Nevada Colleges & Universities

Nevada Colleges & Universities

Schools In Nevada

“The Silver State” may have relatively few colleges and universities, but it has a wide range of options for prospective students. The state is unique in many ways, including its college offerings. Unlike most states, Nevada has more for-profit institutions than it does public and private colleges and universities, combined. This makes the state a bit of a feeding ground for the amount of money flowing both in and out of the nation’s gambling hub. With a median average income that ranks 15th in the nation, it is no wonder that the state has attracted so many for-profit schools. However, the state itself has a fairly small population density (24.8 people per square mile) with a reasonably sized, yet quickly growing population of just under 3 million people.

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Despite its small size, there are 8 colleges in the state that fall under the Nevada System of Higher Education. This includes the state’s community colleges. The public colleges in the state include: Great Basin College, College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Nevada State College, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College. Unfortunately, only one of the colleges in the state has any ranking of significance. The University of Nevada, Reno is placed at #187 by the U.S. News and World Report for national universities.

The largest college in the state by enrollment is the College of Southern Nevada. It maintains an active enrollment of just under 38,000 students. The next closest enrollments can be found at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with around 28,000 students, followed by the University of Nevada, Reno with around 16,700 students. Interestingly, the College of Southern Nevada is the largest college in the state, but does not grant any 4-year degrees except for one: Dental Hygiene. The oldest college in the state, the University of Nevada, Reno, was established in 1874. It has a top-ranking business school, at around 21st in the nation.

Alongside its unique status as having more for-profit institutions than public and private, Nevada is unique in that it has two community colleges that grant 4-year Bachelor’s degrees. This is in part due to the relatively low number of non and non-for-profit colleges available in the state. The community colleges where at least one Bachelor’s degree can be obtained are: the College of Southern Nevada (one Bachelor’s degree program in Dental Hygiene) and Western Nevada College (one Bachelor’s degree in Technology). Great Basin College was originally established as a community college, and is still classified as a two-year degree institution. However, it offers 13 Bachelor’s degrees, including some unique degrees, such as a Bachelor’s in Land Surveying/Geomatics.

As stated, the for-profit schools in the state outnumber the not-for-profit and nonprofit public schools. The for-profit schools in the state consist of: the Career College of Northern Nevada, DeVry University, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences in Henderson, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences in Las Vegas, International Academy of Design and Technology, ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan College, Everest College, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas, Morrison University, Prima Medical Institute, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, and the University of Phoenix. The largest of these is the University of Phoenix, which has an average annual cost slightly above the national average (around $18,000), a graduation rate significantly lower than the national average (16%) and anpost-graduation salary well above the national average at $53,400.

Prospective students will find that most colleges in the state are at or above the national average for tuition costs. This is mostly due to the large number of for-profit colleges in the state, many of which have relatively low post-graduation salary rates. The U.S. Department of

Education’s college scorecard shows that that best college for the money in the state may be The University of Phoenix, followed by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada, Reno. The private, nonprofit colleges in the state (National University, Sierra Nevada College, Touro University Nevada, Roseman University of Health Sciences and Wongu University of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture) are either too new to have data on them, or offer very little value for the money.

Nevada Traditional Colleges

Nevada State College

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Sierra Nevada College

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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University of Nevada, Reno

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Nevada Community Colleges

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Deep Springs College


Truckee Meadows Community College

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Nevada – Career, Trade, & Vocational Schools

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Green Valley

Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences

Academy of Healing Arts

Air Conditioning Technical Institute

Apollo CollegeArt Institute of Las VegasAveda Institute

Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences

Heritage College

High Tech Institute

International Academy of Design and Technology

Kaplan College

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Nevada School of Massage Therapy

Northwest Health Careers

University of Phoenix

Las Vegas

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Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences

DeVry University

Keller Graduate School of Management

Las Vegas College

Lincoln College of Technology

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Milan Institute

Online Degrees and Programs In Nevada

While there are few unique online degree programs available in the state of Nevada, the state’s higher education authority is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). This collection of states offers up their core online degree programs to each other, allowing students in public universities in the member states to take coursework at other member institutions across the country. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education signed the agreement, bringing in eleven states with them: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. This nationwide initiative makes distance education an easier, more accessible and collaborative process for the states involved. Currently, 29 states have signed on to SARA, through 4 different regional governing bodies: Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Within the state, the highest ranked programs can be found at Western Nevada College, the College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College, and both University of Nevada campuses. Each of these offers some form of Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, with a few graduate degrees available. In all, there are 18 accredited schools in the state that offer online degree programs, with the University of Phoenix offering the most programs across a variety of fields.

The College of Southern Nevada offers many of its Associate’s degrees completely online, as well as its Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene degree. Some of the more unique programs offered through the school are Associate of Applied Sciences degrees in Ophthalmic Dispensing, Casino Management and International Languages. The University of Nevada, Reno offers over 200 online courses it its 22,000 students, allowing them to earn credits toward multiple degrees. This also includes four Master’s degree programs in education, one in Justice Management, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.