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    Top Colleges in Nevada

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 7th, 2024

    Nevada has many great college options for students. Check out our list below to compare colleges in Nevada by admissions rate, size, cost, and graduation rate. And remember, Nevada is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange, so students from partner states can receive discounted tuition at public Nevada institutions!

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    University of Nevada-Reno

    Reno, NV • Public, City

    Reno, NV

    Public, City

    88% acceptance rate
    16,274 undergraduate students
    63% graduation rate
    $14,953 average per year after aid
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    University of Nevada-Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, NV • Public, City

    Las Vegas, NV

    Public, City

    83% acceptance rate
    24,835 undergraduate students
    47% graduation rate
    $12,906 average per year after aid
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    Great Basin College

    Elko, NV • Public, Town

    Elko, NV

    Public, Town

    --% acceptance rate
    1,953 undergraduate students
    44% graduation rate
    $7,758 average per year after aid
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    Nevada State College

    Henderson, NV • Public, Rural

    Henderson, NV

    Public, Rural

    79% acceptance rate
    4,110 undergraduate students
    29% graduation rate
    $14,305 average per year after aid
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    Western Nevada College

    Carson City, NV • Public, City

    Carson City, NV

    Public, City

    --% acceptance rate
    2,010 undergraduate students
    29% graduation rate
    $10,637 average per year after aid
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    College of Southern Nevada

    Las Vegas, NV • Public, City

    Las Vegas, NV

    Public, City

    --% acceptance rate
    27,817 undergraduate students
    16% graduation rate
    $6,904 average per year after aid
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    Roseman University of Health Sciences

    Henderson, NV • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Henderson, NV

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    --% acceptance rate
    559 undergraduate students
    --% graduation rate
    -- average per year after aid
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    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    State grants in Nevada

    Silver State Opportunity Grant:

    The Silver State Opportunity Grant is a need based program for low income Nevada students. The awards for the grant will be based on the total cost of attendance, Student Aid Index (SAI), other federal awards the student has won, and living circumstances such as living on or off campus. Students must be attending a Nevada System of Higher Education community college or state college in order to be eligible. 

    Nevada Promise Scholarship (NPS):

    The Nevada Promise Scholarship (NPS) is a program made to encourage Nevada residents to attend community college by providing financial assistance for up to three years of school. This program even takes into account things like cost of registration and other mandatory fees.  

    Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship: 

    The Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship is a merit based scholarship for high achieving Nevada scholars. Considerations that go into determining winners include:

    • The courses taken throughout the students academic career
    • The student’s GPA
    • Test scores (ACT/SAT)
    • Student is attending a state college or university 

    Nevada tuition reciprocity agreements

    Nevada is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). This exchange program gives students the opportunity to pay discounted tuition by attending participating institutions in partner states. 

    States in the WUE are listed below:

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    Frequently asked questions about colleges in Nevada

    What is the hardest college in Nevada to get into?

    The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Nevada is Nevada State College, with an acceptance rate of 79%. One thing that’s important to remember though is that just because a school has a lower acceptance rate, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a “better” school.

    Does Nevada have tuition reciprocity?

    Yes! Because Nevada is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), students from Nevada or partner WUE states can attend an out of state school in the WUE for discounted tuition.

    Why should I study in Nevada?

    There’s plenty more to Nevada than its big city, Las Vegas, which is known for its bright lights and performances. A fun fact about Nevada is that it is both the most mountainous state in the US, as well as the driest. That means Nevada has both desert landscapes, as well as beautiful mountain ranges. And if you’re an equestrian you’ll be happy to know it has the largest population of wild horses in the US. There is also a wide range of things to study in Nevada, with its schools offering majors like Business, Psychology, or even Firefighting. 

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