State College and Universities

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

A Place Like No Other

Since our first classes were held on campus in 1957, UNLV has transformed itself from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution. Along the way, our urban university has become an indispensable resource in one of the country’s fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.

University of Nevada, Reno


Top tier. Top in research. Top in engagement.

Founded in 1874, the University was established as Nevada’s land-grant institution under the Morrill Act of 1862, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the University is recognized as a top National University by U.S. News & World Report, one of the country’s top research institutions by the Carnegie® Classification and a Carnegie® Engaged University.

Nevada State University

Nevada State University

Be bold. Be great. Be State.

At Nevada State, a teaching-focused university offering more than 70 high-demand majors and minors, we are inspired to provide life-changing educational opportunities for the diverse student population we serve. We invite you to learn more about our student support services and scholarships that await at Nevada State University.

Community Colleges

College of Southern Nevada


Your Future Starts Here

As the largest and most ethnically diverse college in Nevada, CSN is an affordable, collaborative and welcoming environment that allows all students to shine.

Great Basin College


The Gold Standard in the Silver state

GBC enriches people’s lives by providing student-centered, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. GBC students enjoy outstanding academic programs, smaller class sizes, and excellent faculty who really care about our students.

Truckee Meadows Community College


Northern Nevada’s Job College

TMCC prepares qualified students for jobs in industries right here in Nevada. In fact, 95% of our students remain in Nevada after completing their studies, helping to build and support our local community.

Western Nevada College


It’s All Here.

Western Nevada College is steeped with nearly 50 years of growth and educational excellence in Nevada. We are proud of the college’s academic rigor and personalized instruction taught by some of the very best faculty in the state.

Desert Research Institute

Desert Research Institute


More than 60 years of scientific discovery and innovation, in Nevada and around the world

Since 1959, the faculty, students, and staff at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) have advanced scientific knowledge to help solve pressing environmental challenges and improve human health and welfare.
With more than 400 employees, over 300 projects on all seven continents, and two world-class research campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI serves as one of the eight institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education.