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


  • Campus Ethnic Diversity rankings, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed March 2018,
  • Clark County School District, Trade and Technical Schools in Nevada, Accessed March 2018,
  • College of Southern Nevada, Accessed March 2018,
  • Nevada System of Higher Education, Accessed March 2018,
  • State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, Accessed March 2018,
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Accessed March 2018,
Education Institutes in Nevada
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Nevada
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,