May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 

The University Community & Libraries

The University Community & Libraries

UNLV Mission Statement: UNLV has been designated an R1 institution for “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education since 2018. Of approximately 4,000 institutions nationwide, UNLV is one of approximately 146 with this distinction. In addition, UNLV holds the Carnegie Foundation’s national elective community engagement classification. Both designations are the gold standard for achievement. Maintaining these distinctions continues to be central to the Top Tier 2.0 Strategic Plan (2022-2029), which envisions UNLV as improving the lives of diverse students and transforming our communities through education and engagement. 

The university’s mission guides campus efforts and states: “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.” 

Values help communicate the university’s identity and mission to stakeholders and inform practice and decision making.

  • Access & Equity: To foster a sense of belonging by valuing transparency and fairness, while honoring and embracing diverse voices, skills, experiences, and abilities.
  • Excellence & Integrity: To hold ourselves to the highest standards in all that we do to cultivate a world class educational experience and workforce.
  • Compassion & Inclusion: To extend respect and understanding to our students and colleagues, allowing everyone to fully engage in all aspects of the university.
  • Collaboration & Stewardship: To responsibly share and use UNLV’s human, financial, physical, and education resources including our people’s knowledge and ideas.

The core areas of UNLV, the objectives, and their indicators of achievement express the mission of the university. Each core areas identifies an area of focus, and each core area has associated objectives that describes 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 Academic 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.

UNLV accreditation: UNLV is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Nevada System of Higher Education: All public higher education in the state of Nevada is organized under a single governance system administered by the 13-member Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents. NSHE consists of two universities: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno; an internationally renowned research unit: The Desert Research Institute; one state college: Nevada State College, Henderson; and four community colleges: College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas; Great Basin College, Elko; Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno; and Western Nevada College, Carson City.

The Nevada System of Higher Education enrolls more than 106,000 students in a wide range of programs from occupational and training areas to doctoral programs.

Historical Perspective: The first college-level classes in Southern Nevada started on an extension basis in 1951 in a spare room at Las Vegas High School. Dr. James Dickinson was the only full-time faculty member, and the student body totaled 12.

Six years later, the university was founded officially as a southern regional division of the University of Nevada by action of the Nevada Board of Regents. In the summer of 1957, the university opened its first classroom and administration building — Maude Frazier Hall.

Twenty-nine students accepted degrees at the university’s first commencement ceremonies in 1964. The following year, the Nevada Legislature named the school Nevada Southern University, and the Board of Regents hired the campus’ first president.

In 1968, the university was granted autonomy under the state’s higher education system, giving it status equal to that of the University of Nevada, Reno. The Board of Regents approved the institution’s present name in January 1969.

Continual expansion in terms of programs, facilities, and influence has characterized the university since its modest start.

Enrollment today exceeds 30,000 students. Students attend classes at an attractive 405-acre campus in metropolitan Las Vegas. Close by are homes and apartments, schools, shopping centers, restaurants, and all the conveniences of a modern cosmopolitan area.

University Organization:  The President of UNLV acts as chief executive officer and is assisted by the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the President’s Cabinet, comprised of the following:

  • Keith E. Whitfield, President
  • Chris L. Heavey, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Kate Hausbeck Korgan, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Vince Alberta, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Brand Integration
  • Bo Bernhard, Vice President of Economic Development
  • Tondra De, Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Juanita Fain, Special Liaison to the President
  • Adam Garcia, Vice President, Public Safety Services, UNLV Director, University Police Services Southern Command
  • Erick Harper, Director of Athletics
  • David Hatchett, Vice President for Research
  • Nicole L. Johnson, Special Assistant to the President
  • Kyle Kaalberg, Executive Director for Strategy and Strategic Initiatives
  • Marc J. Kahn, Vice President for Health Affairs
  • Rickey N. McCurry, Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
  • Sabra Smith Newby, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs 
  • Kivanc Oner, Vice President for Digital Transformation and Chief Information Officer
  • Keith Rogers, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs 
  • Elda Luna Sidhu, General Counsel
  • Ericka Smith, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer
  • Fred Tredup, Chief of Staff
  • Jean Vock, Senior Vice President Business Affairs/CFO
  • Victor Wei, Senior Advisor to the President - Strategy and Partnerships
  • Seval Yildirim, Vice President for Diversity Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is organized into the following academic units: the Colleges of Education, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Fine Arts, Honors, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Greenspun College of  Urban Affairs, the Academic Success Center, Lee Business School, William S. Boyd School of Law, Dental Medicine, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, Integrated Health Sciences, Public Health and Nursing, and the Division of Educational Outreach. The Graduate College oversees masters and doctoral degree programs in a broad variety of disciplines.

