Parents & Family Resources
Admissions & applying to the University
First-year, international and transfer students seeking undergraduate admission are encouraged to review admission requirements, the application checklist and important deadlines before applying. Remember, November 15 is the early action admission deadline, a non-binding application for early admission acceptance.
Applying to the University
Is your student or family member ready to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno? After reviewing our admission requirements, head to our application section to review the steps necessary to submit an online application to the University.
We’d love to answer any questions you have about our application process, financial assistance, scheduling tours or what campus life is like at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Office for Prospective Students
Hours: Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. PST
Phone: (866) 263-8232
Tuition, financial aid and payments
Navigating the expenses of a college education can be challenging. However, the University has numerous offices and services available to making the financial-side of enrollment as easy and affordable as possible. Below is a list of financial, tuition and scholarship resources available to students, parents and their family members at the University.
The Cashier's Office is responsible for assessing and collecting student fees, as well as financial aid disbursements (e.g., scholarships, loans, grants). The Office has established a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer questions about how tuition is billed, payment options, signing up for payment plans and more.
Office of Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships provides a range of services and assistance to prospective students and their families seeking information about paying for a college education. The office offers cost estimates, student budget plans, scholarship information and more.
Reduced tuition programs
The University of Nevada, Reno offers reduced tuition programs for eligible undergraduate students who are earning their first baccalaureate degree.
Nevada Advantage is a reduced tuition program open to qualified, admitted first-time students who are residents of participating states. On average, Nevada Advantage saves students approximately $7,700 per academic year.*
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a reduced tuition program open to first-time students who have been admitted to the University and are residents of participating states. On average, students using WUE save approximately $11,000 per academic year.*
*To qualify, students must meet all requirements and deadlines for the fall semester in which they applied prior to attending the University to be eligible to participate in either Nevada Advantage or WUE. Average savings based on fall 2018 tuition costs across 30 undergraduate credits.
Housing & residential life
The University is committed to providing safe, comfortable and welcoming accommodations for all students who choose to live on campus, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, national or geographical origin, ability or socioeconomic status. Below are additional housing & residential life resources for parents and family members of our prospective and current students.
Apply for housing
It is important for students to apply for housing as early as possible as rooms fill up quickly. For the best chance of being assigned to the hall of choice or with a requested roommate, housing applications should be submitted by February 1st.
The University has a variety of on-campus living options for students, including four themed and living learning communities, two traditional residence halls and two residence halls for upper class and transfer students.
The Office of Residential Life, Housing & Food Services maintains an up-to-date list of total housing and dining rates for each residence hall, including deposit costs and when and how to make initial payments.
Gender Inclusive Housing provides an affirming, safe, and supportive environment for transgender students, gender-nonconforming students, and the larger LGBTQIA+ student community.
Dining & meal plans
Students can enjoy a range of on-campus dining options across campus. In addition, they may select from several meal plans, with competitive rates, that can be used at dining location on campus.
Getting around campus
Coming to campus? Need to find a specific building or facility? Use our building directory to quickly locate the University's buildings and facilities.
Find a building
The University of Nevada, Reno's campus is situated on 290 acres with more than 180 buildings that blend architecture from the 1880s alongside contemporary, state-of-the-art facilities.
Join us at the University of Nevada, Reno for a tour of campus to explore our facilities, talk with academic advisors and find out why we are one of the top-ranked R1 institutions in the country.
Campus resources for students
Student success is the at the center of everything we do at the University of Nevada, Reno. Learn about our various campus services, offices and programs dedicated to providing our students with a welcoming and safe learning environment.
We are excited to have you join us in your child's or family member's success as they graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. Use the links below to learn about commencement, from upcoming commencement dates to where to park when you come to campus.