University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

Reno, NV

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University of Nevada, Reno Student Essentials

University of Nevada, Reno Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Mid-size City Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Wolf Pack
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $6,602
Out-of-State Tuition: $20,512
Retention Rate: 79%
Enrollment: 20,947
Year Established: 1864

About UNR

As the oldest university in the state, University of Nevada, Reno offers a college experience as sprawling and diverse as the institution itself. UNR is particularly well known for its excellent research opportunities and graduate school, with over 60 master’s programs and nearly 40 doctoral programs.

Of course, UNR features extensive undergraduate academics as well. In total, there are more than 75 programs of study, including some unique concentrations like Speech Pathology and Rangeland Ecology & Management.

You may think of Reno as nothing more than a place to gamble, but that’s just one aspect of the city. In addition to the great entertainment and cultural attractions of Reno, nearby Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Nevada wilderness offer some fantastic outdoor adventures. Student life at the University of Nevada can vary from visiting a museum or the theatre to mountain biking and kayaking.

Because paying for college is no small feat, UNR’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can help you accurately estimate the cost of attendance and apply for as much aid as you’re eligible for. In addition to federal assistance, the school offers several grants and scholarships to help fund your education.

UNR Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 1 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave University of Nevada, Reno 1 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

The University of Nevada, Reno residential life, housing, and food service department has not been fair in its practices. I told the office over the phone that I had a family emergency where my sister had a roommate suddenly leave and she couldn't afford to live there without me moving in since the aforementioned roommate was paying for half of everything. The office informed me that I would not be refunded my $125 deposit and that I would owe 25% of the $2635 charge for the semester in the dorm, which means I'll lose $783.75 even though the move-in date isn't until this Sunday, January 19th. They offered to transfer my license agreement to the 2014-2015 academic year; however, I explained to them that this option wouldn't work since I begin pharmacy school in Colorado in August. Also, I spoke with the student I was assigned to live with, and she decided she no longer wanted a roommate. In other words, she chose to have the room all to herself, which means UNR won't be losing money because she'll be paying much more to be alone. Despite her filling this vacancy, UNR still expects me to pay the above-mentioned amount. I have no choice in paying because any financial aid covers UNR charges before I'm issued a refund check to use for food, gas, and other living expenses. Even if the student I was assigned to live with had still wanted a roommate, I believe this policy is unfair for students and the cancellation fee is ridiculously high. Moreover, this policy is not written on the housing application, but referenced in one sentence on the bottom of the last page in conveniently smaller font. Interestingly, I couldn't find this information anywhere on their website, but succeeded with an Internet search. Additionally, the Parking Services department informed me that there was a waiting list for the dorm garage because the faculty garage was full and some faculty were parking in the dorm garage now. This garage, meant for Sierra Hall dorm students, has 6 people on its wait list thanks to this situation. Finally, I'd like to provide a link that discusses issues students have had with meal plans, which are supervised by the same department that controls the dorms ( Please note that the article was written on June 25th, 2008 and demonstrates how long this problem has been around. I think at least hundreds of students, if not more, have been affected because 2440 students lived in the dorms for the 2012-2013 academic year. I wouldn't be surprised if many were forced to stay because they couldn't afford losing almost $800. I have contacted all local news stations with the hope that they will make the public aware of how this university mistreats its students because I don't see any other way for a significant change to manifest itself.

UNR Map & Location

University of Nevada, Reno
North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

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Getting Around UNR


Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.



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UNR Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 16,864
Freshman Class 3,556
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 20,947

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 13%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 68%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Unknown and Other: 9%
Latino 13%
African American 3%
Caucasian 68%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 6%
Unknown and Other 9%

Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%
Full-Time 79%
Part-Time 21%
Women 54%
Men 46%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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