In addition to the academic colleges, various other departments, divisions, and programs work cooperatively to support the major functions of the university.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 foster their academic and personal success as integral members of our campus community. The presence and achievement of students from historically underrepresented groups at UNLV not only benefits these students individually, but also enhances the educational and interpersonal experiences of everyone in our campus community. UNLV actively encourages applicants whose racial and ethnic background are underrepresented in higher education in Nevada, who are first-generation college students, and/or those who have demonstrated financial need.

Statement on Diversity in the University Community: As an institution of higher learning, UNLV represents a rich diversity of human beings among its faculty, staff, and students and to promote a campus environment that situates inclusive excellence as central to our mission and vision. Accordingly, the university supports understanding and appreciation of all members of its community regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or political affiliation.

Unlawful Harassment, Personal Discrimination, and Retaliation: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, affirms that students and employees are entitled to an educational and employment environment free from unlawful harassment or personal discrimination and expressly prohibits unlawful harassment or personal discrimination of any individual among the university community engaged in educational or employment pursuits based on that individual’s age, disability, gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, nation origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles), color, or religion. Further, no student or employee shall be subject to retaliation for bringing a good-faith complaint pertaining to unlawful harassment or personal discrimination or for protesting such behavior directed against another member of the university community.

Reaffirmation of Commitment to Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity (EEO): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, disability, gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, nation origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles), color, or religion - except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or employment qualifications or where marital or veteran status are statutorily defined eligibility criteria for federal or state benefit programs. Further, the university seeks to promote campus diversity by enrolling and employing a larger number of minorities and women where these groups have historically been and continue to be under-represented within the university in relation to availability. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UNLV and preference may be given to substantially equally qualified candidates who can demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This affirmation is published in accordance with 41 CFR 60 and is in keeping with Title VI & Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972; Executive Order 11246; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Nevada Revised Statutes; and the Code and Policies of the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

To ensure that equal educational and employment opportunity exists throughout the university, a results-oriented equal opportunity/affirmative action program has been implemented to overcome the effects of past discrimination and to eliminate any artificial barriers to educational or employment opportunities for all qualified individuals that may exist in any of our programs. The university aims to achieve, within all areas of the university community, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff capable of providing for excellence in the education of its students and for the enrichment of the university community.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, reaffirms its commitment to equality of educational and employment opportunity in its relationships with all members of the university community and its commitment to the elimination of any documented historical and continuing underutilization of women and minorities among the student body or employee complement. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is committed to this program and is aware that with its implementation, positive benefits will be received from the greater utilization and development of previously underutilized human resources.

Accreditation: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

Program Accreditations:

  1. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) at the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree levels.
  2. UNLV’s international programs are approved by the Council on International Educational Exchange.
College Program Accredited by

Lee Business School

Accounting, B.S. & M.S.   AACSB
Executive Master of Business Administration, E.M.B.A. AACSB
Economics, B.S. & M.A. AACSB
Finance, B.S.B.A. AACSB
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration AACSB
Graduate Certificate in New Venture Management AACSB
Master of Business Administration, M.B.A AACSB
Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology, B.S.B.A. AACSB
Management Information Systems, M.S. AACSB
Marketing & International Business, B.S.B.A., International Business or Marketing AACSB
Real Estate, B.S.B.A. AACSB
School of Dental Medicine Dental Public Health Residency Program CODA
Doctor of Dental Medicine, D.M.D. CODA
Doctor of Dental Surgery, D.D.S.  CODA
General Practice Residency, Certificate CODA
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Certificate CODA
Pediatric Dentistry, Certificate CODA

