New freshman admissions requirements
To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate from an approved or accredited high school (GED certificate may not be used for admission) and satisfy the below requirements:
Required high school courses
Review the list below to learn more about the required high school courses for new freshman applicants to the University of Nevada, Reno.
Required list of high school coursework for new freshman students Subject area Units Description English 4 E.g., composition, rhetoric or literature Mathematics 3 E.g., algebra I or higher Natural science 3 E.g., biology, chemistry & at least two units in a laboratory science Social studies 3 E.g., world history, geography, economics or U.S. history
You must have a 3.0 weighted GPA in the academic core courses in order to be admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno. The academic courses include: English, math, social sciences and natural sciences. A weighted GPA takes into account the extra difficulty of honors, AP or IB classes.
If you are not admissible, you will be offered enrollment to a Nevada NSHE Community College. You will be offered admission to a Nevada university once you have completed a minimum of 24 college transferable semester credits at a NSHE Community College and have a 2.5 GPA in all your coursework.
Standardized test scores
Standardized test scores are required for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno. The University accepts the ACT and SAT scores. At this time, the University does not require the optional SAT essay or ACT writing component.
Standardized test scores are used for class placement in first-year courses and for new freshman scholarship consideration (if eligible).
If you are a first-time, new freshman who does not meet the minimum 3.0 core academic GPA requirement, you must have the equivalent of the SAT combined score of 1120 or an ACT composite score of 22 to be considered for admission. In addition, you must complete (or be in-progress with) 13 core courses requirements in English, mathematics, social studies and natural sciences to be considered.
Have the testing agency submit your official ACT or SAT scores directly to the University to complete your application for admission.
High school diploma
If you are a student who does not meet our academic GPA requirements, but have graduated with an Advanced Diploma from a Nevada high school, you will be granted admission to the University. You must also meet the 13 core course requirements in English, mathematics, social studies and natural sciences to be considered for admission.
You must submit your final, official high school transcripts to support your application for admission.
Alternate admission option
Alternate admission options may be available. We provide further instructions to those who qualify. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (866) 263-8232.
Are you a student applying from California?
If you are a student considering the University of Nevada, Reno, you may be wondering about how required courses for admission compare between California universities and the University of Nevada, Reno.
California universities vs. University of Nevada, Reno requirements
|Subject||California requirements||Nevada requirements|
|A: History & social science||2 years||3 years|
|B: English||4 years||4 years|
|C: Mathematics||3 years, but 4 years recommended||3 years, but 4 years recommended|
|D: Laboratory science||2 years, but 3 years recommended||3 years|
|E: Language other than English||2 years||Not required|
|F: Visual & performing arts||1 year||Not required|
|G: College preparatory elective||1 year||Not required|
If you complete an additional “A” requirement to fulfill the “G” requirement, in addition to the recommended “D” requirement, you will satisfy Nevada Core course requirement.