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

Undergraduate Application Requirements

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. The deadline for priority consideration for financial aid is November 1 for fall semesters. Visit https://www.unlv.edu/admissions/first-year 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 https://www.unlv.edu/admissions/transfer. Students are encouraged to apply well before the posted dates.

All applicants for admission shall complete such tests and furnish such information as required by the regulations published in this Catalog as of the semester of their initial enrollment. (See NSHE Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 5). 

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 coursework 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 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 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 may 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 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 the 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 (See NSHE Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 8): 

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 the 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 in the English section.
  • SAT test score of 480 on reading/writing.
  • Duolingo score of 95.
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) score of B2.
  • English Language Services (ELS) score of 109.
  • Equivalent scores on other selected English proficiency exams approved by the Office of Admission.
  • 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. 

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.

3. Copy of passport with all identifying information clearly displayed.

4. 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, certificate programs, or for non-degree-seeking courses taken.