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Campus Quality


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus quality is great. We have good facility such as the gym, library, SU, etc. They're good places to eat, study, and socialize.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus amenities are alright, the buildings are either brand new or really old. They are in the process of modernizing campus life, so it isn't that bad.

1 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's an asbestos building. Everything is ugly, except for the library and student union which is odd considering they're the newer buildings. I wish we had some nice, old architecture to look at and feel inspired by when, obviously, incompetent professors won't.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: One of my favorite things about UNLV is the Lied Library.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The SRWC and the library are my favorites and are two of the best designed buildings on campus. Gym access is free to all students and has four floors. First floor is all cardio equipment, racquetball, a lap/swimming pool and two basketball courts. Second floor has all weights and a great variety of machines with some cardio machines and studio rooms too (the deadlift area is ALWAYS busy in the afternoon). The third floor has a couple of basketball courts. The fourth floor has a track that overlooks campus. The library is amazing, but is usually packed.


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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 198 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 99 responses

  • 21% Premier UNLV
  • 13% UNLV Homecoming
  • 12% The Rebel Experience
  • 11% Party in the Pida (free stuff and free Caines)
  • 10% Just knowing I'm apart of something
  • 7% The Fremont Cannon
  • 6% Alternative Breaks
  • 5% None
  • 5% The Christmas songs around Xmas time played at 9am
  • 4% The Rebel Connection
  • 3% UnityFest
  • 2% DASH
  • 0% Geek Week

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 104 responses

  • 20% Read in the library
  • 19% Hangout with people
  • 15% GYM
  • 10% Football and basketball games
  • 8% Class, and study in the library
  • 7% Recreational excersize classes such as hip hop
  • 6% Play in the game lounge
  • 6% Workout at the recreation and wellness center
  • 4% Barrick Museum
  • 4% Racket Ball
  • 1% The graduate commons!!

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 102 responses

  • 48% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 43% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 196 responses

  • 22% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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