University of Nevada – Reno
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

It wasn’t until 17 years after its founding in 1874 that the University of Nevada – Reno awarded diplomas to the first graduating class of just three students. Since that time the university has grown to having a student population of more than 18,000 students. Of the full-time faculty members teaching at the university, 93% hold terminal degrees in their field. Currently the university is ranked 189th of national universities and 109th of the top public schools by the U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News also ranked the University of Nevada – Reno 51st in student engagement and accreditation of the top online graduate education programs.

Programs Offered

The University of Nevada – Reno offers more than 200 online courses. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. The online format allows students to earn credits toward their degree or complete an entire degree from the convenience of their own home or wherever they choose to study. Within the structure of the virtual classroom students are able to receive and complete assignments, study course materials, take tests, and participate in group or instructor discussions. The programs are designed to be as rigorous and challenging as their traditional counterparts without interfering with the demands of aworking adult student.


The University of Nevada – Reno is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It also holds specialized accreditation eight organizations, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Council on Education for Public Health.


Freshman applicants must show completion of high school in order to be considered for admission to the University of Nevada – Reno. Additionally, they must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0. In place of the GPA requirement, students may show proof of adequate combined scores on the SAT or ACT. If applying as a transfer student, the applicant must have earned a minimum of 24 transferable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on all course work. Graduate applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 for a master’s program and 3.0 for a doctoral program. Additional, program-specific requirements may include recommendation letters, personal responses, or previous professional work experience related to the field of study. For more information regarding admissions, click here.

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