Jun 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Admissions Information

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, welcomes applications from all interested students. All the admission and application requirements are subject to modification by the Nevada Board of Regents and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and are provided here as a guideline. Please refer to our website (www.unlv.edu) for the most up-to-date requirements.

Statement of Commitment to the Recruitment of Diverse Students at UNLV
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), along with other research-intensive public universities in the United States, recognizes that a student body that is diverse with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class background, and geography, among other dimensions of cultural difference, benefits and enriches the educational experiences of all students, faculty, and staff. Accordingly, UNLV strives to recruit students who will further enrich this diversity and to support their academic and personal success while they are a part of our campus community. The presence and achievement of racial and ethnic minority students at UNLV not only benefits these students individually, it enhances the educational and interpersonal experiences of everyone in our campus community. UNLV actively encourages applicants whose racial and ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education in Nevada, who are first-generation college students, and those with demonstrated financial need. Refer to the “University Community and Libraries” section of this catalog or www.unlv.edu/about/statements to review UNLV’s Reaffirmation of Commitment to Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity (EEO).


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Undergraduate Application Requirements


Application Priority Consideration Dates: The application deadline dates are June 1 for fall semesters, and December 1 for spring semesters. To be assured full consideration, applications for admission should be received and completed by these dates. Completed applications will continue to be taken and considered up to the application deadline on a space-available basis. Deadline for priority consideration for financial aid is November 1 for fall semesters. Visit http://unlv.edu/admissions/freshman to view the most current dates and deadlines for domestic and international first-year students. For the most current dates and deadlines for domestic and international transfer students visit http://unlv.edu/admissions/transfer. Students are encouraged to apply well before the posted dates.

Admission Application: The online application for domestic and international applications is available through the university website. Applicants to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are solely responsible for submitting a completed, signed, and dated application for undergraduate admission with supporting materials and a $60 nonrefundable application fee ($95 for international students) to the Office of Admissions. All application materials, including transcripts, become the property of the university, are not returnable and cannot be reproduced or released to any party including the applicant.

Official Transcripts: High school students must submit their transcripts along with any course work in progress. Applicants who have already graduated from high school must submit their final high school transcript that includes a date of graduation. Those applicants who have taken classes at a college or university during high school or any time before their application to UNLV must submit a separate official transcript from each institution attended regardless of whether credit was earned or not. All students using VA Education benefits are required to send military transcripts for transfer credit evaluation (38 CFR 21.4253, 21.4254, 21.4263).

Official academic transcripts must be submitted in the English language and must remain in the sealed envelope provided by the issuing institution(s) or provided electronically by the issuing institution(s) directly to UNLV.  Applicants who have completed coursework at a non-U.S. college or university are required to have their documents evaluatedby a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. This official evaluation and translation must be submitted to the university in a sealed envelope or electronically directly from the NACES member organization. Visit https://www.naces.org/ to view a list of member organizations.

Applicants who are enrolled in another educational institution at the time of application may submit an incomplete transcript for an admission decision to be rendered. However, final high school and/or college transcripts must be submitted no later than the Friday before classes start for the applicant’s term of admission.

Applicants who have attended other educational institutions may not disregard such records and make application on the basis of select college transcripts. Any applicant who gains admission on the basis of incomplete or fraudulent credentials or misrepresentation in the Application for Undergraduate Admission shall have admission and registration rescinded without refund of any fees. Refer to the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 9 for more information.

Official Test Scores: Effective Fall 2020, first-time freshman students seeking admission to UNLV may  take the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Admissible scores include: a composite score of 1120 on the SAT (post March 2016); 1040 (pre March 2016); or an ACT composite score of 22.  This option may not be applicable to transfer students or international students whose admission requirements are otherwise defined. Official test scores from a testing agency or from a high school transcript must be submitted to UNLV if a student chooses to report ACT and/or SAT scores on their application for admission.  Students also have the option to take the ACT Residual exam through Educational Outreach. ACT Residual results will only be recognized at UNLV.  

Placement Tests: Entering freshmen may take the American College Test (ACT) offered by the American College Testing Program, or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) offered by the College Entrance Examination Board which will be used to determine a student’s placement into English and math courses.  The math and English departments also offer placement tests for students who do not feel their ACT and/or SAT test scores are representative of their abilities in math and English or chose not to take the ACT and/or SAT. Additionally, students can also use Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) placement test for placement into math courses. Placement testing may not be taken more than two years prior to matriculation. For details regarding placement tests, visit unlv.edu/orientation/freshman/placement-info.
Individual departments may require additional test scores for placement (e.g. Chemistry, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, etc.). Information regarding these examinations may be obtained from UNLV’s academic departments.

