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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are usually very helpful however sometimes you get a professor that may try to subtly inject their own beliefs onto you. curriculum is okay, my personal favorite was in English 102 which focused on controversy and the professor let you write on any controversy you wanted and on any side, it was a refreshing break from being forced to take a position or point of view. The registration process is easy however, one has to be proactive since classes can fill up rather quickly. Workload all depends on the classes picked. The library is a great place to study as it just feels right, there isn't enough noise to disturb but enough to be a comfortable background noise and there are public computers as well as other learning aids like models of bones or whiteboards.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Academics at UNLV is great.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered are great. The professors always give feedback in ways to improve and are approachable if the student needs help. The curriculum is great and there are advisers who help establish a student's curriculum, making it easier to know which classes to take. The registration process is very simple to do. I was sent emails promptly, indicating the steps to take in order to be successfully registered. The workload, although may seem like a lot sometimes, it is given in a timely manner and if needed help, there's always workshops or other services such as tutoring which can help with the assignments. It is all of a matter of searching in order to make the most of the services offered, because if needed then they will be there.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Its all the way you manage your schedule and show interest in all your classes. Its all up to you, but for me I'm doing pretty good for my first semester.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are great and diverse.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 234 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 159 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 158 responses

  • 8% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 44% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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