College of Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. CACREP
School Counseling, M.Ed. CACREP
School Psychology, Ed.S NASP
Secondary Education in Art, B.A NASAD
Secondary Education in Art, B.S. NASAD
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering  Civil Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Computer Engineering, B.S. Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
Computer Science, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Construction Management, B.S. ACCE
Electrical Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
College of Fine Arts   Architecture, M. Arch. NAAB
Art, B.A., Art History  NASAD
Art, B.F.A.                NASAD
Art, M.F.A, Studio Art  NASAD
Entertainment Engineering and Design, B. S.  ABET
Interior Architecture & Design, B.S. CIDA
Landscape Architecture, B.L.A. LAAB
Music, B.A. NASM
Music, B.M., Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, or Performance NASM
Music, D.M.A., Applied Music NASM
Music, M.M., Music Education, Performance, Conducting, or Composition NASM
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality  Concentration in PGA Golf Management Professional Golfers’ Association of America
School of Integrated Health Sciences Athletic Training, B.S. caATe
Comprehensive Medical Imaging, B.S., Radiography Concentration JRCERT
Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, D.P.N.D. ACEND
Dietetic Internship (D.I.) in Nutrition Sciences  ACEND
Doctor of Physical Therapy, D.P.T. CAPTE
Environmental Health Physics Option, M.S. ABET
Medical Physics, D.M.P. CAMPEP
Occupational Therapy Doctorate O.T.D. ACOTE
Radiography Certificate JRCERT
William S. Boyd School of Law  Juris Doctor, J.D. ABA
College of Liberal Arts  Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. APA
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV  Couple and Family Therapy, M.S. COAMFT
Doctor of Medicine, M.D. LCME
School of Nursing  Bachelor of Science Nursing, B.S.N. CCNE
Master of Science Nursing, M.S.N. CCNE
Doctor of Nurse Practice, D.N.P. CCNE

School of Public Health 

Health Care Administration, B.S. AUPHA
M.H.A. (Master of Health Care Administration) CAMHE
Public Health - B.S., M.P.H., & Ph.D.  CEPH
College of Urban Affairs  Bachelor of Social Work, B.S.W. CSWE
Master of Public Administration, M.P.A. NASPAA
Master of Social Work, M.S.W. CSWE




Las Vegas and the Southwest



Las Vegas itself has many attractions. Like any other large metropolitan area, the city has fine libraries, museums, community theater, art galleries, and parks that are enjoyed and supported by more than one million local residents. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, southern Nevada is an example of modern urban living.

University cultural events provide yet another form of entertainment in a city that bills itself as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” For example, the Barrick Lecture Series is extremely popular with students and community residents.

The Barrick Lecture Series brings well-known persons to campus for free public lectures on a variety of topics. Lecturers have included Walter Cronkite, Louis Rukeyser, Benazir Bhutto, Tom Wolfe, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Cokie Roberts, and Mark Russell. The series also has featured important academicians such as Stephen Jay Gould, George Wald, Carl Sagan, Mortimer Adler, Jane Goodall, and Richard Leakey.

Of course, any college experience includes more than the intellectual stimulation of the classroom and the physical confines of the city and campus. It also takes color and character from the university’s larger environment. For UNLV, this is the Southwest.

Mild desert temperatures make outdoor recreation possible throughout the year in southern Nevada. Within a 30-mile radius lie the shores of Lake Mead, massive Hoover Dam and the Colorado River recreation area, the snow-skiing and hiking trails of 12,000-foot Mount Charleston, and a panorama of red rock mountains and eroded sandstone landscapes. In addition, the city is only four to five hours by car from the beaches of southern California and the national parks of Utah and Arizona.

Las Vegas enjoys a mild year-round climate, yet there are noticeable seasonal differences. The annual average temperature is 79 degrees, but it is not unusual for the mercury to hit the 110 degree mark during the summer and dip into the 30s in the winter. Annual rainfall amounts to only 3.5 inches, much of it falling in the winter when it is snowing in the nearby mountains.


Research Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories


The university has more than 60 approved centers and institutes that conduct research or provide public service. For a current listing, visit  Research centers, institutes and laboratories that have been approved by NSHE provide research, specialized scholarly activity, education, and/or public service in furtherance of interdisciplinary study, outreach, and acquisition of extramural funding.