Immunization Records: Nevada state law requires that all admitted students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas submit proof of immunization to the Office of the Registrar before they may attend classes. Immunizations should be submitted electronically through the self-service portal at unlv.edu/registrar/immunizations. All students regardless of age must provide documentation of immunization within the last 10 years for Tetanus Diphtheria (TD). Students born in or after 1957 must provide documentation of immunity for two doses of live measles (Rubeola), one mumps, and one Rubella vaccination. If you do not have documentation, then you will need to re-establish immunizations before you can attend classes.
Immunizations may be obtained from your physician, the UNLV Student Health Center (https://www.unlv.edu/srwc), or the local county health district in your area. In Las Vegas, immunizations can be obtained at the Clark County Health District, located at 625 Shadow Lane.

Residency Application: The regulations pertaining to Nevada residency for tuition purposes are established by the Board of Regents. Each applicant claiming legal residency in Nevada must submit a residency application and the supporting documentation along with their admission application. Current enrollees or graduates of a Nevada high school are exempt from this requirement. The residency application forms can be obtained from the university website (https://www.unlv.edu/admissions/residency) or from the Office of the Registrar.

Requirements for International Applicants: The University is authorized by U.S. Department of Homeland Security to admit international students on F-1 student visas. International students are subject to additional requirements that are established by the university and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as outlined below: 

1. Proof of English Language Proficiency: For general admission to UNLV international students must provide proof of English proficiency, unless the student qualifies for an exemption (see “English language Proficiency Exemptions” section. Test scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Please see minimum scores below that satisfy this requirement: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT Test overall score of 61.
  •  TOEFL Paper Based Test (accepted through April 2023) score of 500.  UNLV institutional Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) score of 76 paper-based or Level 3-100 computer based. 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS – must be academic version) with an overall band of 6 and no band below 5.5.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE - must be academic version) with an overall score of 44.
  • ACT Test score of 18 on English section.
  • SAT test score of 480 on reading/writing.
  • Duolingo score of 95.
  • Completion of ENG 113 (Composition I for International Students) at UNLV, which is strongly recommended, or any course articulated as equivalent to ENG 101 (Composition I) with a grade of C or better, taken at any accredited institution. Please note, the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality does not accept this form of English proficiency. Equivalent scores on other selected English proficiency exams approved by the Office of Admission

    English Proficiency Exemptions:
  • Applicants who have earned/will earn a degree, high school or otherwise, from a US institution.
  • Applicants who are from one of the following nations or who have earned/will earn a degree, high school or otherwise, from an institution in one of the following nations:
    Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, Irish Republic, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitt & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, North Ireland), U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Applicants who will earn/have earned a degree, high school or otherwise, outside of the US where English was the primary language of instruction.
  • Other reasonable evidence of fluency in English may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact internationaladmissions@unlv.edu for consideration.

    For further details, visit unlv.edu/admissions/international.

    2. Certification of Finances: Before the university may issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), the Office of Admissions must receive a Confidential Financial Certification form indicating that the student has ready access to sufficient financial resources to fully meet all institutional and personal expenses while studying in the United States. The certification must be accompanied by a bank letter that has been signed and/or stamped by a bank official. Visit the Office of Admissions website at unlv.edu/admissions/international for current information and to access the form.
    3. Copy of passport with all identifying information clearly displayed.
     Health Insurance: All UNLV F-1 visa international students are required to purchase UNLV student medical health insurance regardless of other health insurance policies they may have. The requirement to purchase the UNLV student health insurance cannot be waived.  International students are automatically charged health insurance premium fees when they register for classes. Optional dental coverage and vision insurance may also be purchased.
    5. For international students who are currently attending a U.S. high school/college, UNLV will need to receive the Transfer-In form completed by the DSO at the student’s current institution.

    The Office of Admissions will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/SEVIS record) to undergraduate international students who have provided the required certification of finances and who are admitted to a degree-seeking program.  An I-20 cannot be issued for online degree programs, for certificate programs, or for non-degree seeking courses taken. 

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements


The minimum academic requirements for admission to the university are described below. Please note that admission to the university may not mean admission to the program of your choice. Specific academic programs may have additional entrance requirements beyond those required for admission to the university. Applicants should consult the corresponding section of this catalog to find out about additional requirements for their major of choice.

High School Students: Admission to the university requires graduation from an accredited high school with a minimum weighted grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the following required high school courses.

ENGLISH: Emphasis on composition; rhetoric; and
American, English, and world literature………………………4 units

MATHEMATICS: Algebra or higher-level mathematics,
including algebra I and II, geometry, analytic
geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, probability and
statistics and other advanced mathematics………………..3 units

NATURAL SCIENCE: (lab or simulation); Including
biology, chemistry or physics with at least two
years in a laboratory science…………………………………….3 units

SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDIES: Including world history,
geography, U.S. history, economics, government,
or law…………………………………………………………………….3 units

TOTAL………………………………………………………………..13 units

A student who has successfully completed one or more computer science courses can apply not more than one unit of credit received for such a course to the units of natural science requires for university admission.  Students who have not completed these aforementioned required high school courses and/or have not earned a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) may be admitted to the university if they have earned a composite score of 1120 on the SAT (post March 2016) 1040 (pre March 2016) or an ACT composite score of 22, or earned a Nevada Advanced High School Diploma or a College and Career Ready High School Diploma.

