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International Profile

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is a mid-sized public institution with more than 145 degree programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

From expertise in earth sciences to demonstrated success in journalism, Nevada degrees open the door to a world of exceptional opportunities. Nevada’s programs in clinical psychology, environmental engineering, earth science, civil engineering, and speech pathology are ranked in the top 100 “best schools” in U.S.News & World Report. Nevada’s research programs in agriculture, environmental sciences, physics, and biology are ranked in the top 100 of the National Science Foundation’s 400 best programs. The University is considered a top-tier institution, which puts it among the best 200 national universities in the United States, and is also a top 100 public university. For other points of Nevada pride, go to

The University of Nevada, Reno is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, plus 20 professionally accredited programs. 

The University has on-campus housing available with a comprehensive meal plan, and there are many opportunities for students to engage in enrichment experiences. Regardless of the field of study, students report that they are able to connect with faculty and feel that the campus community offers a friendly, safe, supportive, and caring atmosphere.

Why should international students select our school?
Strong academic reputation: ranked as Tier I among “America’s Best National Universities” by U.S.News & World Report.
Hands-on research: Ph.D. professors regularly teach undergraduate students and invite them to research labs or internships. 
Great place to live: ranked Reno in its “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in the United States with unlimited outdoor activities, a thriving arts scene, and affordable housing options.
Affordable: Nevada offers an affordable education at a quality university.

Scholarship requirements
Nevada provides high-quality education at a competitive price with a variety of funding opportunities. Undergraduate scholarships and graduate assistantships (teaching or research) are merit based.
New/Transfer Student Scholarships and International Awards are offered to full-time international undergraduate students in F-1 or J-1 status from the Office of International Students and Scholars (
• Graduate assistantships are valued at over $33,600 and include a monthly stipend of $1,500, a per-credit grant-in-aid, health insurance, and in-state resident status for tuition purposes.




The Nevada campus is located in the beautiful mountainous city of Reno, with a population of 450,000 people. The Reno/Tahoe International airport is just under 15 minutes from campus, allowing students from all over the world the ability to travel with ease. Just 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe and a four-hour drive from San Francisco, Reno is ideally located for enjoying and exploring the West.


Type of University: Highly ranked as a top-tier public comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate, and intensive English programs; established in 1874 as Nevada’s first university

Size of Campus:
200 acres/80 hectares in Reno, Nevada; 350 kilometers from San Francisco; 40 minutes by car from Lake Tahoe

Number of Students:
21,000, including 17,000 undergraduates and 600 international

Number of Faculty:
913 academic and research faculty

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
Nine academic schools and colleges, including the arts, biological and environmental sciences, business, education, health sciences, language and communication, mathematics, computing, engineering, physical and earth sciences, social sciences, and humanities

Top 10 Majors:
• Business Administration and Management
• Civil Engineering
• Chemistry
• Computer Science and Engineering
• Physics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Psychology
• Mathematics
• Biochemistry

Geographic Diversity:
The student body represents 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries from around the world.

International Student Services: The Office of International Students and Scholars offers support for applications, arrival, orientation, cultural activities, advising, housing, and financing a Nevada education. The Intensive English Language Center provides conditional admission at the undergraduate level and for select graduate programs. Instruction is available from beginning to advanced by highly qualified instructors trained with advanced degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language.

International Student Budget:
The 2015–2016 amount required to demonstrate availability of funds for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility is $33,600, including tuition and fees of $20,000/year.

Financial Aid: Some merit-based awards are available to international students who begin studies in the fall and spring semesters.

Test Score Requirements:
SAT or ACT scores are only required for freshman scholarship consideration and must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Nevada considers SAT combined Math and Critical Reading scores only. TOEFL (61 iBT) or (IELTS 6) are required to determine English proficiency unless from a school teaching predominantly in English. Students with low English scores or no scores can still be conditionally admitted to the University but will be required to participate in the Nevada Intensive English Language program.

Application Deadlines and Fees: The fall application and credential priority date is February 1. Late applications are accepted until April 7. There is a $95 application fee.