Established in 1864, the same year Nevada was admitted into the Union, the University of Nevada first offered classes in Elko in 1874 as one of the few colleges in the intermountain west. In 1885, the University was moved to more densely populated Reno, where it has flourished since opening its doors in 1887.
The University is comprised of 12 colleges and schools offering more than 145 undergraduate majors and more than 100 graduate programs. Graduate-level training and research, including more than 40 doctoral-level programs, advance the University’s land-grant mission of learning, discovery and engagement for all students.
The University is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as “Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity, Balanced Arts and Sciences/Professions, High Graduate Coexistence Among Undergraduate Programs” and “Research Doctoral: Comprehensive Programs with Medical/Veterinary School.” These designations indicate that the University awards doctoral degrees in the humanities, the social sciences, and STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, as well as in medicine, with high research activity for an institution of its size. The University also offers master’s and professional practice/other doctoral degrees in other health professions, business, education, engineering, public policy and social work.
The University is committed to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.