Historic Quadrangle

Historical Quad

Originally the heart of the campus, this beautiful area is the traditional setting for Commencement activities and provides a pleasant place for picnics, concerts, and quiet reflection. Since 1987, the University of Nevada, Reno Quadrangle has been listed as a "Jeffersonian academic village" on the National Register of Historic Places, as the campus core follows Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia Lawn. The lovely, giant elm trees were planted in 1908. When the University was in its infancy, it was strictly forbidden for underclassmen to ever set foot on the Quad; over the years, this tradition has disappeared to allow the feet of all students (as well as a few dogs chasing after wayward frisbees) to touch the Quad's sod, affectionately known as "Mother Quad."