Transfer Students: Except for in-state transfer students as described in the section “In-State Transfer Students,” admission to a four-year degree program is granted to domestic and international applicants transferring from another regionally-accredited college or university provided that 24 transferable semester credits have been completed and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in those transferable credits has been achieved. The applicant must be in good standing and eligible to return to the educational institution last attended (i.e., the applicant cannot be on academic or behavioral suspension or be in debt to any previously attended institutions).

Applicants who have attempted 23 or fewer college credits after high school graduation are subject to the high school admission requirements previously described. The high school record must meet the minimum grade point average or other requirements as indicated in the “High School Students” section.

In-State Transfer Students: Applicants wishing to transfer to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from another institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) must apply for admission to UNLV through the Office of Admissions and must fulfill the same requirements as those applicants who are not enrolled within the NSHE system. However, transfer students with a conferred Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, or Associate of Business degree from an NSHE institution only need to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for admission to the university.

Final Enrollment Procedures:  Admission will be granted to students applying for admission while still enrolled at another institution (high school, college, or university) if their current academic record indicates that they are admissible at the time of evaluation and that they will qualify for full admission upon completion of work in progress. Full admission is granted when all final credentials from institutions previously attended have been received and evaluated by the Office of Admissions and provided the applicant still meets the minimum admission requirements. Failure to submit final documents by the deadline listed in the academic calendar may result in cancellation of admission and/or enrollment (see Readmission after Cancellation). Failure to meet the minimum admission requirements after evaluation of final course work will result in cancellation of admission and/or enrollment.  Freshmen should submit a final official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation and the final semester’s grades for the work in progress prior to their date of matriculation at UNLV.  Transfer students should submit a final transcript for any courses completed prior to their date of matriculation at UNLV.

Students who do not enroll for the term in which they submitted a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking application for are discontinued. Discontinued students should either defer their application (see Admission Deferment Policy) or submit a new application for admission. The deferred application or new application should be submitted with any supporting documents to the Office of Admissions and is subject to the admissions application deadlines.

GED Recipients and Home-Schooled Students: Applicants who received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) are admissible if they have achieved a minimum composite score of 22 on the ACT; 1040 or  1120 (post March 2016) on the SAT; or 22 on the ACT Residual. If a GED or High School Equivalency recipient has not achieved either standardized test score, they can appeal through the Faculty Senate Admissions Committee (see Alternative Admission Policy).

Homeschool Applicants: If a student’s high school transcript is not issued by an accredited high school or homeschool agency, the coursework on the transcript will be evaluated for meeting the high school graduation requirements for the state they reside in. Each state’s Department of Education website has information on high school graduation requirements and high school equivalency programs. Students denied admission can appeal through the Faculty Senate Admissions Committee (see Alternative Admission Policy).

Alternative Admission Policy: The Nevada Board of Regents has authorized the university to admit each year a limited number of deserving students who do not satisfy the university’s minimum admission requirements but who may be admissible through alternate means. Admission by alternative criteria is an option for those applicants who are denied admission. The criteria for admission under the alternative admission program are:

o        A combination of test scores and grade point average that indicate potential for success.

o        Special talents and/or abilities such as, but not limited to, the visual or performing arts or athletic abilities.

o        Other evidence of potential for success.

o        Improvement in the high school record.

o        Overcoming adversity or special hardship.

o        Other special circumstances.

Applications for alternative admission criteria are reviewed by the Faculty Senate Admissions Committee. In addition to the application procedures described earlier, an applicant for alternative admission is also required to submit the documents listed below and to meet any other educational criteria that may be required by the Office of Admissions.

1.      All official transcripts indicating completion of all work in progress.

2.      Official standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) or other documented evidence of the necessary capability, readiness, achievement, and motivation to be successful in university-level study.  In order to be official, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency or appear on an official high school transcript. 

3.      A personal explanation of the circumstances of previous academic performance.

4.      Two letters of recommendation from an employer, educator, or responsible official.

Students admitted by the Faculty Senate Admissions Committee are required to meet with an Academic Success Center success coach at least twice during their first semester and must achieve a 2.0 grade point average for six or more baccalaureate-level credits by the end of that semester. Students who do not meet this requirement during their first semester will also be required to meet with a success coach during their second semester to develop a success plan.

