Las Vegas, NV
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4 College Junior

Facilities: I would like more green lawn and comfortable places to hang out - outdoors and indoors. Wish there were more activities not involving sports.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I like the athletic centers, they are exceptionally amazing.

5 College Senior

Facilities: You're in Vegas! Everyday is a party day.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The academic programs are highly ranked, and proven to be helpful in the successive of students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Best Library
  • 67th
    Best Student Centers
  • 98th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 408th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 466th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meryl Manaog
Las Vegas, NV
Marketing/Film minor
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UNLV is a fairly new school compared to other more established universities, and it shows. A few of UNLV’s buildings look like they were built when the school was founded in 1957, but rather than adding character, they look worse for wear. Grant Hall, which was built in 1959, is especially pathetic. The good news is that a lot of money has been put into renewal efforts. School officials are slowly updating amenities such as furniture and technology, to freshen up the campus. The new student union, Recreation and Wellness Center, and updated Lied Library are all hits with the students. UNLV’s master plan has a list of future renovation projects and additions, which includes five much-anticipated parking garages already in construction.

UNLV’s main campus is landlocked. It makes the administration more efficient in its planning, but it also means there cannot be any drastic increases in campus size. The dental school is located away from campus, and UNLV officials are planning to expand the main campus to the north side of the Las Vegas Valley, but by the time that’s built, you’ll have long since graduated.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
337 acres
Student Centers
Donald C. Moyer Student Union (MSU)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Architecture Studies Library
  • Curriculum Materials (Education) Library
  • Lied Library
  • Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • CBC Plaza
  • The grassy areas on campus
  • Lied Library
  • Pida Plaza
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Book `n Bean in Lied Library
  • Café á la Carte in the Frank and Estella Beam Building
  • Starbucks in the Moyer Student Union
Movie Theater on Campus
There is a theater in the Student Union (MSU) that plays movies just before they're released to DVD. Showings are free and held one Friday a month at 7 p.m., and include water and popcorn. Just keep an eye out for the fliers.
School Slang
  • FDH: The Flora Dungan Humanities building
  • Free Speech Zone: A designated area on campus where people can make speeches, saying whatever they want, even if they are not UNLV students
  • MSU: The Moyer Student Union
  • UNLV Alphabet: Learn the UNLV alphabet. Like FDH and MSU, there's an abbreviation for every building.
  • The Fremont Cannon: A trophy won by the winner of the UNLV vs. UNR (University of Nevada, Reno) annual football game. The tradition, which began three decades ago, has become a battle for Nevada. Being Nevada's only two universities, UNLV and UNR are long-time rivals. The UNLV-UNR football game is a major event.
  • Premier UNLV: Premier UNLV is designed to welcome new and returning students to campus. Free food and fight song T-shirts are given out while live music plays in the background. After athletic teams are introduced and a welcome back address is given, students form the letters UNLV and shine flashlights to create the annual premier UNLV photograph.
  • The Rebel Connection: The Rebel Connection Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is UNLV's welcome program designed to help new and current students, families, and staff ease into the new academic year. WOW includes orientation and signature events centered around campus life, resources, and campus traditions.
  • The Rebel Experience: This is UNLV's official tailgate party, which premiered in 1997 with 30,000 fans. The UNLV marching band and cheerleaders, along with other special groups perform, making the Rebel Experience a memorable one.
  • UnityFest: UnityFest is a week of events celebrating diversity. Entertainers, programs, and cultural experiences help to increase cultural awareness of students, faculty, and staff.
  • UNLV Homecoming: Homecoming welcomes UNLV alumni back home by bringing alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters together to celebrate traditions, pride, friendships, and experiences of UNLV life.
Urban Legends
  • It is also rumored around the country (apparently) that Las Vegans live in hotels. This is just a rumor.
  • It is suspected that the grounds workers dye the grass green to satisfy Nevada college requirements. Hey, it saves water.
  • Some former Tonopah residents swear there is a Tonopah ghost, which they nicknamed Tony.
  • Some people believe that you can periodically see UFOs flying in the Luxor beam.
  • The 74,000-pound upside-down flashlight erected by Claes Oldenburg in 1981 is rumored to have originally been upright, but having a beam so powerful, it distracted planes and had to be flipped over. That had to have been a powerful light to cause more of a ruckus than the bright blue beam of the Luxor Hotel, which is close to McCarran Airport.
Favorite Things To Do
As a rule, most students don't hang out on campus. Those who do go to the MSU where students like to play pool, table tennis, and arcade games, hang out on the numerous couches and at Starbucks, or attend a lecture in the theatre. Students also like to work out or enjoy a smoothie at the Recreation and Wellness Center. Also, there's an event every month at the SU called Rebels After Dark. Bands and comedians are invited to perform, and students come to watch, play videogames together, make crafts, eat, and socialize. Escape the heat inside the MSU, watch sporting events, go to concerts and other events in the Thomas & Mack Center, write for UNLV’s newspaper (The Rebel Yell) or other UNLV publications, submit literature or artwork to UNLV’s creative magazine (Vagus Nerve), play tennis, work out in the gym, swim, join a team, play games in the game room, watch lecturers brought to campus by the Barbara Greenspun Lecture Series and the Barrick Lecture Series, or go to see perfomers at the Charles Vanda Master Series.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
In 1964, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret danced in the university's original gym in a famous scene from the film Viva Las Vegas.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 107 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 17% UNLV Homecoming
  • 13% The Rebel Experience
  • 13% Premier UNLV
  • 13% Just knowing I'm apart of something
  • 10% Party in the Pida (free stuff and free Caines)
  • 10% The Christmas songs around Xmas time played at 9am
  • 7% UnityFest
  • 7% The Fremont Cannon
  • 3% The Rebel Connection
  • 3% DASH
  • 3% None

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 30% Read in the library
  • 26% Hangout with people
  • 17% Football and basketball games
  • 13% Recreational excersize classes such as hip hop
  • 4% The graduate commons!!
  • 4% Barrick Museum
  • 4% Racket Ball

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 29% Student Union
  • 25% The grassy areas on campus
  • 21% Lied Library
  • 7% CBC Plaza
  • 7% Pida Plaza
  • 7% Outdoor tables in the common areas
  • 4% BMC

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 12 responses

  • 38% Anything that's on campus.
  • 38% Library
  • 8% Language Resource Center
  • 8% None
  • 8% OIT

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 31% Starbucks
  • 31% None
  • 23% Retail
  • 8% Hotel
  • 8% Library

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 126 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 4% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 31% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 65% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 115 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 19% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Tonopah gost by the name of Tony
  • 40% The hangover... it's vegas baby!


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