UNLV/CSUN Preschool: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) / Consolidated Students University of Nevada (CSUN) Preschool is a division of the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies. The preschool is housed in the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center on the UNLV Campus. The mission of the UNLV/CSUN Preschool is to provide a model inclusive early childhood program that serves children (6 weeks to 5 years of age) of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding campus community.

Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience:

The Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience provides an academic platform for research and learning opportunities regarding the study of drug development for Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. It includes a clinical trials observatory for tracking new treatments, trial designs, and biomarkers in clinical trials for neurodegenerative disorders. The Center also hosts a trial technology incubator to promote the development and implementation of new biomarkers, outcome measures, and technologies as well as the appropriate means of analyzing the data generated.

The Center serves as a collaboratory for interdisciplinary dialogue and research on key aspects of drug development and engages students in drug development-related activities; acquainting them with career opportunities in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research. The vision of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience is to become the global research leader in tracking, predicting, and facilitating the development of new therapies for brain disorders. The mission of the Chambers-Grundy Transformative Neuroscience Initiative is to accelerate the development of new therapies for patients with central nervous system (CNS) disorders.

Desert Research Institute: The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI’s faculty members are nontenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion.

Division of Educational Outreach: The Division of Educational Outreach at UNLV is committed to creating an environment that promotes quality instruction, professional development, and community engagement. Our courses and programs are monitored through established procedures with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and are assessed with regard to student achievement. This practice serves as a process to help identify and inspire firm education and training practices of all our offerings for the purpose of in-house reporting and meeting the NWCCU standards.

Division of Research: UNLV’s Division of Research is committed to creating a campus environment that supports and promotes the performance of superior research and innovative scholarly pursuits. The division is dedicated to helping university faculty, staff, and students continue building UNLV’s reputation as a nationally recognized research institution. It is our intent to help promote and facilitate research and scholarly pursuites of all who wish to recognize their creative and intellectual goals.

Office of Economic Development (OED): ( The Office of Economic Development sparks connections between UNLV and industry, forging collaborations that solve today’s challenges and create tomorrow’s opportunities. Through high-impact programs, resourceds, and innovation infrastructure,  OED is advancing UNLV and community-based entrepreneurship and start-ups, technology development and commercialization, idea and businesses acceleration, incubation, and laboratory programs and services, mutually beneficial industry collaborations, and attraction and retention of hi-tech businesses to Southern Nevada that support a diverse and globally competitive Nevada economy. Programs and services offered by OED include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Technology Commercialization: assessing, protecting, marketing, and commercializing life changing products and services based on UNLV owned or controlled intellectual property.
  • Small Businesses Development Center at UNLV (UNLV SBDC): statewide resource that delivers no cost businesses advising and training to local entrepreneurs.
  • Rebel Forge: (description)
  • UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park: Recently named the region’s “most Catalytic space” by the Urban Land Institute of Nevada, the 122-acre Tech Park serves UNLV, government labs, and hi-tech companies through providing leasable land and office space, encouraging mutually beneficial collaborations with industry, supporting start-ups, driving real-world opportunities for students, and an interface with the greater economic development and diversification ecosystem.
  • Black Fire Innovation: Located at the UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, Black Fire Innovation serves to accelerate innovation for hospitality, gaming, and entertainment. Black Fire Innovation includes 43,000 square-feet of space with offices, maker-space, living hospitality lab, co-working space, and educational facilities. Black Fire Innovation is a one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem where technology and talent converge to diversify and grow Southern Nevada’s economy.
  • UNLV Sports Innovation Initiative: fuels UNLV and Las Vegas’ ascent into a global sports and entertainment hub, forging collaborations across industries and UNLV to advance sports science, business, education, and innovation.
  • UNLV Incubator (powered by Hughes Center): helps UNLV entrepreneurs (student and reearchers) bridge the crucial stage of the innovation process between concept and reality. Located in one of Las Vegas’ preeminent office buildings, the incubator faculty guides early stage startups through a myriad of factors essential for success, including intellectual property, business modeling, funding, customer discovery, and pitching. Supported by subject matter experts and venture capitalists, the entreprneurs are immersed into the regional startup ecosystem.
  • Industry Engagement: entry point for industry to engage UNLV in mutually beneficial collaborations that leverage University assets (physical and personnel).