Second Baccalaureate Degree Students: An applicant who has earned one bachelor’s degree from UNLV may apply for admission to earn a second bachelor’s degree from UNLV according to the requirements and procedures outlined for transfer students. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution other than UNLV and students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from UNLV and have had a gap in their enrollment are required to submit an application for admission and $60 ($95 for international students) non-refundable application fee.  Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from UNLV with no gap in their enrollment are not required to pay the application fee. 

Students are not permitted to earn two bachelor’s degrees in the same specialized discipline. Information regarding the number of credits required and the course work required for a second degree may be obtained by consulting the section on Academic Policies and the section describing the desired major in this catalog.

Non-degree Seeking Undergraduate Student Status: At UNLV, any person, subject to review and approval by the University, may enroll as a non-degree seeking student for purposes of personal enrichment, professional development, or to improve their academic record in order to be reconsidered for admission after denial of admission for insufficient academic credentials. Applicants who wish to enroll as a non-degree seeking student must submit an application and $30 non-refundable application fee.  Non-degree seeking students may enroll for a maximum of eight credits per semester. Although there is no limit to the total number of credits one may earn as a non-degree seeking student, no more than 24 credits may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree upon admission.

Freshman applicants who are denied admission may enroll as non-degree seeking students. These students will be considered for admission as transfer students upon completion of 24 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Transfer applicants denied regular admission may also enroll as non-degree seeking students. These students will be eligible for admission when the combination of their UNLV grade point average and the cumulative average of all other college or university-level course work meets the university’s minimum transfer admission GPA requirement of 2.5.

Upon reaching the transfer admission requirements, these non-degree seeking students who were previously denied must submit a new degree seeking application and fee in order to be reconsidered for admission.   

Applicants interested in non-degree seeking graduate status should inquire with the Graduate College.

Admissions Rules and Regulations

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Admission Deferment Policy:  Students who are admitted to UNLV but wish to attend during a future term are required submit an application for admission and pay the $60 application fee ($95 for international students). The application should be submitted with any required supporting documents to the Office of Admissions and is subject to the admissions application deadlines.

Denial of Admission: Applicants who do not meet the university’s regular admission requirements will be denied admission and may appeal to the Faculty Senate Admission Committee to be considered for admission under alternative criteria (see Alternative Admission Policy). Applicants denied admission as regular students may also enroll as non-degree seeking students until such time as a grade point average is achieved which meets the university’s transfer student requirements (see Non-Degree Seeking Undergraduate Student Status section).

Readmission: Fully admitted degree-seeking students who stop out for more than two semesters (excluding summer) are discontinued from the university and are required to submit an application for re-admission. The application should be submitted with any required supporting documents to the Office of Admissions and is subject to the admissions application deadlines.

Title IX Regulation Statement 


UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of any other legally protected category as is set forth in NSHE Handbook Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at titleixcoordinator@unlv.edu, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.

Credit Evaluation Policies

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Freshmen and transfer applicants to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas may be awarded credit for previous college or university course work, certain nationally administered examinations, correspondence and extension work, and military service according to policies established by the university and the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The policies are as indicated in this section.

Previous College or University Course Work:

Students who are transferring baccalaureate-level course work from regionally accredited institutions of higher education ordinarily will be granted credit for work completed that is equivalent to courses offered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, or that can, upon petition, be applied to a degree in the general education core or as general elective credit. The amount of credit awarded is based upon university regulations and the guidelines below:

A. Regionally Accredited Institutions: To be granted credit, transfer course work must have been earned at an institution accredited by one of the eight regional accrediting associations listed below and recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or they must have been earned at an institution that is a candidate for accreditation by one of these associations.

  1. Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  2. Middle States Association of College and Schools (MSA), Commission on Higher Education
  3. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  4. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CTCI), Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  5. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  6. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission on Colleges
  7. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACCJC), Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  8. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACSCU), Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

B. Nationally Accredited Institutions: Generally, credits earned at nationally accredited institutions will not be accepted by UNLV. However, credits earned in specialized institutions offering associate or bachelor degrees that are accredited (or that are candidates for accreditation) by one of the six national accrediting associations listed below and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be evaluated on an individual, course-by-course basis if requested by the student by means of petition to the specific academic department.

1.       Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

2.       Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

3.       Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Commission on Accreditation (formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, or AABC)

4.       Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS)

5.       Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)

6.       Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission (TRACS)

Transfer credit from any of the six CHEA-recognized nationally accredited institutions may be granted for courses that are comparable to those offered by UNLV or by other regionally accredited colleges and universities, provided the courses are relevant to the student’s academic program. A petition approved by the specific academic department is required to grant transfer credit from the above nationally accredited institutions. 

