Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission 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 (see NSHE Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 5).

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 requirments 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 at 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. 

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:

  •    A combination of test scores and grade point average that indicate potential for success.
  •    Special talents and/or abilities such as, but not limited to, the visual or performing arts or athletic abilities.
  •    Other evidence of potential for success.
  •    Improvement in the high school record.
  •    Overcoming adversity or special hardship.
  •    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.