University of Nevada-Reno.

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, NV4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Nevada-Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada, the University of Nevada, or UNR) is a public land-grant research university in Reno, Nevada. It was founded on October 12, 1874 in Elko, Nevada. It is home to the state's first medical school, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, with a campus in Nevada's major urban center in Reno and a health network that extends to much of rural Nevada. The medical school includes 16 clinical departments and five nationally recognized basic science departments. It is also home to the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, which has produced six Pulitzer Prize winners.The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, UNR spent $144 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 139th in the nation. The campus is home to the large-scale structures laboratory in the College of Engineering, which has put Nevada researchers at the forefront nationally in a wide range of civil engineering, earthquake and large-scale structures testing and modeling. The Nevada Terawatt Facility, located on a satellite campus of the university, includes a terawatt-level Z-pinch machine and terawatt-class high-intensity laser system – one of the most powerful such lasers on any college campus in the country.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 17,930 students
  • 0.23 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Nevada-Reno

Environmental Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Environmental Science, Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Business, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

8,557 students out of 9,721 applicants were accepted into University of Nevada-Reno. They had an average SAT score of 1165. 52% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 81% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Nevada-Reno was $21,788, while for in-state students it was $7,599. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $31,761.

The average financial aid at University of Nevada-Reno is $6,637. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $15,151 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Nevada-Reno

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

62% of undergraduate students at University of Nevada-Reno received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Nevada-Reno

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Nevada-Reno was of $10,940 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300.

Diversity at University of Nevada-Reno

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017