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.