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2022 Best Colleges in Nevada

11 Colleges
$36,430 Avg Salary*
12% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Top Nevada Schools ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 11 colleges and universities across Nevada to determine which were the best in terms of overall quality. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include freshman retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and post graduate earnings, among other things.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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We know that one set of rankings doesn't always help you determine the best school for you, so we've created the ability to narrow your list by location and field of study as well as alternative rankings that prioritize different factors such as those of importance to veterans and returning adults or those who value diversity and value for your money.

One of our other unique offerings is College Combat. This tool lets you build your own customized comparisons utilizing the factors that are most important to you. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges in Nevada

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

Our analysis found University of Nevada - Reno to be the best school for overall quality in Nevada in this year’s ranking.Reno, Nevada is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,128 students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNR is $47,000 during the early years of their career.

Full University of Nevada - Reno Report

#2

Nevada State College

Henderson, Nevada

Out of the 11 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking, Nevada State College landed the #2 spot on the list. This medium-sized public school is located in Henderson, Nevada, and it awarded 704 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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#3

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Out of the 11 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Nevada - Las Vegas landed the #3 spot on the list. UNLV is a large public school situated in Las Vegas, Nevada. It awarded 5,916 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UNLV make an average of $45,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Out of the 11 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking, College of Southern Nevada landed the #4 spot on the list. CSN is a large public school situated in Las Vegas, Nevada. It awarded 3,410 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CSN is $32,300 during the early years of their career.

Full College of Southern Nevada Report

Out of the 11 schools in Nevada that were part of this year’s ranking, Truckee Meadows Community College landed the #5 spot on the list. This fairly large public school is located in Reno, Nevada, and it awarded 1,510 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Truckee Meadows Community College make an average of $33,900 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Truckee Meadows Community College Report

#6

Western Nevada College

Carson City, Nevada

Western Nevada College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges in Nevada list. WNC is a public institution located in Carson City, Nevada. The school has a small population, and it awarded 646 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WNC is $30,500 during the early years of their career.

Full Western Nevada College Report

#7

Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, Nevada

Sierra Nevada College landed the #7 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nevada ranking. SNC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Incline Village, Nevada. It awarded 263 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,100 during the early years of their career..

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#8

University of Phoenix - Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

University of Phoenix - Nevada ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges in Nevada list. This small private for-profit school is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it awarded 72 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $47,100 during the early years of their career..

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#9

Great Basin College

Elko, Nevada

Great Basin College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges in Nevada list.Elko, Nevada is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 432 students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,300 during the early years of their career..

Full Great Basin College Report

Career College of Northern Nevada came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Nevada ranking. This small private for-profit school is located in Sparks, Nevada, and it awarded 97 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Career College of Northern Nevada make an average of $27,200 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Career College of Northern Nevada Report

#11

Las Vegas College

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Nevada ranking. Las Vegas College is a small private for-profit school located in Henderson, Nevada that handed out 20 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Las Vegas College is $27,900 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 11 schools only.

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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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