English Language Center: The English Language Center (ELC) supports non-native speakers of English with reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary courses to develop inquiry, critical thinking and communication skills in order to succeed in their chosen major at UNLV. The English Language Center is dedicated to training students for success in the transition from ESL classes to academic study at UNLV. The Center serves ethnically diverse students from over 70 different countries. These students prepare for academic success by engaging in intermediate, advanced, English composition, and an intensive English as a Second Language Bridge Program: a seven-level program that focuses on developing oral and written communication and academic skills. The English Language Center faculty and staff hold master’s and doctoral degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language.

International Center for Gaming Regulation: The International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR or the Center) is an academic and research center that is singularly focused on affecting change in the way gaming regulation is approached. Through education, original research, thought leadership, and advisory services, the Center engages with regulators, manufacturers, and operators across the world. We gather insights, best practices, knowledge, and tools to help regulators analyze and improve gaming policies and regulations in their jurisdictions in an effort to create a modern, sustainable, and innovative global gaming ecosystem.

Language Resource Center: The Language Resource Center supports the English Language Center and the World Languages and Cultures departments. The LRC is a specialized use computer laboratory and computer teaching facility open to UNLV students and faculty. We offer multimedia resources (movies, books, cds) for foreign language and ESL learners to enhance classroom instruction and self-study. LRC offers RebelPrint services.

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art: The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and Donald H. Baepler Xeric Garden are centrally located on UNLV’s campus (between Lied Library and Wright Hall). The Museum and Xeric Garden offer opportunities to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage through an active exhibition schedule, educational programming and exciting events for all ages. Outdoors, you’ll find the 1.5 acre garden, featuring drought-tolerant plants from Australia, South America, Mexico, and the Mediterranean.

Mathematics Learning Center: The MLC is a collaborative Retention, Progression, Completion-driven initiative in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Sciences. The mission of the MLC is to focus on the development and implementation of effective programs for students in corequisite and gateway college math courses.

Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC ): The Nevada SBDC at UNLV is a statewide no cost resource for business assistance, providing a unique array of services, expertise, and training in all areas including starting, growth, and development of a business. The Nevada SBDC also offers information and guidance in understanding and complying with environmental regulations. In addition, the Nevada SBDC provides useful information and analysis of the economy, environment, and demographic data to help businesses and other organizations promote economic growth in their communities.

This program provides guidance to entrepreneurs who are contemplating the formation of new businesses by offering practical and accessible information that can provide a path through the regulatory, and business landscape.

Additionally, the Nevada SBDC networks with members of a variety of local groups, including Chambers of Commerce, the tech community, and under-represented communities within the urban areas of our community.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an SBDC counselor, please call: 702-895-0198.

For more information, including a complete training calendar for the Nevada SBDC, please visit:

Office of Information Technology: The office provides executive leadership and strategic vision to advance the university’s IT infrastructure and unite the campus IT community in supporting UNLV’s mission. Dedicated to providing friendly personalized user experiences, IT professionals continuously strive to offer technology that furthers innovation, research, and academic excellence. Connecting with university partners, the office persistently pursues new opportunities and delivers more robust services, driving the journey of digital transformation at UNLV. For more information about campus technology, visit the UNLV IT site at

Division of Diversity Initiatives: UNLV has created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. The Division of Diversity Initiatives will coordinate and lead various efforts to institutionalize diversity, equity and inclusion as a fundamental transformative force that fosters excellence, academic, professional and personal growth. We will assist UNLV in realizing its full potential by empowering our community with a shared vision, understanding and acceptance of responsibility for diversity and inclusion.

UNLV Undocumented Student Program (USP)
The UNLV Undocumented Student Program (USP) provides services, resources, and support to undocumented students and mixed-status families on our campus. Through a variety of workshops, trainings, programs, and partnerships with students, campus allies, and community stakeholders, USP strives to support all members of the UNLV community. Through advocacy for educational equity and by fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, USP is committed to empowering and celebrating undocumented student resilience. 

