A decade of growth

Over the last 10 years, the College of Engineering has achieved significant growth in enrollments, faculty positions and research expenditures.


Our undergraduate enrollment has grown by 75 percent over the past 10 years, while our Ph.D. programs have seen an increase of 44 percent.

chart showing enrollment growth from 2004 to 2014

Tenure-Track Faculty

In the past 15 years, we've seen a 23% increase in our number of tenure track faculty. New faculty have allowed us to expand our areas of expertise and offer new programs, including graduate degrees in biomedical engineering and interdisciplinary offerings in advanced autonomous systems, renewable energy and cyber security.

chart showingtenure track faculty growth from 2004 to 2014


Our record high of more than $27 million in research awards in 2011 was due in part to a $12.2 million dollar award to fund the College's new Earthquake Engineering Lab. The College celebrated the opening of the lab this summer.

chart showing research award growth from 2004 to 2014

Our Region

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We're located in the beautiful Reno Lake-Tahoe, an area renowned for its outdoor attractions. Reno is a mid-sized city with a high quality of life, an affordable cost of living, and an entrepreneurial ethos.

Our region has been climbing on to the national radar, making a number of nationwide lists touting our great outdoor activities and our resurgent economy.

  • 23rd among top universities for outdoor adventure by Outside Magazine
  • Reno was named a Top 10 emerging ski town by National Geographic
  • #10 on livability.com's Top 100 Best Places to Live