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University of Nevada, Reno: Narrative Description


Reno, NV 89557
Tel: (775)784-1110; (866)263-8232
Admissions: (775)784-4700
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University and Community College System of Nevada. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1874. Setting: 200-acre urban campus. Endowment: $143.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $59.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,195 per student. Total enrollment: 15,950. Faculty: 1,144 (697 full-time, 447 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 4,309 applied, 87% were admitted. Full-time: 9,838 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 2,686 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 70 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 2% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 17% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. State resident tuition: $2850 full-time, $95 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,524 full-time, $195 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $160 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $7385. College room only: $3990. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 130 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Asian-American Student Association, Ambassadors, Non-Traditional Student Union, The Alliance, Orvis Nursing Student Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, MacKay Days, Night of All Nations. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,763 college housing spaces available; 1,646 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Getchell Library plus 6 others with 1.1 million books, 3.3 million microform titles, 15,000 serials, 65,453 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 298 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

When Reno was laid out as a townsite in 1868, it was named in honor of Major General Jesse L. Reno, who died in the Battle of the South Mountain during the Civil War. Reno is situated on the Truckee River near the base of the Sierra Nevada and has a cool, dry climate. Mining, livestock raising, lumber products, agriculture and tourism are the important industries of the area. Part-time employment is available. The city has a number of parks with facilities for swimming, tennis and picnicking; within a 25 to 90 minute drive from Reno, winter sports are available at a number of major resorts. Annual events are the Reno Rodeo, Reno Balloon Race, Air Races, and Holiday Festival of Trees.

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