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University of Nevada - Reno Data & Information Overview

653 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
87% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Nevada - Reno Ranked?

#320 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in NV
Adult Literacy Tutor/Instructor Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Nevada - Reno was awarded 653 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is adult literacy tutor/instructor.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UNR as #320 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UNR held the #446 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UNR also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Nevada ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UNR?

87% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
42% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 87%, some consider UNR to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 42% of students accepted to UNR submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 530 to 630 )
UNR received ACT scores from 77% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Nevada - Reno  ( 20 to 26 )

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University of Nevada - Reno Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
98% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Nevada - Reno, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Nevada - Reno is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Nevada - Reno

80% Freshmen Retention
29% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Nevada - Reno has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from UNR have a four-year graduation rate of 29%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  29 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Nevada - Reno.

University of Nevada - Reno Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,323 Full-Time Undergraduates
43.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 16,845 undergraduates at UNR with 14,323 being full-time and 2,522 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Nevada - Reno Cost?

$14,930 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
$27,644 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UNR is $14,930. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UNR

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,795 $12,399 $15,106 $17,907 $19,631

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UNR, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNR, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $6,911 a year. That adds up to $27,644 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNR is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UNR Graduates Make?

$55,360 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UNR make about $55,360 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UNR graduates since it is 30% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at University of Nevada - Reno make the most money.

Location of University of Nevada - Reno

Nevada State
14,323 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of Nevada - Reno is a public institution situated in Reno, Nevada. Reno is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for UNR are given below.

Contact Details
Address: North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-784-1110

University of Nevada - Reno Majors

81 Majors With Completions
4,079 Undergraduate Degrees
1,067 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 81 majors graduated from University of Nevada - Reno. Of these students, 4,079 received undergraduate degrees and 1,067 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health Sciences & Services 381 $33,211
General Psychology 210 $28,592
Marketing 192 $37,886
General Biology 178 $28,742
Criminology 171 $34,411
Nursing 167 $69,757
General Business/Commerce 156 $41,458
Mechanical Engineering 155 $61,173
Finance & Financial Management 136 $44,195
Journalism 124 $33,582

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Nevada - Reno along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UNR

27% Take At Least One Class Online
6% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 5,598 students took at least one online class at University of Nevada - Reno. This is an increase from the 5,018 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,598 1,299
2018-2019 5,018 1,066
2017-2018 4,661 955
2016-2017 4,692 820
2015-2016 4,687 616

Learn more about online learning at University of Nevada - Reno.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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