Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Mission and Core Area

About UNLV

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, located in the vibrant and dynamic city of Las Vegas and surrounded by the Mojave Desert, embraces the traditional values of higher education adapted for the global community of the twenty-first century. UNLV assists students in meeting the intellectual and ethical challenges of responsible citizenship and a full and productive life through opportunities to acquire the knowledge and common experiences that enhance critical thinking, leadership skills, aesthetic sensitivity, and social integrity.

The university provides traditional and professional academic programs for a diverse student body and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship. UNLV simultaneously engenders collegial relationships and a sense of community among its members. UNLV embraces the interdependence of quality instruction, scholarly pursuits, and substantive involvements in campus and community life. The university offers artistic, cultural, and technical resources and opportunities to the broadest possible community. It promotes research programs and creative activities by students and faculty that respond to the needs of an urban community in a desert environment. UNLV is committed to developing a synergy between professional and liberal studies, between undergraduate education and graduate programs, and between superior teaching and meaningful research. UNLV increasingly is a dynamic resource for, and partner with, the community that it serves.

In just over 60 years, UNLV has undergone an amazing transformation from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution (designated Carnegie R1) of more than 30,000 students and nearly 4,000 faculty and staff.

Along the way, the urban land-grant university has become a dynamic resource for one of the country’s fastest-growing and most enterprising cities. UNLV’s 332-acre main campus, located on the southern tip of Nevada in a desert valley surrounded by mountains, is home to more than 220 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, all accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

UNLV’s Top Tier Mission    

As a minority-serving institution rich with diversity and committed to equity, UNLV:

• provides access to world class educational experiences that are responsive to the needs of our students and stakeholders;

• engages in groundbreaking research, scholarship, professional, and creative activities that have impact and cross boundaries; and

• offers high value, cutting-edge interdisciplinary physical and mental health care to support our community.

We create value for the individuals and communities we serve by fostering a climate of innovation, stimulating economic diversification and workforce development, promoting social justice and inclusion of all voices, and enriching cultural vitality.

UNLV’s Values

• Access and Equity

• Excellence and Integrity

• Collaboration and Stewardship

• Compassion and Inclusion

UNLV’s Core Areas

The core areas of UNLV, the objectives, and their indicators of achievement express the mission of the university. The core areas describe in broad statements what UNLV plans to accomplish and reflect the values that are shared by faculty and staff. Evaluation of the metrics associated with the indicators of achievement will demonstrate how effectively UNLV is carrying out its mission.

Core Areas:

• Advance Student Achievement

• Bolster Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity

• Create UNLV Health

• Stimulate Socio-Economic Development

• Foster Community Partnerships

• Promote Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion

Foundational Core Areas:

• Infrastructure and Shared Governance

• Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

More information is available on the UNLV Top Tier 2.0 website.