With more than 30,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff members, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is located on 350 tree-lined acres in one of the country’s fastest-growing and most enterprising cities. Founded in 1957, UNLV is home to more than 15 colleges and schools and offers more than 340 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral academic programs.
Ranked in the highest category, Doctoral/Very High Research Activity, by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, UNLV is home to the world-renowned William F. Harrah College of Hospitality as well as Nevada’s only law and dental schools. In the fall of 2017, the new UNLV School of Medicine welcomed its first class.
The library is the heart of any university campus, and the Lied Library is a superb facility that utilizes the newest technology, including the Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval (LASR), which integrates industrial automated materials handling technologies with the online library catalog system to provide an innovative solution to long-term library storage. The library also houses a Special Collections department with materials relating to such topics as Nevada history and gaming, among others.
UNLV also has many on-campus research facilities and well-equipped laboratories to serve a growing undergraduate population and more than 5,000 graduate and professional students. Further information on these and other research centers may be found elsewhere in this catalog.
The campus’ spacious lawns and walkways are shaded by trees and complemented by desert foliage. In fact, the entire 350 acre campus, dubbed “The Emerald in the Desert,” has been designated an arboretum. Just outside the campus are apartments, restaurants, shopping centers, libraries, hospitals and all the other hallmarks of a modern urban area.
Dozens of musical, dramatic, dance and artistic groups have been formed under the auspices of the university and perform regularly for campus and community audiences. Each year, a number of popular stage and screen performers and recording artists from every musical category are featured in concert in the university’s events centers.
Many other campus activities including sponsors film series’, lecture series’, dances, intramural athletics, concerts, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. The Scarlet and Gray student newspaper, UNLV-TV, a campus and public-affairs television station, and a nonprofit radio station serve the UNLV community.
The university also has excellent sports facilities for use by students, including lighted tennis courts, playing fields, a 50-meter Olympic swimming pool, two gymnasiums, handball/racquetball courts, dance studios, gymnastics and weight-training rooms, baseball and soccer fields, and a full-size track for jogging enthusiasts.
UNLV is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, the Western Association of Graduate Schools, the American Council on Education, and the Western College Association. In addition to full accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the university is recognized by the Nevada State Department of Education for preparation in all fields for which it conducts programs.