Local Atmosphere

Reno, NV
Tuition (in-state)
$20,512 ($6,602)
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are lots if things to do once you venture outside of the downtown scene.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Coming from a large city and moving to Reno, it was a big change. I learned to grow to love the tiny quirks of the town. I stay close to the school and found that the atmosphere is really friendly. I love the adults who have such a pride in the University. It is a laid back town filled with history and new adventures.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Reno is a 24 hour town with a lot of wonderful resturants and awesome nightlife. We have a AAA baseball team and are only a few hours away from San Francisco. We also live near Tahoe which has amazing summer and winter activities. After living here almost 20 years I could not imagne living anywhere else.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere dies down during the winter but picks up during the summer. There are always events taking place downtown during the summer. Whether it is something to do with the river or something going on in midtown. Downtown though is somewhere where people shouldn't be alone at night time. But during the day its a nice place to hang out with friends.The shopping is also fairy nice. There are a couple of malls spread throughout the town, that have a variety of different stores.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The overall feel of Reno is nice and quaint. There's a river downtown surrounded by a park which locals can enjoy. However, being "The Mississippi of the West" means that minority cultures, such as the black or latino community, aren't promoted as much and the cultures themselves are sadly heavily underrepresented.

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Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Reno is sometimes known as the divorce capital of the world.
  2. Reno is called "the biggest little city in the world."
  3. There are more than 80 parks in Reno.
  4. The University originally opened in Elko but relocated to Reno in 1885.
  5. It's against the law in Reno to place a bench in the middle of the street.
Local Slang
The Wal: Little Waldorf Saloon
Points of Interest
  • Downtown (casinos, restaurants, movie theaters)
  • Lake Tahoe Ski/snowboard resorts (Mt. Rose, Northstar, etc.)
  • Musems (art, cars, etc.)
  • Shopping (Meadowood mall, The Summit, Scheel's)

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 135 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 23% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 10% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 38% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 29% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 135 responses

  • 47% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 30% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 134 responses

  • 25% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 22% Totally.



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