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

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.

  • 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. For more information, contact us at or by phone at (866) 263-8232.

Standardized test scores are not required for admission

Standardized test scores are not required for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno. The University accepts the ACT and SAT scores and may use scores for class placement in first year courses. New freshman who do not meet the minimum 3.0 core academic GPA requirement may submit the equivalent of the SAT combined score of 1120 or an ACT composite score of 22 to be considered for admission. In addition, students must complete (or be in-progress with) 13 core courses requirements in English, mathematics, social studies and natural sciences to be considered.

School codes

  • ACT: 2394
  • SAT: 4844