Resource Coordinator

The Intersection:  The Intersection: Academic Multicultural Resource Center serves as a comprehensive and sustainable center for UNLV first generation college students, students of color, faculty and staff. Through targeted programing and partnerships with academic colleges, departments, community stakeholders and organizations, The Intersection is designed to cultivate success for first generation and students of color by serving as an intersecting campus resource that provides access, resources, and linkages to research, people, information, and services designed to cultivate success for first generation students and students of color attending UNLV.

Summer Term: Summer Term provides a variety of opportunities for students to achieve graduation sooner. Summer courses have the same academic content as Fall and Spring but move at a much faster pace. Many students enjoy the structure of attending courses five days a week for three to five weeks. This format enables students to immerse themselves in the subject material and advance their progress in obtaining their degree.

Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic: The clinic is an interdisciplinary law office in which specially licensed law students work with graduate-level social work and education students under the supervision of law faculty to represent youth and adult clients in a variety of legal matters, including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, immigration, and criminal defense. The pedagogical, research and service goals of the clinic include fostering an understanding of the law in action and the interconnected nature of the problems and systems that operate in the lives of clients.

UNLV UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES:  The University Libraries define the new academic research library – bringing people and information together in innovative ways. As UNLV emerges as a leading urban research institution, the Libraries pioneer dynamic, user-focused methods of reaching, connecting, and engaging learners. Encompassing more than 327,000 total square feet of space in six facilities, the main Lied Library and four specialized branch libraries in architecture, education, health sciences, and music offer collections, services, and expert assistance to UNLV students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The University Libraries contribute to and support learners as they discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning. Librarians work to prepare students not just for academic success, but for informed decision-making in careers and as citizens. Librarians work directly with students through a program of course-integrated library instruction, and with faculty on research assignment design and course preparation.

Library Resources & Services

  • UNLV library collections reflect the broad range of UNLV’s academic programs, offering open stacks for browsing a collection of more than 1.2 million print volumes and more than 1.3 million electronic books.
  • The Libraries’ website – – connects users to both the print and digital collections, including more than 300 library databases, 80,000 online and print journals, and more than 1.5 million microforms, videos, CDs, maps, and government documents.
  • Additional materials are available from libraries worldwide though interlibrary loan –
  • UNLV students, faculty, and staff may check out material with their RebelCard which serves as a library card for material checkout and renewals.
  • Access to online resources from off-campus is easy – log in with your ACE account.
  • The Textbook Reserve Program (through a partnership with CSUN) provides short-term (2-hour and 24-hour) checkout of key textbooks from many general education courses. To find items on course reserves, visit this site:
  • Anatomical models and 3D-molecular model kits are available for student checkout at the Main Circulation Desk in Lied Library.
  • Located in Lied Library, a Career Collection offers print resources related to jobs, careers, resumes, standardized tests and more; items can be checked out for a 7-day check-out period.
  • The Leisure Zone, located on the 2nd Floor of Lied Library, features a Leisure Reading Collection that consists of recently published fiction and non-fiction titles that can be checked out for 3 weeks. DVDs of feature films are also available for check out.
  • Founded in 1967, Special Collections houses unique and specialized research collections on Las Vegas, Southern Nevada, the gaming industry, and UNLV in a variety of formats, including dynamic digital collections, oral history, films, maps, manuscripts, music scores, and architectural drawings. For more information on collections, events, and exhibitions, visit our website at:

Research Assistance

  • Research assistance is available in a variety of way – in-person, via chat, by telephone, via text message, via email. Assistance is available at the Research Assistance Desk in Lied Library and in all four branches. Visit our website at:
  • Individual, personalized research consultations may be set up in advance with a specific librarian – – librarians meet with researchers one-on-one (or in small groups) in the dedicated Research Consultation Room in Lied Library or in branch libraries. Personalized research consultations may also be done via telephone or email or virtually. The Libraries have a dedicated Research Consultation Room where librarians can meet one-on-one with individuals or with small groups to discuss research topics and projects, help researchers identify and evaluate sources, and learn how to search library resources effectively.
  • Need help with a specific subject? Every college and discipline has an assigned librarian with special subject expertise  -
  • The Libraries host a series of workshops each semester, on topics ranging from critical reading to creating a research poster to workshops on specific tools like RefWorks. These offerings all aim to support students with their research and education needs – to find out more, check out:

Library Technology

  • More than 700 computers are available in Lied Library and branches and can be used to access web-based information resources as well as productivity software.
  • UNLV students can log into library computers with their ACE account and password.
  • The Libraries offer a wide variety of technology on loan including laptop computers, cameras, voice recorders, projectors, virtual reality headsets, digital microscopes, musical keyboards and more. To view items available for checkout, visit the website:
  • Lied Library features the Knowledge Production Lab with specialized hardware and software to create multimedia projects and presentations.
  • Self-service printing and photocopying machines are available in all library locations.

