Find the Best Colleges in Nevada
Ready for a bachelor degree? Three public schools in Nevada offer four-year degree programs. The oldest is the University of Nevada, which was founded in Reno in 1874. The University of Nevada in Las Vegas opened next in 1957. The state’s third four-year college, Nevada State College, opened in the Las Vegas metropolitan area in 2002.
For two-year associate degrees Nevada has four community colleges. Truckee Meadows Community College serves the Reno area, Great Basin College serves northeastern Nevada, and Western Nevada College serves students in the northwest. The fourth school, the College of Southern Nevada, is the third-largest community college in the US.
Geography might not matter; the public colleges and most private Nevada colleges offer online learning. Find your best options statewide with our college stats search tool. For a more comprehensive list of non-Nevada colleges, start here.
Nevada College Overview
Here’s a wide-angle view of the college landscape to help with your search.
- Nevada colleges are low priced for in-state students. At UNLV, for example, undergrads pay less than $5500/year for tuition. For community colleges in Nevada a resident can expect to pay less than $3000/year for tuition. Prices for two-year and four-year programs are up to three times higher for out-of-state residents.
- Online learning tends to be strong in sparsely populated states, and Nevada is a fine example. Look for online degree programs from Nevada’s public universities, community colleges and private schools.
- Study across state lines in person or online. Besides getting special rates for in-state schools, Nevada residents can get tuition deals at more than 150 out of state colleges through the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Choose from some of the best colleges in California, Colorado and other western states.