Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 

Mission and Core Area


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About UNLV


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is a public urban research institution committed to excellence and impact in education, research, and public service. With more than 70% of its degree-seeking undergraduate students identifying as part of a racial or ethnic minority, UNLV is one of the nation’s most diverse institutions. The university meets federal Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) requirements as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). UNLV’s 332-acre main campus, located on the southern tip of Nevada in the vibrant and dynamic city of Las Vegas and surrounded by the Mojave Desert, is home to more than 200 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree levels.

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 partners with, the community that it serves.

UNLV is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its very high research activity - in the top 3% nationally - as well as for its community engagement. Through progressive curricular offerings, interdisciplinary scholarship, and cooperative engagement with its local and extended communities, the university seeks to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the improvement of society—and to prepare a new generation of citizens and leaders who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to fortify the workforce and lead lives of impact in the world. UNLV is a thriving urban research institution with more than 30,000 students and nearly 4,000 faculty and staff. This urban land-grant university has become a dynamic resource for one of the country’s fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.



UNLV’s Top Tier 2.0 Mission


UNLV’s Top Tier 2.0 strategic plan vision is to improve the lives of our diverse students and transform our communities through education and engagement. The mission reads:

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 an 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 across campus, providing an evaluation of the monitored progress and 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, including core area objectives and associated metrics/progress, is available on the UNLV Top Tier 2.0 website at https://www.unlv.edu/toptier.