About Mackay

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Mackay Facts

  • Named after John William Mackay
  • The Mackay statue was created by the sculptor of the presidents' heads at Mt Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum
  • The 1908 "Mackay School of Mines Building" was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982
  • Today, Mackay has annual endowments exceeding $13M and annual grants in excess of $9M
  • For Mackay's current enrollment numbers, please follow this link.

Proud History

A division of the College of Science, the Mackay School of Earth Sciences enjoys a long and proud history at the University of Nevada, Reno. While offering programs in geology, geography, geophysics, geological engineering, hydrogeology and mining engineering (with options in underground and quarry mining), Mackay has expanded its scope to include research and degree programs in other critical earth science disciplines including seismology, environmental engineering and hydrology. At Mackay, our goal is to provide a student-focused and student-friendly atmosphere with small class sizes, a low student to faculty ratio, and summer job and internship opportunities.

A Reputation for Excellence

Internationally renowned for its academic programs in the earth, mineral and engineering sciences, and its diverse research activities, Mackay has earned its reputation for excellence by providing the mining, engineering and minerals industries with highly-trained graduates, by conducting cutting-edge research in its state-of-the art facilities and by its continuous offering of public service to Nevada and the nation.

Exceptional Opportunities

Our close ties with industry leaders provide students with exclusive opportunities for summer jobs and internships. This means hands-on industry experience, giving you the leading edge to jump-start your career. What's more? Ninety-eight percent of recent Mackay graduates have job offers upon graduation!

Demonstrated Excellence

  • Mackay has one of the strongest groups of geophysicists in the country with a combined group of 22 doctorates in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, Nevada Seismological Laboratory and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
  • Mackay has one of the largest groups of practicing economic geologists in the country with 9 doctorates and ranks among the three top economic geology programs in the U.S.
  • The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy is one of the newest and strongest geothermal research programs in the nation.
  • Mackay has one of the largest endowments in the nation supporting mineral industry-related academic fields and has the largest undergraduate scholarship program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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