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.