Nevada Colleges Summary

Nevada residents considering postsecondary education can find a full range of options, from diploma and certificate programs to degree programs at the associate, bachelor's and graduate levels.

There are two public four-year universities in Nevada, as well as a state college. The largest of these is the University of Nevada with more than 44,000 students, on campuses in Reno and Las Vegas. The latter campus was named in 2017 as one of the most ethnically diverse universities for undergraduates by U.S. News & World Report. There are four community colleges in Nevada: the Community College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College.

The College of Southern Nevada, a private university with three campuses, is the largest of the Nevada colleges. There are also more than 100 privately operated trade and technical schools in the state.

Online and Distance Education in Nevada

Nevada colleges offer many options for online learning and hybrid education. The state participates in an agreement among member states, that sets national standards for postsecondary distance education. This makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Education Initiatives in Nevada

The state of Nevada has two initiatives to encourage students complete their college education. The "15 to Finish" program helps students graduate early by planning an increased course load. This saves students time and money and allows them to start their career sooner. The other initiative, Complete College America, increases college completion rates while closing attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

For more information on the Nevada System of Higher Education, see https://nshe.nevada.edu/

Sources:

  • Campus Ethnic Diversity rankings, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed March 2018, https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/campus-ethnic-diversity
  • Clark County School District, Trade and Technical Schools in Nevada, Accessed March 2018, https://ccsd.net/departments/guidance-counseling/trade-technical-schools-in-nevada
  • College of Southern Nevada, Accessed March 2018, https://www.csn.edu/about-us
  • Nevada System of Higher Education, Accessed March 2018, https://nshe.nevada.edu/
  • State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, Accessed March 2018, http://nc-sara.org/about/key-attributes-sara
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Accessed March 2018, https://www.unlv.edu/diversity

Education Institutes in Nevada
Total Number of Educational Institutes
41
Total Enrollment in all institutes
121,126
Number of Public Educational Institutes
8
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
27
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
6
Graduation Rate
8.37%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
3,027
On Campus and Online Programs in Nevada
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
1
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
2
Number of Institutes Offering both
38

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Nevada
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
College of Southern NevadaLas Vegas34,169Four or more years$3,492206
University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas30,457Four or more years$7,985251
University of Nevada-RenoReno21,463Four or more years$7,599188
Truckee Meadows Community CollegeReno10,861Four or more years$2,963129
Nevada State CollegeHenderson4,930Four or more years$5,43828
Great Basin CollegeElko3,451Four or more years$3,12881
Western Nevada CollegeCarson City3,327Four or more years$3,15866
Roseman University of Health SciencesHenderson1,724Four or more yearsN/A5
Touro University NevadaHenderson1,479Four or more yearsN/A12
Northwest Career CollegeLas Vegas1,067At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A10
Sierra Nevada CollegeIncline Village889Four or more years$34,24124
Pima Medical Institute-Las VegasLas Vegas707At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A10
Advanced Training InstituteLas Vegas669Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
The Art Institute of Las VegasHenderson592Four or more years$17,31626
Arizona College-Las VegasLas Vegas500Four or more years$19,7641

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/