Admission requirements

Each year, we welcome applications from a diverse mix of students from across the world. The University of Nevada, Reno is a place where you can challenge yourself academically, establish friendships, learn the skills and build the knowledge necessary to solve the problems of tomorrow. Learn more about freshman requirements below.

Are you a new freshman?

You qualify for new freshman status if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are applying during your senior year of high school
  • You have no previous college experience
  • You have earned less than 24 transferable semester college credits

University of Nevada, Reno school codes

ACT: 2494
SAT: 4844

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
  • GPA requirements

    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 both the new (after March 2016) and old (prior to March 2016) SAT scores. At this time, the University does not require the optional SAT essay 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 core academic GPA requirement, you must have the equivalent of the new SAT combined score of 1120 or an ACT composite score of 22, in conjunction with the core academic GPA requirement, to be considered for admission. In addition, you must complete 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 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

Comparison table for Nevada and California universities required courses for admission by subject
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.