Innovative Academics


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UNLV offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the world’s best College of Hospitality, a Top 100 Law School, a new School of Medicine, as well as the state’s only School of Dental Medicine. Many of our unique and innovative programs are ranked among the best, enhancing our reputation as one of the fastest growing global research institutions in the nation.

Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

In the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, we live by our mission: Educate, Inspire, Innovate. We are dedicated to creating hands-on learning experiences for all students; fostering an environment of innovation and research; engaging the community to solve societal problems; and inspiring the next generation of technology entrepreneurs. Our professors are experts in their fields and enjoy working closely with students at every level. We teach our students how to invent, design, build, test, and work together so they can become employees, employers, and entrepreneurs.

UNLV Solar Decathlon Team

Our team of interdisciplinary students once again participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Teams were tasked with building solar-powered homes that were judged on their use of technology, market potential, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. In October 2017, the UNLV team took 1st place in innovation, 2nd place in engineering, and 2nd place in architecture.

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College of Education

The College of Education provides leadership in the art and science of teaching and learning. We prepare students to become teachers, counselors, specialists, educational psychologists, professors, university administrators, and researchers for every level of education. Our faculty develops innovative and transformational research inspired by authentic educational situations, supports strong relationships with local schools, and works hard to benefit our community.

Honors College

A small, selective college within UNLV, Honors College brings together high-achieving students from across the country and across majors for an interdisciplinary academic experience. Our students complete an exclusive set of honors core classes while also enjoying personalized advising, special research opportunities, priority registration, and access to our private facilities. Honors College creates tight-knit learning communities of students who share a pursuit of excellence and aspire to the best graduate and professional schools, as well as to exciting careers.

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School of Allied Health Sciences

The School of Allied Health Sciences combines high-quality education with comprehensive clinical experiences and research. Our students share a keen interest in human health and strive to discover new science and advance the delivery of health care. The available degree programs are athletic training, diagnostic sciences, interdisciplinary health sciences, health physics, kinesiology, medical physics, nutrition sciences, and physical therapy. Whether you are considering working in a hospital, outpatient clinic, on a sports field, or in a laboratory, our programs will provide the skills and experiences you will need to succeed.

School of Community Health Sciences

Dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for people worldwide, students and faculty at the School of Community Health Sciences eliminate health disparities, prevent disease and injury, and improve the quality of health care facilities and programs. Our interdisciplinary field combines many practices including social and behavioral health, health care administration, environmental health, microbiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Through original research and hands-on work in laboratories, centers, and the community, we prepare our students to effect change in the global society as future leaders in the fields of public health and health care administration.

College of Sciences

In the College of Sciences, discovery and education go hand-in-hand. We provide innovative and engaging learning environments so students can go on to be researchers, private-industry employees, and health professionals. At UNLV, we are conducting exciting research in several areas, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, high-pressure science, renewable energy, nuclear materials, and seismic activity.

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School of Nursing

For more than 50 years, the School of Nursing has educated nurse leaders who have improved patient care, helped Nevadans lead healthier lives, and shaped the health care profession. Our faculty and graduates lead research studies, develop innovative education, and forge long-lasting community partnerships. Each year, we prepare hundreds of students to become registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, clinical leaders, and nurse researchers.

School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine provides a phenomenal dental education while serving the oral health needs of Nevada residents. The school offers seven unique education and specialty programs, all are dedicated to preparing leaders in the dental field. Those admitted to our pre-doctoral program receive intense hands-on training within our simulation center, community outreach programs, and general practice clinics.

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine opened its doors to its inaugural class in 2017. As part of a world-class academic medical center, this innovative school will teach future physicians to work in health care teams, apply advanced technology, and develop classically-based treatment solutions for diseases of the present and the future.

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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Students in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs desire to make a positive difference in their community. By learning through inventive curriculum, engaging in community partnerships, and interacting with high-quality faculty, students have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions that improve the quality of life in urban communities.

College of Fine Arts

At UNLV, we have rich traditions in the fine and performing arts. After all, that’s what people expect in the city known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” At the College of Fine Arts, our students’ creativity can be seen all over the world. They are featured in galleries, at international festivals, and on television and the big screen. They also perform on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Broadway, and of course, the Las Vegas Strip.

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts, the largest academic college at UNLV, delivers on the ideal of a well-rounded education, offering a rich variety of majors in the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. We help our students develop an array of intellectual skills, a variety of methodologies for understanding the world, the tools to adapt to changing environments, and a broad base of knowledge.

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William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

Ranked as the leading hospitality and leisure management program in the world by QS World University Rankings, the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality is known for providing students with the hands-on experience and theoretical foundation they need to succeed in the fast-moving, competitive world of hospitality. Our industry partnerships are unparalleled, our faculty members are internationally-renowned, and our alumni represent some of the most influential leaders in the industry. Plus, our classroom is the world’s greatest hospitality laboratory – Las Vegas.

Lee Business School

At the Lee Business School, we cultivate leaders who transform business in today’s dynamic marketplace through skill development and experiential learning. Students enjoy a wide array of resources and benefits, including nationally recognized faculty, a Career & Professional Development Office, and a strong alumni network. Through our teaching, research, and service, we advance the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

William S. Boyd School of Law

At the William S. Boyd School of Law, we are educating ethical and effective lawyers and leaders. From the very beginning, our students are exposed to real-world challenges, professional interactions, and public clinics. For our students, community service is an integral part of their education and experience. The Boyd School of Law offers more gaming courses to juris doctor students than any other law school in the country. In addition, UNLV was the first university in the nation to offer the Master of Laws degree in Gaming Law and Regulation.

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