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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Nevada

3 Colleges
$25,633 Avg Cost*
4.6 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Value Nevada Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 3 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Nevada. This ranking doesn't just identify the colleges with the lowest costs. Rather, it highlights those institutions that offer excellent educational experiences for a lower cost than other schools of roughly the same caliber. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Nevada

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Our analysis found University of Nevada - Reno to be the best school for overall value in Nevada in this year’s ranking. Located in Reno, Nevada, the large public school awarded 4,101 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UNR to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,674. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNR is $99,484. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

UNR also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges in Nevada rankings.

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#2

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Out of the 3 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Nevada - Las Vegas landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, the large public school handed out 4,307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At UNLV, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,882. This means that the average student pays around $102,948 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNLV. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

UNLV did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Nevada list.

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#3

Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, Nevada

Out of the 3 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking, Sierra Nevada College landed the #3 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Incline Village, Nevada, and it awarded 91 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at SNC about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,342. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SNC is about $145,610. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

SNC also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in Nevada rankings.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 3 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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