About Us

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno (“University”) proudly embraces its historic place among the nation’s land-grant universities and the enduring mission of learning, discovery, and engagement associated with this prestigious designation.  The University was relocated from Elko to Reno in 1885 and graduated its first class of three students in 1891. From this humble beginning, it has grown into a comprehensive university with 178 buildings, seven colleges and the Division of Health Sciences, a School of Medicine, 40 academic departments, and research expenditures of $100 million, while becoming a National Merit Sponsoring Institution with a record enrollment near 20,000 students in the fall of 2014.

Implicit with its land-grant mission to disseminate useful and practical information to the public, and in accordance with Nevada Revised Statutes, the University offers research-based knowledge and programs to address critical community needs across the state. It is home to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Small Business Development Center, Nevada Industry Excellence, Nevada Seismology Laboratory, the Agricultural Experiment Station, and other statewide programs. Extended Studies provides programs and alternate delivery methods and services that address diverse academic, professional development, and cultural needs of Nevada and beyond.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a Tier-1 “best national university” as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies it as “Research University/High”, as well as a “Comprehensive Doctoral” and “Balanced Arts and Sciences/Professions High Graduate Coexistence University”.

While maintaining its commitment to being accessible and affordable, the University maintains high academic standards and attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate scholars from Nevada, the nation, and the world. Its world-class research, artistry, and engagement programs contribute tangibly to fundamental knowledge while also providing practical contributions to issues that are directly relevant to the citizens of Nevada.