The University Community & Libraries
UNLV Mission Statement: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas-, is a research institution committed to rigorous educational programs and the highest standards of a liberal education. We produce accomplished graduates who are well prepared to enter the work force or to continue their education in graduate and professional programs. Our faculty, students, and staff enthusiastically confront the challenges of economic and cultural diversification, urban growth, social justice, and sustainability. Our commitment to our dynamic region and State centrally influences our research and education programs, which improves our local communities. Our commitment to the national and international communities ensures that our research and educational programs engage both traditional and innovative areas of study and global concerns. UNLV’s distinctive identity and values permeate a unique institution that brings the best of the world to our region and, in turn, produces knowledge to improve the region and the world around us.
UNLV is committed to and driven by these shared values that will guide our decision making:
- High expectations for student learning and success;
- Discovery through research, scholarship, and creative activity;
- Nurturing equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment;
- Social, environmental, and economic sustainability;
- Strong reciprocal, and interdependent relationships between UNLV and the region around us;
- An entrepreneurial, innovative, and unconventional spirit.
UNLV is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Each institution accredited by NWCCU established core themes as required by the accreditation standards.
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: The 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 108,000 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 28,000 students. Students attend classes at an attractive 332-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; the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business; Vice President for Advancement; Vice President for Diversity Initiatives and Government Affairs; Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Vice President for Student Affairs; General Counsel; and various deans, directors, and department chairs. The UNLV faculty plays an important policy-making role, with a faculty senate serving the institution. Students are represented on many of the institution’s committees.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is organized into the following academic units: the Colleges of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Honors, Hotel Administration, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Urban Affairs, the Academic Success Center, Schools of Business, Law, Dental Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences 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 high research activity 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, but it also 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 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 is committed to maintaining a campus environment that values that diversity. Accordingly, the university supports policies, curricula, and co-curricular activities that encourage understanding and appreciation of all members of its community and will not tolerate any harassment of or disrespect for persons because of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, 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 race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation. 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 race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation - 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 and may extend preference in initial employment to such individuals among substantially equally qualified candidates, as well as to veterans, Nevada residents, and current state employees seeking promotion.
This affirmation is published in accordance with 41 CFR 60 and is in keeping with Title VII & Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; 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
- All programs at UNLV are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
- UNLV’s international programs are approved by the Council on International Educational Exchange.
- B.S. and M.S. - Accounting
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- M.Arch. - Architecture
Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
- B.A., B.F.A., and M.F.A. - Art
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- B.S. - Athletic Training
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- B.S. and M.B.A. - Business Administration
B.A. - Economics
B.S. - Economics
M.A. - Economics
B.S. - Real Estate and Urban Economics
B.S. - Entrepreneurship
B.S. - Finance
B.S. - International Business
B.S. - Management
B.S. - Marketing
M.A. - Applied Economics
M.S. - MIS
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- B.S. - Computer Science
Accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- B.S. - Construction Management
Accredited by the American Council for Construction Education
- Didactic Program in Dietetics (part of the B.S. in Nutrition Sciences)
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the
American Dietetic Association
Post-Baccalaureate Dietetic Internship
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the
American Dietetic Association
- D.M.D. - Dental Medicine
Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
Residency - Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
M.Ed. - School Counseling
M.S. - Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
The following B.S. degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology:
- B.S. - Health Care Administration
Accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
- M.S. - Health Physics
Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology
- B.S. - Interior Architecture and Design
Accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation
- B.L.A.. - Landscape Architecture
Accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board
- J.D. - Law
Accredited by the American Bar Association
Member of the Association of American Law Schools
- M.S. - Marriage and Family Therapy
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy
Education of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
- B.A., B.M., M.M., D.M.A. - Music
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music
- B.S. - Nuclear Medicine
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear
- B.S.N., M.S.N. D.N.P. - Nursing
Accredited by the National League for Nursing
- D.P.T. - Physical Therapy
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology
Accredited by the American Psychological Association
- M.P.A. - Public Administration
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
- Certificate - Radiography
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Radiologic Technology
- B.S. Hospitality Management, minor in Professional Golf Management
Accredited by the Professional Golfers’ Association
- B.S.W. and M.S.W. - Social Work
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
- B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. - Theatre
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre
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.” Two of the university’s yearly series, the Charles Vanda Master Series and the Barrick Lecture Series, are extremely popular with students and community residents.
The Charles Vanda Master Series offers visiting performers of the caliber of Isaac Stern, Andre Segovia, the London Symphony, and Itzhak Perlman. 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 and Service Agencies
The university has more than 60 approved centers and institutes that conduct research or provide public service. For a current listing, visit www.unlv.edu/research/centers
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. Preschool.unlv.edu.
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. www.dri.edu
Division of Educational Outreach: The division is committed to meeting the educational needs of all learners and serves as UNLV’s main point of access for non-traditional students, particularly adult, senior and part-time learners. Drawing upon the expertise of UNLV’s outstanding academic and administrative faculty, along with experienced community members, innovative and comprehensive courses are offered for credit and non-credit. Students have the opportunity to gain professional certification, skill enhancement, and personal enrichment through face-to-face, online, and blended-learning formats. edoutreach.unlv.edu.
Division of Research and Economic Development: UNLV’s Division of Research and Economic Development 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 “open the doors” to research for all who wish to recognize their full creative and intellectual potential. http://www.unlv.edu/research/.
English Language Center: The English Language Center helps students make a smooth transition from their English as a second language courses to their academic studies within chosen degree programs at UNLV. In addition to a full schedule of credit classes, convenient schedules, and an advising program, the ELC offers students an opportunity to experience the language, culture, and people of the United States. http://www.unlv.edu/elc.
Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory - Las Vegas: UNLV is home to one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s major research centers. The laboratory’s mission is to carry out research on new and improved methods of collecting environmental data; to provide quality-assurance services for several of the agency’s monitoring programs; and to conduct monitoring operations of national scope with respect to the sources, transport pathways, and ultimate fate of selected pollutants of air, water, and land. The laboratory serves as headquarters for a wide variety of programs aimed at documenting natural and man-made environmental conditions. Through a cooperative agreement, substantial numbers of UNLV students and faculty collaborate with laboratory staff on research projects and in instructional activities.
Language Resource Center: The center supports the English Language Center and World Languages and Cultures in language instruction by providing computers, technical support, and a variety of multimedia tools to assist and enhance both classroom instruction and self-study by language students. The center also supports UNLV as an open lab available to all students, staff, and faculty.lrc.unlv.edu/.
Marjorie Barrick Museum: The Marjorie Barrick Museum 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. www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum.
UNLV Business Startup Center: The UNLV Business Startup Center seeks to provide small business development assistance to the local community and surrounding region and to serve the entrepreneurial needs of the campus community. The center 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 legal, regulatory, and business landscape. The UNLV Business Startup Center also seeks to network with members of a variety of local groups, including Chambers of Commerce, the tech community, and under-represented communities within the urban core. http://www.unlv.edu/research/business-startup.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities: Since 1993, students and faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact 702-895-5980.
Office of Information Technology: The office supports teaching, research, scholarly and creative production, and administration through the effective management and use of information technology resources. The services provided include development and support of applications and information systems; hardware and software maintenance, repair, and replacement in teaching and research facilities as well as student laboratories; assistance with the development of instructional programs that are less restricted by time and place than those delivered by traditional means; access to the latest in instructional technology; and access to research computing resources. Additional information about the Office of Information Technology can be found at http://oit.unlv.edu.
Office of Diversity Initiatives: The mission of the Office of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) is to provide leadership and support for UNLV’s diversity mission: to nurture equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment. ODI will accomplish this by facilitating policy creation and compliance; supporting strategies that enhance professional development, mentoring, recruitment and retention; as well as working in collaboration with campus and community partners to foster and encourage cultural competency. http://www.unlv.edu/diversityinitiatives.
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. http://summerterm.unlv.edu/
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 Libraries: The University Libraries support the UNLV community by embracing the traditional values of higher education adapted for the global community in the 21st century. Serving more than 27,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff, both on campus and at remote locations, the Libraries build collections; provide access to information and services supporting research, teaching, learning, and creative endeavors; and foster information literacy. The main Lied Library and three specialized branches – Architecture Studies, Curriculum Materials, and Music libraries – encompass 327,000 total square feet of space.
Library Resources & Services
- The RebelCard serves as a library card allowing book checkout and 24/7 access to online materials
- 2-hour textbook checkout for many general education courses
- Obtain materials not available on campus through Interlibrary Loan and Link+
- The Libraries’ collections reflect the broad range of UNLV’s academic programs. Open stacks areas for browsing the print collection of over one million volumes
- More than 650,000 electronic books
- Access to over 34,000 online and print journals and over 300 electronic databases, indexes, and other references sources
- Access to more than 1.5 million resources of microforms, videos, CDs, maps, and government documents
- A Special Collections department that 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 histories, films, maps, manuscripts, music scores, and architectural drawings (library.unlv.edu/speccol)
- Research assistance is available in a variety of ways: via text message, chat, email, by telephone, or in-person (library.unlv.edu/ask)
- A librarian with subject expertise for each discipline is available for in-depth research assistance
- Rebel Research Service: make an appointment with a librarian for research assistance with course- and degree-related projects and assignments (library.unlv.edu/consultation)
- More than 500 computers and laptops to access web-based information resources and productivity software
- Media Lab featuring specialized hardware and software to create multimedia projects and presentations
- Self-service printing and photocopy machines are available in the library
- More than 2,500 study spaces are available including individual study spaces with quiet and silent zones
- A variety of group study spaces including many with computers for group productivity
- Four classrooms that support library instruction
- Graduate Student Commons
- Book ‘N Bean - Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee shop
- The Architecture Studies Library provides collections and reference assistance in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, building sciences, and interior design
- The Curriculum Materials Library houses more than 30,000 items across a wide range of collections: children’s and young adult literature (fiction and non-fiction), professional materials for teachers, graphic novels, media, K-12 textbooks, activity kits, and more
- The Curriculum Materials Library supports the teacher education programs within the UNLV College of Education as well as K-12 educations in the Las Vegas community. Learning spaces include a teacher preparation room for the preparation of teaching materials
- The Music Library houses a music reference collection, more than 35,000 scores and over 12,000 recordings, DVDs, and other media. The Music Library supports research, teaching, and performances of the Music Department
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. www.unpress.nevada.edu/.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): WICHE aids residents in obtaining graduate and professional-level education in fields of study not available within the state. Currently, Nevada is active in the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program, the Western Regional Graduate Program, and the western Undergraduate Exchange Program. Support for the Professional Student Exchange Program is through legislative appropriation, and only a certain number of students are certified to receive WICHE funding in the fields of graduate library studies, optometry, and veterinary medicine. Supported fields are subject to change based on legislative action. Qualified residents are able to join residents of 11 other WICHE states in attending programs under the Western Regional Graduate Programs. Through reciprocity agreements among the states and cooperating institutions, students may participate in 90 master’s and doctoral degree programs with substantially reduced tuition. Brochures and information regarding these WICHE programs may be obtained by contacting the Graduate College at UNLV or by contacting Nevada WICHE; Gymnasium Room 107; University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557; telephone 775-784-4900.