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Location
Las Vegas, NV
Undergrads
15,885
Tuition (in-state)
$20,615 ($6,705)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload can be overwhelming at times depending on the professor.

3 College Senior

Academics: Pretty average. I hate that some classes are taught by graduate +students and many times us students do not learn anything.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Pretty great teachers. You have the equipment. The only drawback is that we don't have wide format printers inside of the classroom.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They have the student union which has 3 floors. They also have many places if you want private study time. Registration process is great... they work with you and help. Academic are grateful they have a site to go to to join any academic, or club you want. You can read about them, see who's the member are and so on.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: For what ever major you are going for they have a Web site for jobs for u to get the experience or for your internship. You can talk with your counselor with any help. Counselors will give you a packet of the classes you need to complete your major and graduate. This way you know in advance what you need so you don't get confused.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 87th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 350th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 654th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1150th
    Best Registration Process
  • 1250th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meryl Manaog
Hometown
Las Vegas, NV
Major
Marketing/Film minor
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As always, college is what you make of it. You can scrape by with a C learning virtually nothing, or you can try your best for the highest grades you can get, which is rewarding. Most instructors are, for the most part, friendly, approachable, and willing to help students with any problems. As in any school, there are a few instructors that are teaching purely for the résumé enhancer, but these teachers are few and far between. Regardless, even these instructors are accessible for help. UNLV has many teachers who are, or have been, professionals in the field they are teaching, which is helpful because they can teach from experience, not just from a textbook. These people provide great role models for the students eagerly (or fearfully) awaiting their entry into the ominous real world. They also make good résumé references, especially because they are respected in the field they are teaching—usually.

Officials at UNLV have recently taken on the role of turning UNLV into a research university, with the goal of becoming a Doctoral/Research Extensive institution by 2010. They’ve made recent steps toward this with the addition of the desert research program and new science facilities. Eventually, UNLV will be rid of remedial classes, bringing the school closer to its research-oriented goal. However, as the classes are a large source of income for the University, the transition might take a while.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
780
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
622
Total FT Faculty
780
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$91,325
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
48%
Graduation Rate
41%
Programs/Majors Offered
135
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 50%
  • 50 or More Students: 13%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies
  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Affairs
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • William S. Boyd School of Law
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Hospitality Management: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Architecture Studies Library
  • Lied Library
  • Music Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Apply for scholarships. Some of the scholarships offered in a certain major are barely advertised, and thus not applied for. You can sometimes get these just by applying, as you might be the only applicant.
  • Before you take eight one-credit athletic classes, make sure your major allows it. In some majors, you can only get four athletic credits toward your major. The rest will be wasted.
  • Don't procrastinate.
  • Double check your graduation packet to make sure all classes have been applied to the correct category. If you took anything out of the ordinary, there will probably be misplaced classes in your graduation packet.
  • File for graduation one year prior to your expected graduation date.
  • If a class is full, try daily to get into it; someone might have dropped it.
  • If you aren't sure what you want to major in, take general courses first. Many people start with required classes for what they might major in and then change their minds after the first year and have to start all over again. If you are wishy washy about your major, take general courses and just one of the major's required classes to see how you like the subject. If you decide the major's not for you, the one class you took can be filed under electives, and you won't be a year or a semester behind.
  • Leave your house early to find a parking spot. It always takes longer than you expect to find an opening.
  • Look in the catalog to see what classes cover more than one requirement. For example, an English class might cover English and multicultural requirements. You still need to take the same amount of overall credits, but more of them can be fun classes.
  • Look up your professors at www.ratemyprofessor.com.
  • Make your experience a valuable one by getting to know people by networking, finding study buddies, and making life-long friends.
  • Make yourself known to all your teachers. Participate in class or stay after class to ask a question or introduce yourself. Act interested in the subject; many people aren't interested in what the teacher is saying, and he/she will be enthused if someone actually looks like they care. Come grading time, if you are borderline between an A and a B, the teacher will remember you and how much you participated and might lean toward the better grade. Also, if the instructor hears of an internship or job opportunity of some kind, they will likely tell you about it first.
  • Meet with your counselor every semester, or at least every year, to make sure you are on the right track. Make the appointment early, because counselors usually have a month-long waiting list.
  • Sign up for your classes the day registration is open to you. Many people sign up for classes right before school starts, and all the classes they want are full.
  • Start taking the required classes for your major your sophomore year, and try to be almost done with them your junior year. Many people complain that it took five years to graduate because when they signed up for their remaining six (or so) required classes their senior year, the classes were already full. If you are almost done with all of them by the beginning of your senior year, you will graduate on time, as long as you took the correct number of credits every semester.
Did You Know?
UNLV is home to Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, political activist, and the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner for literature. He was the first African to be awarded the prestigious award.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 25% Jimmy Kimmel - comedian and talk show host
  • 17% Guy fieri
  • 11% Ronnie Vannucci - drummer for the band The Killers
  • 10% Larry Johnson - NBA player
  • 8% Greg Anthony - NBA player
  • 6% Anthony E. Zuiker - creator/executive producer, "CSI"
  • 6% Anthony Bennett - NBA player
  • 5% Suge Knight - Death Row artist and co-founder
  • 5% Randall Cunningham - former NFL quarterback
  • 5% Eric Whitacre - Composer
  • 2% Kenny Mayne - ESPN SportsCenter anchor
  • 0% Elizabeth Muto - Miss Black USA

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 101 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 96 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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