University of Nevada could refer to either of the two universities in the University of Nevada system: University of Nevada, Reno or University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and other institutions of higher learning.
Much like a corporate board of directors, Nevada’s Board of Regents governs the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Elected to serve a six-year term, the 13 Regents set policies and approve budgets for Nevada's entire public system of higher education: four community colleges, one state college, two universities and one research institute.
The eight institutions the Regents govern include: College of Southern Nevada; Desert Research Institute; Great Basin College; Nevada State College; Truckee Meadows Community College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Reno; and Western Nevada College. For fall semester 2009, more than 108,000 students were enrolled in these institutions.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
In 1951, when the post-World War II boom had swollen Las Vegas' metropolitan population to more than 50,000, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), established an extension program. Twenty-eight students began meeting for classes in the dressing rooms of Las Vegas High School's auditorium. In 1954, the Nevada Board of Regents founded the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada, popularly known as Nevada Southern. Students adopted the Rebel name and mascot to reflect their desire to break free from UNR. After Las Vegas residents exerted pressure, the regents decided to acquire land for a campus, finally selecting an 80-acre parcel along the two-lane dirt road known then as Maryland Parkway, now famously known as Las Vegas Boulevard, "The Strip".
On September 10, 1957, the first classes were held on campus in a new 13,000-square-foot building, and full accreditation was received the following year.
- More than 1,000 full-time faculty teach 28,000-plus students, including 6,000 graduate and professional students.
- At its 44th commencement in May 2007, the university had a record number of graduates, more than 2,700.
- In 2006, UNLV received more than $94 million in total extramural funding, with about $68 million supporting research.
- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed UNLV in the prestigious category of Research Universities with High Research Activity.
- UNLV's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Invent the Future, recently passed the $337 million mark.
- Students compete in 20 intramural sports and 16 sports at the NCAA/Division I intercollegiate level.
- The 350-acre campus includes branches specializing in biotechnology, dental medicine, and research and technology. In addition, UNLV recently established its first international campus in Singapore.
University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was founded in 1874 as the State University of Nevada in Elko, Nev., about 300 miles northeast of its present-day campus in Reno. The site for the university preparatory school in eastern Nevada (where no state institutions had previously been located) proved to be impractical, as nearly half of the state's residents lived in the Reno-Carson City area. In 1885, the legislature moved the University from Elko to Reno.
In 1891, 17 years after its founding, the University presented its first diplomas to a graduating class of three that included Frank Norcross, a future U.S. District Court Judge, Nevada Supreme Court Justice and member of the Nevada Legislature.
Nevada is now the fastest-growing state in the country, with its enrollment rising to nearly 17,000 students in fall 2009.
- Established: 1874
- Location: Reno, Nevada
- Motto: Omnia Pro Patria (“All for Our Country”)
- Students: 17,000 (in fall 2009)
- Faculty: 999
- Full-time faculty holding highest degrees in their fields: 93 percent
- Degrees offered: A comprehensive selection of degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.
- Colleges and schools: Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; Business; Education; Engineering; Journalism; Liberal Arts; Medicine; Graduate School; and the Division of Health Sciences.
- Mascot: Alphie, the wolf.
- Nickname: Wolf Pack
- Colors: Silver and Blue
- Accredited by: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (since 1938), plus 20 professionally accredited programs.