C. Transfer General Education Waiver for California IGETC & Breadth Certifications Policy

Students transferring from a regionally accredited community college or California State University (CSU) campus, with completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or CSU Breadth requirements, certified on an official transcript on or after August 23, 2017, will have all UNLV General Education Core requirements waived, with the exception of the Nevada Constitutions requirement and the ENG 102 requirement (required for CSU Breadth certified students only). All transfer students must complete the Milestone and Culminating experiences designated for their majors.

Transfer students are strongly encouraged to review major program requirements in the UNLV Undergraduate Catalog and to consult with an academic advisor to understand how coursework completed for IGETC or CSU Breadth will satisfy major-specific lower-division requirements.

D. Unaccredited Institutions: Credits earned in U.S. institutions of higher education that are not accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting associations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are not accepted by the university. The policies permitting advanced course placement and the earning of credit for nontraditional learning (see Nontraditional Credit) provide adequate opportunities for the objective evaluation of knowledge acquired through a variety of learning experiences, including military schools.

E. Duplicate or excess credit is not counted toward a UNLV degree.

F. Transferable baccalaureate-level credit earned at a regionally accredited community or junior college may be applied toward a UNLV bachelor’s degree.

G. Although transferable credit may be awarded at the point of admission, there is no guarantee that all transferable course work will be applicable to every degree program. However, course work that is deemed transferable at the point of admission will, at a minimum, be eligible for general elective credit.

Nontraditional Credit

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The following programs offer students the opportunity to earn credits through examination and military service. The maximum number of credits that may be applied toward a UNLV degree from these programs is 60. An official copy of appropriate grades/scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the school, testing service, or reporting agency.

Note: Nontraditional and prior learning credit do not meet the graduation requirement satisfying earned credit from a 4 year institution. 

Advanced Placement: Advanced placement and/or credit may be granted to entering students who have achieved appropriate scores on one or more of the Advanced Placement Tests offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (see list below). The tests are administered each year in May and are available to all high school students who have taken advanced-placement courses in high school and to other interested students who feel they have knowledge of the given subject being tested.

Students who receive advanced placement credit may progress to more advanced courses. Students receiving credit for advanced placement may apply these credits toward the total required for a degree. As a result, it is possible to hasten the completion of degree requirements or to enroll for course work in greater depth and breadth than would otherwise be possible.

UNLV courses or requirements satisfied through Advanced Placement Scores

AP Subject Score Credits UNLV Course
Art History 3-5 3

Gen Ed (Fine Arts)

Art Studio: 2D Design 3-5 3 Gen Ed (Fine Arts)
Art Studio: 3D Design 3-5 3 Gen Ed (Fine Arts)
Art Portfolio 3-5 3 Gen Ed (Fine Arts)
Drawing 3-5 3 Gen Ed (Fine Arts)
Biological Sciences 3 3 Gen Ed (Science without Lab)
Biological Sciences 4 3 BIOL 189A
Biological Sciences 5 6 BIOL 189A and either 190A or 191A with Advisor Evaluation

Can place into BIOL 103 or equivalent for laboratory credit. Please see Biological Sciences catalog section and confer with the College of Sciences Advising Center for additional information about use of honors courses, SAT scores, AP courses and AP scores for Biological Sciences placement

Chemistry Science 3 4 CHEM 121A and CHEM 121L
Chemistry Science 4-5 8 CHEM 121A and CHEM 121L + CHEM 122A and CHEM 122L
Computer Science
Computer Science A 3-5 3 CS 135
Computer Science Principles 3-5 3 CS LDELEC
Macroeconomics 3 3 General Elective - Economics
Macroeconomics 4-5 3 ECON 103
Microeconomics 3 3 General Elective - Economics
Microeconomics 4-5 3 ECON 102
English Language & Composition 3-5 3 ENG 101
English Literature & Composition 3-5 3 ENG 101
Environmental Science
Environmental Science 3 3 ENV LDELEC
Environmental Science 4-5 3 ENV 101
Foreign Languages and Cultures
Language & Culture 3 3 Equivalent to 113; placement to 114
Language & Culture 4-5 6 Equivalent to 113 and 114; placement to 213
Language & Literature 3 3 Equivalent to 113; placement to 114
Language & Literature 4-5 6 Equivalent to 113 and 114; placement to 213
Human Geography 3-5 3 General Elective (Social Science)
American History 3 3 HIST 101 or HIST 102T*
American History 4-5 6 HIST 101 and HIST 102T*
*These scores satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement but not the Nevada Constitution requirement and can be used for any HIST 102 requirement
European History 3 3 HIST 106T**
European History 4-5 6 HIST 106T** plus 3  credits General Elective - History
**These scores do not satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement but can be used for any HIST 106 requirement
World History 3-5 3 General Elective - History
Research 3-4 3 General Elective
Research 5 3 ENG 102
Seminar 3-5 3 General Elective
Calculus AB 3-5 4 MATH 181
Calculus BC 3 4 MATH 181
Calculus BC 4-5 8 MATH 181 and MATH 182
Theory 3-5 3 General Elective - Music
Physics 3 3  Gen Ed (Science without Lab)
Physics 4-5 6 PHYS 151A and PHYS 152A
Students must show satisfactory completion of laboratory work (PHYS 151L and PHYS 152L) to meet the General Education Science with Lab Requirement.  
Physics B: Physics Algebra and Trigonometry 3 3 Gen Ed (Science without Lab)
Physics C: Mechanics 3 3 Gen Ed (Science without Lab)
Physics C: Mechanics 4-5 3 PHYS 180 or PHYS 195 with Advisor Evaluation
Student must show satisfactory completion of lab work equivalent in order to earn 1 credit in PHYS 180L or PHYS 195L
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 3 GenEd (Science without Lab)
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4-5 3 PHYS 181 or PHYS 196 with Advisor Evaluation
Student must show satisfactory completion of lab work equivalent in order to earn 1 credit in PHYS 181L or PHYS 196L
Political Science
U.S. Government and Politics 3-5 3 Gen Ed (U.S. Constitution)
This score does not satisfy the Nevada Constitution requirement
Comparative Government and Politics 3-5 3 PSC 211
This score does not satisfy the U.S. and Nevada Constitution requirements
Psychology 3-5 3 PSY 101
Statistics 3-5 3 STAT 152



