First-year scholarships

The University of Nevada, Reno automatically awards scholarships to first-year undergraduate students based on their admission application to the University of Nevada, Reno high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores.

First-year scholarships are only available to students who begin coursework in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Scholarships for students who start in the spring semester or postpone enrollment will only be awarded if funds are available.

To be eligible for first-year scholarships, all requirements listed below must be met. No exceptions will be made for missed deadlines.

First-year scholarship eligibility

  1. Apply for admission. Apply for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno by February 1st of the year you will start college.
  2. Submit your high school transcripts. The University must receive your high school transcripts by February 1st of the year you will start college. Be sure to request that your transcripts are sent from your high school early enough to ensure they arrive on time.
  3. Submit your ACT or SAT scores. The University must receive your ACT or SAT test scores by February 1st of the year you will start college. Be sure to request that your test scores are sent early enough to ensure they arrive on time.
  4. Accept your scholarship. If awarded, you must accept your scholarship by completing the following steps by June 1st:
    1. Accept admission (non-binding) in MyNEVADA.
    2. Participate in the Advanced Registration process:
      • Pay the fully refundable $250 Advanced Registration deposit.
      • Complete the Advanced Registration Questionnaire in MyNEVADA Supplemental Forms

If you have successfully submitted all required materials, your scholarship eligibility and amount will be determined according to the matrix below using only your unweighted high school GPA and your best test score from a single test. We do not combine or mix scores from multiple tests.

National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship is $16,000 per year for four consecutive years immediately following high school graduation. This scholarship is offered to National Merit Finalists who meet or exceed Presidential Scholarship GPA and test score minimums. To qualify, finalists must designate the University of Nevada, Reno as their first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation prior to May 1st of the year they will start college.

To retain eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship, students must complete at least 15 University of Nevada, Reno credits each fall and spring semester, and their University of Nevada, Reno cumulative GPA cannot drop below 3.5.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is $8,000 per year for four consecutive years of enrollment immediately following high school graduation. To retain eligibility for the Presidential Scholarship, students must complete at least 15 University of Nevada, Reno credits each fall and spring semester, and their University of Nevada, Reno cumulative GPA cannot drop below 3.5.

Nevada Scholars Scholarship

The Nevada Scholars Scholarship is $2,500 for one year. A “Nevada Scholars Level” placeholder will be posted to qualifying students’ accounts when students are initially awarded, but funds will come from various sources, so before the start of the fall semester the placeholder will be cancelled and replaced with actual scholarship funds of at least $2,500. WUE/Nevada Advantage recipients are not eligible for the Nevada Scholars Scholarship.

Pack Pride Scholarship

The Pack Pride Scholarship is $1,500 for one year. A “Pack Pride Level” placeholder will be posted to qualifying students’ accounts when students are initially awarded, but funds will come from various sources, so before the start of the fall semester the placeholder will be cancelled and replaced with actual scholarship funds of at least $1,500. Scholarship criteria, including enrollment and GPA requirements, will depend on the scholarship used to replace the Pack Pride Level placeholder. WUE/Nevada Advantage recipients are not eligible for the Pack Pride Scholarship.

Breakdown of GPA and test score requirements for first-year scholarships

  • Presidential Level
    Presidential Level Minimum and Maximum GPA and Test Score Requirements
    GPA Minimum ACT Composite Maximum ACT Composite  Minimum SAT Maximum SAT
    4.0

    31

    36 1420 1600
    3.9 31 36 1420 1600
    3.8 31 36 1420 1600
    3.7 31 36 1420 1600
    3.6 31 36 1420 1600
    3.5 31 36 1420 1600

  • Nevada Scholars
    Nevada Scholars Level Minimum and Maximum GPA and Test Score Requirements
    GPA Minimum ACT Composite Maximum ACT Composite Minimum SAT Maximum SAT
    4.0

    22

    30 1100 1390
    3.9 23 30 1130 1390
    3.8 24 30 1160 1390
    3.7 25 30 1200 1390
    3.6 26 30 1240 1390
    3.5 27 30 1280 1390
    3.4 27 36 1280 1600
    3.3 28 36 1310 1600
    3.2 29 36 1350 1600
  • Pack Pride
    Pack Pride Level Minimum and Maximum GPA and Test Score Requirements
    GPA Minimum ACT Composite Maximum ACT Composite Minimum SAT Maximum SAT
    4.0

    May qualify for Presidential or Nevada Scholars

    May qualify for Presidential or Nevada Scholars May qualify for Presidential or Nevada Scholars May qualify for Presidential or Nevada Scholars
    3.9 22 22 1100 1100
    3.8 22 23 1100 1130
    3.7 22 24 1100 1160
    3.6 22 25 1100 1200
    3.5 22 26 1100 1240
    3.4 22 26 1100 1240
    3.3 23 27 1130 1280
    3.2 24 28 1160 1310