Nevada is home to more than 50 colleges, universities and technical schools. Most of the state’s population resides in Las Vegas and Reno, so you’ll find most of the colleges in Nevada in these two metropolitan areas as well. Even though gambling and the Vegas strip may be the first thing you think of when considering school in Nevada, the many mountain ranges, valleys, the Hoover Dam and the Mojave Desert offer a beautiful landscape for outdoor adventures during downtime between classes as well. However, if you stick around in the summer, be prepared to take the heat. The Nevada System of Higher Education is made up of five public Nevada colleges and universities including top-ranked University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College. Other community colleges are located throughout the state. Private schools include Sierra Nevada College and University of Southern Nevada. A variety of career colleges in Nevada offer ample opportunities ranging from Pima Medical Institute, Las Vegas to Marinello Schools of Beauty, Las Vegas.
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Nevada College and Degree Offerings
No matter what type of education you’re hoping to find in the 50 plus Nevada colleges, you’ll discover that the state offers a range of degree levels and programs including Law (LL.B., J.D.), Philosophy, medical and dental, Environmental Science and more. These degrees are offered at both public and private 4-year schools and 2-year schools to meet every student’s time and budget constraints. There’s no shortage of community colleges or career colleges in Nevada’s two main hubs, making certificate programs, 2-year career training degrees and associates degrees easily accessible. The five public post secondary education institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education are popular choices for bachelors degree seekers. UNLV boasts many acclaimed masters degree programs for graduate students.
- Bachelors Degree (4-Year Colleges)
- Associates Degree (2-Year Career Training)
- Associates Degree (2-Year Transfer Degree)
- Certificate Programs and Diplomas
- Masters Degree (Graduate Schools)
Top Community College and Junior Colleges in Nevada
- College of Southern Nevada
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Truckee Meadows Community College
- Western Nevada College
- Great Basin College
- Pima Medical Institute, Las Vegas
- The Art Institute of Las Vegas
- ITT Technical Institute, Las Vegas (North Las Vegas)
- Career College of Northern Nevada
- Utah College of Massage Therapy, Las Vegas
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Nevada Career Opportunities
While more than 80 percent of Nevada’s land is owned by the federal government, many careers are found in both Reno and the flashing lights and bustling casinos of Las Vegas, the center of Nevada’s economy and job market. It’s no surprise that you’ll find many Casino – Gaming programs at colleges in Nevada. Beyond the poker tables and slot machines, is a Vegas foodie scene and Culinary Arts graduates are in demand to staff top restaurants. Hospitality Management and Administration graduates are also in demand for all of the hotels and hotel/casinos that line the strip. Smart General Business graduates and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the influx of tourists as well and Business Administration and Management, Accounting & Related Services, Human Resources and Management are smart career moves for graduates of Nevada colleges, too.