There are a lot of things that have to click to make a truly great university. At UNLV, the “Capital of Entertainment and Sports” meets a thriving research environment, top-tiered law school, new medical school, top-ranked business school and school of hospitality that sets the standard for all other programs. Students, staff and faculty who come to UNLV cite the university’s dynamic forward-thinking academic environment paired with the opportunities available in one of the nation’s most enterprising cities.
These are only a few of the UNLV academic programs achieving national and international recognition.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas is a Tier 1-R1 university, an institution with very high research activity as classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Ed. UNLV is the first school in Nevada with the distinction and is on a list of 120 schools with the rating that includes Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Tier 1 universities generally have $100 million in grants and contracts, award more than 200 doctorate degrees each year and have graduation rates above the national average of 55 percent.
The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law continues to show why it’s among the nation’s top public law schools, rising to 60th out of 193 accredited programs per the annual U.S. News & World annual list of top graduate and professional schools. For the fourth consecutive year, the school’s Lawyering Process Program ranked No. 1 nationally for legal writing, and the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution ranks 5th in the dispute resolution category.
The UNLV Lee Business School is in the top five percent of business schools worldwide. The school is one of 185 business colleges and schools to hold international dual accreditation in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting body for business and management education. Lee Business School is the only Nevada education institution to have a part-time MBA program ranked in the Top 100 by U.S. News & World Report.
The UNLV Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, located in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District, graduated its inaugural class in 2021. Construction on the school’s state-of-the-art new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2022. The five-story building will anchor the Las Vegas Medical District and will be home to UNLV’s academic health center, drawing together the schools of Dentistry, Integrated Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. The new facility also gives the medical school tremendous room to grow. The charter class of 60 students can be doubled once the building is completed. With about 2,000 applicants vying for 60 slots already, there’s no shortage of demand to swell those ranks.
The world-renowned UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is the ideal location for studying hospitality. The proximity to the best living laboratory in the world for hospitality education provides students with work opportunities and experience at just about any type of hospitality operation. Over 2300 students are enrolled in the college and 25 percent are international students from 49 different countries.
UNLV’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering’s Civil Engineering program was ranked between 150-200* out of 4000 programs internationally by the Shanghai Rankings Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Other UNLV programs ranked within their field’s top 100 by U.S. News & World Report include doctoral programs in public affairs (83), sociology (84), political science (89), and English (99). The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering had four disciplines ranked in the top 100, with aerospace studies (62), environmental engineering (83), and civil engineering (95) joining the nuclear engineering program (28th).