List of colleges and universities in Nevada

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This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Nevada. The higher education system of Nevada is composed primarily of public two and four-year institutions, private four-year institutions and two and four-year for-profit schools. The largest college in the state is the College of Southern Nevada with over 37,000 students.

The eight public institutions are under the control of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) (formerly the University and Community College System of Nevada "UCCSN") and are divided into comprehensive colleges and community colleges.[1] An unusual characteristic of the community colleges is that they award bachelor's degrees in recognition of the limited resources of the state.[2]

The oldest college in the state is the University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 in Elko, Nevada as a political compromise and later became a Morrill Act Land Grant institution.[2] Following a period of inactivity, the college was re-founded in Reno, Nevada in 1886. In 1951, an extension campus was created in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1957, the extension became the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.[3] In 1971, the College of Southern Nevada was founded to serve the growing population of Nevada. The most recent public college is Nevada State University in Henderson, Nevada, which was founded in 2002.

The private colleges of Nevada are divided into non-profit and for-profit institutions, with several branches of national for-profit institutions such as the University of Phoenix.

Public colleges and universities[edit]

Name Location Type Founded Enrollment[4] Notes
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas Four and Two year 1971 37,758 Founded as Clark County Community College, later renamed the Community College of Southern Nevada.
Desert Research Institute Reno and Las Vegas Graduate 1959 440 Degrees awarded through the University of Nevada, Reno.
Great Basin College Elko Four year 1967 3,436 Founded as Elko College, it was later renamed Northern Nevada College.
Nevada State University Henderson Four year 2002 3,390
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno Two year 1971 11,849 Split from Western Nevada College in 1979.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Paradise Four year 1957 28,515
University of Nevada, Reno Reno Four year 1874 21,353
Western Nevada College Carson City Two year 1971 4,820 Formerly known as Western Nevada Community College.

Private, nonprofit colleges and universities[edit]

Name Location Type Founded Enrollment[4] Notes
National University Henderson Four year 1971 487 California-based nonprofit providers of adult education. One of 28 locations in Western states.
Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson Four year 2001 671 Formerly known as Nevada College of Pharmacy, later changed to University of Southern Nevada. Most recent name change occurred in 2011 to reflect the university's large presence in Utah.
Sierra Nevada University Incline Village, Reno and Henderson Four year and Graduate 1969 833
Touro University Nevada Henderson Graduate 2004 1,378 Sister colleges are located in California and New York.
Wongu University of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Las Vegas Four year and Graduate 2012 671 A Las Vegas Oriental Medical University and Acupuncture School approved by the Nevada State Board of Oriental Medicine.

For-profit colleges and universities[edit]

Name Location Control Type Founded Enrollment[4] Notes
Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks For-profit Two year 1984 303
DeVry University Henderson For-profit Four year 1931 176
Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences Las Vegas For-profit Two year 1947 200
Northwest Career College Las Vegas For-profit Two year 1997 321
Pima Medical Institute Paradise For-profit Two year 2003 820
University of Phoenix Las Vegas For-profit Four year 1976 3,169

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NSHE Institutions". Nevada System of Higher Education. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Master Plan" (PDF). Nevada System of Higher Education. February 2, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 27, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "UNLV History". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "College Navigator". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 9, 2009.

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