Learning Spaces

  • More than 3,100 study spaces are available including individual study spaces with quiet and silent zones in all library facilities.
  • A variety of group study spaces including many with computers and productivity software are available in all library facilities for group use.
  • The Libraries have four classrooms dedicated to support library instruction.
  • Located in Lied Library, a Graduate Commons provides dedicated work and study space for graduate students to work independently or in groups.
  • In partnership with the Libraries, the Academic Success Center offers free tutoring on a drop-in basis for a variety of UNLV courses throughout the school year. For more information, visit the ASC Tutoring website at:
  • The Book ‘N Bean coffee shop is located in Lied Library.

Branch Libraries

Four branch libraries are part of the University Libraries.

  • The Architecture Studies Library provides access to resources and reference assistance in the areas of architecture, building and construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, and interior design in support of the academic needs of the School of Architecture. Visit the ASL online at:
  • Located in the northeast corner of the Beam Music Center, the Music Library houses a small music reference collection, more than 35,000 scores, and more than 13,000 recordings, DVDs, and other media in support of teaching, performances, and research for the School of Music. Visit the Music Library online at:
  • The Teacher Development & Resources Library (TDRL) supports the teacher education programs within the UNLV College of Education as well as P12 educators in the Las Vegas community. With more than 30,000 items across a wide range of collections (including children’s and young adult literature, professional materials for educators, graphic novels, P12 textbooks, and activity kits), the TDRL is a leading resource center for Southern Nevada’s education community. Students and Southern Nevada educators can engage with TDRL staff members to find solutions to their teaching/educational needs and take advantage of the variety of resources, services, and expertise the TDRL offers. Visit the library online at:
  • The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the newest branch library of the University Libraries and serves UNLV’s new School of Medicine as well as existing health sciences programs and students located at our Shadow Lane campus. The current HSL is located in two locations: 1) The Information Commons at Shadow Lane is reserved for medical school students, and 2) The library at 2040 West Charleston on the 5th Floor serves all other health sciences students, faculty, and staff of UNLV and health care practitioners in Southern Nevada. Visit the HSL online at:

Patent and Trademark Resource Center: The core mission and purpose of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is to support the development of intellectual property, and to increase the understanding of patents and trademarks by UNLV students. The PTRC, designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will achieve this mission and purpose by assisting inventors in researching and establishing intellectual property, and through providing educational workshops andone-on-one training on intellectual property.

University of Nevada Press: The University of Nevada Press publishes high-quality, deserving works that advance scholarly research, contribute to the understanding and appreciation of regional history and culture, and reach a wide range of academic and general readers. Publication is done in a fiscally responsible manner that reflects the highest editorial, design, and production standards.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): is a regional, nonprofit organization. Membership includes the 15 western states and the U.S. Pacific Islands and Freely Associated States. WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Its student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work allow it to assist constituents throughout the West and beyond.

Residents of WICHE states can gain affordable access to programs, states avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of programs and facilities, and colleges and universities can devote their resources to improving the quality of their educational offerings.

Young Rebels: Young Rebels is UNLV’s one stop shop for high-quality programming across multiple schools, colleges, and divisions bringing UNLV learning opportunities to the youth of Southern Nevada. Summer camps, science fairs, weekend programming and special events take place year-round on the UNLV campus helping students discover their passions while beginning to see themselves as a future university student. Students grades K - 12 will have the opportunity to explore options as diverse as mathematics, writing, nursing, robotics, and astronomy with prominent UNLV faculty and students. Academic programs can provide such programming with support in marketing, registration, and compliance monitoring.