College Level Examination Program: Credit may be granted for the achievement of a satisfactory score on the College Level Examination Program’s (CLEP) subject examinations. Satisfactory achievement on the subject examinations is defined as a score of 50 or above.

In general, CLEP examinations should be completed prior to the conclusion of the second semester at the university to avoid duplication of first‑year introductory courses.

UNLV courses or requirements satisfied through CLEP Scores


CLEP Examination Credits UNLV Equivalent
Composition and Literature    
American Literature 3 General Elective
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 3 General Elective
College Composition 3 ENG 101
College Composition Modular 3 ENG 101
English Literature 3 Gen Ed (Humanities)
Humanities 3 General Elective
World Languages    
French Language:   Levels 1 and 2 6 FREN 113 & FREN 114
German Language:   Levels 1 and 2 6 GER 113 &  GER 114
Spanish Language:   Levels 1 and 2 6 SPAN 113 & SPAN 114
History and Social Sciences    
American Government 3 Gen Ed (U.S. Constitution)
History of the United States I 3 HIST 101
History of the United States II 3 HIST 102T**
Human Growth and Development 3 General Elective
Introduction to Educational Psychology 3 General Elective
Introductory Psychology 3 PSY 101
Introductory Sociology 3 SOC 101
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECON 103***
Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECON 102***
Social Sciences and History 3 General Elective
Western Civilization I:  Ancient Near East to 1648 3 HIST 105
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 3 HIST 106T**
Science and Mathematics    
Biology 4 BIOL 189A and BIOL 189L
Calculus 4 MATH 181
Chemistry 3 CHEM 121A
College Algebra 3 MATH 124
College Mathematics 3 MATH 120
Natural Sciences 3 Gen Ed (Science without Lab)
Precalculus 3 MATH 127
Financial Accounting 3 ACC 201
Information Systems 3 General Elective
Introductory Business Law 3 General Elective
Principles of Management 3 MGT 301
Principles of Marketing 3 MKT 301

*Students with these scores may petition the English Department to satisfy the English World Literature requirement of the UNLV General Education Core Curriculum.

**Course denotes that a component of the course (US or NV constitution) is missing and that the course can be used to fulfill humanities General Education and HIST 102 or 106 requirements but cannot fulfill US or NV Constitution requirements.

*** Pre-Major Business Course.

International Baccalaureate: Credit may be awarded for credit for each standard-level (SL) and higher-level (HL) examination passed at a level of 4 or above.

UNLV courses or requirements satisfied through International Baccalaureate
Students with a high school graduation date on or after May 1, 2020 who submit official scores for International Baccalaureate exams will have those scores articulated as specified in the table below.


