2023 Best Colleges and Universities in Nevada

With only thirteen institutions of higher education, Nevada, the Silver State, has fewer public and private universities per capita than any other state in the country. Nevada also has just as many for-profit schools as it does traditional campuses of higher education. 

Let’s take a look at the 2022 best colleges and universities in Nevada.

University of NevadaReno – This university is ranked #201 in the nation, and it’s a top public school known for its business program and engineering program. The University of Nevada-Reno was the first public university in the state and boasts a tremendous research portfolio. This school also enrolls the most National Merit Scholars. Annual tuition and fees run approximately $7,925.

These next universities are not ranked, but they offer unique programs that have earned recognition. 

University of Nevada-Las Vegas – UNLV is recognized for its business program and engineering program (doctorate). Not surprisingly, their hospitality program is considered the best in the nation. Other recognized programs include creative writing, law, and entertainment engineering. This campus also has a Center for Gaming Research. Annual tuition and fees run approximately $7,300.

Sierra Nevada College –  This private liberal arts school has an enrollment of fewer than 1,100 students. One of the most popular majors at this college is Ski Business and Resort Management, and Sierra Nevada is one of only four institutions of higher education that offers a degree in snow-related hospitality and recreation. Annual tuition and fees are $32,639.

College of Southern Nevada –  This school is the most ethnically diverse college in Nevada. Southern Nevada has a 23:1 student:faculty ratio, an outstanding baseball team, and campuses in three locations in the state. Tuition and fees here are less than $3,500 per year.

Great Basin College – Located in Elko, Great Basin offers associate and bachelor degrees for students interested in business and business administration, computer technologies, education, health sciences, human and social services, arts and sciences,  and industry. Tuition and fees are $3,015 annually.

Nevada State College – Nebraska State is the college of choice for 4,216 students. This school offers 30 majors, 21 minors, and seven programs of study. Tuition and fees here are $5,131 annually.

Nevada participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange for students interested in programs of study in sixteen Western states and U.S. territories.  The program is helpful for students who might not otherwise have access to their chosen majors at a school in their home state.

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