portal that allows you to complete and submit your application in minutes. If you are ready to submit an application, follow these steps below to get started.

Step One: Create an application account

Here, you will use our application portal to create your application account. After entering your first and last name, email address and birthdate, you will receive an automatic email with a temporary registration PIN. After receiving your PIN, you'll complete the registration process that allows you to access your online application for admission.

Create your application account

Step Two: Complete your online application for admission

Next, you'll be guided through your online application specific to your student type, including the following:

  • New first-year students
  • Transfer students
  • International undergraduate students
  • Nondegree students
  • 2nd bachelor's degree students
  • Certificate students
  • Graduate special students

*Returning students must complete a returning student application for readmission to the University.

Step Three: Pay your application fee

You must pay a $60 non-refundable application fee ($95 for international student applicants) as you complete your online application. The application fee is only valid during the semester in which you apply and cannot be deferred or transferred to another semester.

Step Four: Submit your online application

After you've completed the various parts of the application (e.g., biographical information, high school education, declaration of major, etc.) and paid your application fee, you can finalize, certify and submit your application for admission.

Step Five: Create a MyNEVADA account

After applying, you need to create a MyNEVADA account. This account provides access to your student application dashboard, allows you to check your application status and accept or deny admission (if offered), review your fees, make payments and more.

Activate your MyNEVADA account

What to do after you apply?

After submitting your application, you must create and activate a new MyNEVADA account to check your application status and to accept or decline admission to the University if you are accepted. After you submit an application, you will receive an email from the University with information regarding the activation of your MyNEVADA account. This email will be sent approximately one to two days after your application is received. Please allow for at least five business days for your application to be received, processed and acknowledged.

At that time, you will receive a 10-digit Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) identification number and an application number from the University. You will need both to complete the MyNevada registration process. Once you receive your application number and NSHE ID, you need to activate your account.

Activating your MyNEVADA account

Remember, your MyNEVADA username and password will be different than the username and password you created to submit an application to the University.

Activate your MyNEVADA account

Create your MyNEVADA profile. After clicking on activate account, you'll be prompted to create your MyNEVADA profile. Complete the fields on this page and click "Submit."

Create your MyNEVADA password. After creating your profile, you will need to create a MyNEVADA password. Again, the password for MyNEVADA must be different than the password you used to create your application. The previous password is only valid for submitting your application.

Need help with MyNEVADA? We have a help section for MyNEVADA users.

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