IB Subject and Level Score Credits UNLV Course  & Core Area Requirement
Individuals and Societies 
Business Management HL 4 3 BUS 101
Business Management HL 5+ 6 BUS 101 and MGT LDELEC
Business Management SL 5+ 3 BUS 101
Economics HL 5+ 6 ECON 102 and ECON 103
Economics SL 5+ 3 Gen Ed (Social Science)
Geography HL 5+ 4 GEOG 103 and GEOG 104
Geography SL 5+ 3 Gen Ed (Social Science)
Global Politics HL 5+ 3 PSC 211
Global Politics SL 5+ 3 PSC LDELEC (Social Science)
History of Africa and the Middle East HL 5+ 6 HIST 208 and HIST 232 (Humanities and INTL)
History of the Americas HL 5+ 7 HIST 100 and HIST 208 (Humanities and INTL)
History of Asia and Oceania HL 5+ 6 HIST 208 and HIST 212 (Humanities and INTL)
History of Europe HL 5+ 6 HIST 208 and HIST 209 (Humanities and INTL)
History SL 5+ 3 Gen Ed (Humanities)
Information Technology in a Global Society HL 5+ 3 INF 100
Information Technology in a Global Society SL N/A - No Credit
Philosophy HL 4 3 PHIL 101
Philosophy HL 5+ 6 PHIL 101 and PHIL 130
Philosophy SL 5+ 3 PHIL 101
Psychology HL 4+ 3 PSY 101
Psychology SL 5+ 3 PSY 101
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 4 3 ANTH 101
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 5+ 6 ANTH 101 (Humanities and INTL) and ANTH 102
Social and Cultural Anthropology SL 5+ 3 ANTH 101 (Humanities and INTL)
World Religions SL 5+ 3 PHIL 210
Language and Literature
English A: Language and Literature HL 4+ 3 ENG 101
English A: Language and Literature SL N/A - No Credit
English A: Literature HL 4+ 3 ENG LDELEC (Humanities)
English A: Literature SL N/A - No Credit


IB Subject and Level Score Credits UNLV Course  & Core Area Requirement
Biology HL 4+ 4 BIOL 189A and BIOL 189L
Biology SL 5+ 4 BIOL 189A and BIOL 189L
Chemistry HL 5+ 3 CHEM 121A
Chemistry SL 5+ 4 CHEM 108
Computer Science HL 4+ 6 IS 101 and INF 100
Computer Science SL 5+ 3 IS 101
Design Technology HL 4+ 3 AAD LDELEC
Design Technology SL 5+ 3 AAD LDELEC
Environmental Systems and Societies SL 5+ 3 ENV 101
Physics HL  5+ 8 PHYS 151A/151L and PHYS 152A/152L
Physics SL 5+ 4 PHYS 151A/151L 
Sports, Exercise and Health Science HL 5+ 6 KIN 170 and KIN 172
Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL 5+ 3 KIN 170
Futher Math HL 5+ 4 MATH 182
Mathematical Studies SL 5+ 3 MATH 124
Mathematics HL 5+ 4 MATH 181
Mathematics SL 5+ 5 MATH 128
Dance HL 4+ 6 DAN LDELEC and DAN 101
Dance SL 5+ 3 DAN 101
Film HL 4 6 FILM 100 and FILM 110
Film HL 5+ 9 FILM 100, FILM 100 and FILM 220
Film SL 5+ 6 FILM 100 and FILM 110
Music HL 5+ 5 MUS 101 and MUS 102
Music SL N/A - No Credit
Theatre HL 4+ 3 THTR 100
Theatre SL 5+ 3 THTR 100
Visual Arts HL 4 3 ART 160
Visual Arts HL 5+ 6 ART 160 and ART 291
Visual Arts SL 5+ 3 ART 160


DANTES: Credit may be awarded for credit for each examination passed at the minimum score or requirement needed for that particular exam. Official transcripts of a student’s exams may be presented to appropriate departments to determine whether performance satisfies specific university, college, or department requirements. Departments may evaluate exams individually or establish equivalent grade policies. The department that offers the UNLV course will determine if the exams satisfies a university requirement. If the requirement is programmatic, the department and college offering the program will make the determination.

Correspondence, Extension, and U.S. Armed Forces Institute Courses: The university awards up to a maximum of 15 semester hours of credit for acceptable correspondence, extension, or USAFI courses. Credit awarded for such work is not considered resident credit.

Military Service: Honorably discharged veterans having served in the U.S. military service may, upon request, be granted physical education credit. To obtain credit, a copy of the Report of Separation, Form DD 214, should be presented to the Office of Admissions when applying for admission. A maximum of four credits will be awarded. Please note that this credit is not considered “resident credit” nor is it considered credit from a four year institution.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges: UNLV has been designated as an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of more than 1,275 colleges and universities providing voluntary postsecondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As a SOC member, UNLV recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and a consortium of 13 leading national higher-education associations. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

UNLV will NOT accept the following types of credit:

  • Credit awarded by post secondary institutions for life experience.
  • Credit awarded for courses taken at non-collegiate institutions unless otherwise stated above (e.g., governmental agencies, corporations, industrial firms, etc.).
  • Credit awarded by post secondary institutions for non-credit courses, workshops and seminars offered by other post-secondary institutions as part of continuing education programs.

Nevada System of Higher Education
Transfer Rights and Responsibilities for Students
and Institution

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Transfer credit for courses taken at other NSHE Institutions is governed by policies established in the Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 14, Sections 13, 14 and 15. For transferring course work from other NSHE institutions

A.     The completion of the associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of business degree at a community college automatically fulfills the lower-division general education requirements at any other NSHE institution (Section 13.1.a).

B.     Baccalaureate level courses included as part of the associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of business degree will transfer to any other NSHE institution at a minimum as general elective credit (Section 13.1.d).

C.     Completion of the associate of arts, associate of science, or the associate of business degree does not guarantee satisfaction of all state college or university lower-division requirements except for the lower-division general education requirements (Section 13.1.e)

D.     All undergraduate courses in the NSHE must be common course numbered with equivalent courses offered throughout the System. An NSHE transfer guide or common course numbering master file shall be maintained by the Office of the Chancellor and published on the Web. (Sections 14.1 and 14.2)

E.      Each institution shall determine the acceptability of general elective transfer credits, and departmental, college, or other requirements or equivalents shall be forwarded to the appropriate department or college for course evaluation. If general elective credit is granted by one institution, then all institutions shall accept the credit. Appropriate consultation with the faculty is encouraged throughout the evaluation process (Section 15.4).

In Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 15.12, the Board of Regents mandated that there be a NSHE website outlining the transfer process and protections given to baccalaureate degree-seeking students. The following presents the policies and procedures that govern student transfers between NSHE institutions. It is intended to inform students of their rights and responsibilities and affirm institutional responsibilities. Students and institutional representatives should follow these policies when making transfer-related decisions.

Student Rights
Students have the right to:

   ·    Receive automatic fulfillment of lower-division general education requirements at the universities, state college, and community colleges that offer select baccalaureate degrees upon completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or an Associate of Business degree from a NSHE community college.

·    Access information from the community colleges, state college, and universities about their transfer admission requirements, including documents required for admission, housing, and information about the institution’s costs, financial aid, and student services.

·     Access information about the transfer of specific courses, credit hours, grades, and degree requirements. This includes information about transferring courses with grades below a “C,” courses students may have repeated, and credit previously granted by examination.

·     Access and receive admission and transfer-related decisions in writing (electronic or paper) specifically:

o        Acceptance by the community colleges (limited access programs only), state college, and the universities.

o        Evaluation of courses and credits accepted for transfer credit and their course equivalencies, if applicable.

o        Outline of transfer courses and requirements which the transferred courses or credits will satisfy for the degree or program sought.

o        Analysis of the number of semester credits required to complete a degree in the chosen major program of study.

o        The NSHE institution’s appeals process for transfer-related decisions.

·       Appeal any NSHE institution’s transfer-related decision. The appeal process will be developed and maintained by each NSHE institution and published on the
       institutions’ website.

·        Elect to graduate under the course catalog graduation requirements under any of the following options, provided that the course catalog at the time of graduation is not more than ten years old:

o        The course catalog of the year of enrollment in a baccalaureate level course/program at a NSHE community college (valid transfer contract may be required.)

o        The course catalog of the year of transfer into a baccalaureate level program at the universities, state colleges, or community colleges that offer select baccalaureate degrees.

o        The course catalog of the year of graduation from a NSHE institution.

Warning: Changing majors may change the course catalog and graduation requirements, which may increase the time to degree completion.

Notice: Students have all the above rights and any others as summarized in the Summary of Board of Regents Transfer Policies. The summary can be accessed at the NSHE website at http://system.nevada.edu. Paper copies of this document are available upon request of the institution’s admission office.

Student Responsibilities
Students have the responsibility to:

·        Understand the transfer policies and procedures of the institution they are considering for transfer. Students should seek information from the institution they are transferring to regarding: core curriculum, prerequisites, major program requirements, degree requirements, admissions, financial aid, scholarships, housing, deadlines, restrictions, and other transfer-related criteria.

·        Complete all materials required for application and submit the application on or before the published deadlines.

·        Research how courses are applicable to degree and major requirements.

·        Understand that if they change their major, not all courses taken will necessarily apply to their new major.

·        Plan ahead and realize that appointments with advisors are necessary.

·        Understand that after a break in their enrollment, status as an admitted student may be affected.

NSHE Institution Responsibilities
NSHE institutions will:

·        Make transfer-related policies and procedures available on their websites.

·        Make answers to frequently asked questions about transfer issues accessible for students and provide opportunities for appropriate follow-up appointments to students.

·        Provide information on the approximate costs of attending the institution, including tuition, books and supplies, housing, and other related fees.

·        Relay admission and transfer-related decisions to students in writing (electronic or paper); including information about the student’s appeal rights.

·        Establish and make available upon request internal appeals processes to review transfer-related issues and decisions.

·        Engage in continuous, authentic dialog among NSHE institutions about transfer-related issues with the purpose of solving the challenges before they negatively impact students.

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