Best colleges in Nevada

Strike Gold in the Silver State

Entertainment capital, U.S.A.

In the southwestern state of Nevada, hospitality and entertainment reign supreme. Home to sequin-studded Las Vegas and casino-charged Reno, Nevada is nestled in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert. Nevada has 12 public and private colleges and universities and almost 15 for-profit institutions in Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, Paradise, and more.* Interested in hospitality & tourism, legal services, or nursing? Much of the state’s economy is linked to tourism and entertainment, which makes sense in a state that has 15 of the 25 world’s largest hotel rooms and countless casinos, shopping centers, event venues, and restaurants. Billions of dollars pour into the state through tourism and gaming each year, so business degree holders will always be highly sought after.

Now we know if you’re anywhere near Vegas, you’re going to have trouble focusing on studies. But if you’re anywhere outside Sin City, you’ll have different kinds of distractions. Nevada has gorgeous desert landscapes for photography junkies and plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside. Lake Mead, the Colorado River and Lake Tahoe (among others) offer watersports and scenic views, while Nevada’s 172 mountain summits of at least 2,000 feet make it the most mountainous state in the country by measure.* Whether you hit the slopes or hit the casinos, it’s easy to strike gold in Nevada.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “List of colleges and universities in Nevada”

Best Four Year Universities in Nevada

University of Nevada-Reno offers 197 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,801 students graduated with students earning 3,811 Bachelor's degrees, 725 Master's degrees, 186 Doctoral degrees, and 79 Certificates.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas offers 265 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 5,697 students graduated with students earning 4,195 Bachelor's degrees, 1,068 Master's degrees, 378 Doctoral degrees, and 56 Certificates.

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Sierra Nevada College
Incline Village, NV

Sierra Nevada College offers 22 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 243 students graduated with students earning 161 Master's degrees, and 82 Bachelor's degrees.

Nevada State College
Henderson, NV

Nevada State College offers 31 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 597 students graduated with students earning 597 Bachelor's degrees.

DeVry University-Nevada
Henderson, NV

DeVry University-Nevada offers 20 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 43 students graduated with students earning 21 Bachelor's degrees, 19 Master's degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Great Basin College offers 131 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 705 students graduated with students earning 323 Certificates, 291 Associate's degrees, and 91 Bachelor's degrees.

Western Nevada College
Carson City, NV

Western Nevada College offers 78 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 972 students graduated with students earning 581 Associate's degrees, 385 Certificates, and 6 Bachelor's degrees.

Touro University Nevada
Henderson, NV

Touro University Nevada offers 22 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 486 students graduated with students earning 236 Master's degrees, 202 Doctoral degrees, and 48 Bachelor's degrees.

Roseman University of Health Sciences offers 5 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 734 students graduated with students earning 373 Bachelor's degrees, 307 Doctoral degrees, 43 Master's degrees, and 11 Certificates.

Chamberlain University-Nevada offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 98 students graduated with students earning 98 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Nevada

Northwest Career College
Las Vegas, NV

Northwest Career College offers 11 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 784 students graduated with students earning 765 Certificates, and 19 Associate's degrees.

Career College of Northern Nevada offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 186 students graduated with students earning 95 Associate's degrees, and 91 Certificates.

Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 507 students graduated with students earning 372 Certificates, and 135 Associate's degrees.

Carrington College-Las Vegas offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 148 students graduated with students earning 96 Certificates, and 52 Associate's degrees.

Carrington College-Reno offers 3 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 142 students graduated with students earning 79 Associate's degrees, and 63 Certificates.

Las Vegas College
Henderson, NV

Las Vegas College offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 85 students graduated with students earning 67 Associate's degrees, and 18 Certificates.

Truckee Meadows Community College offers 171 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,151 students graduated with students earning 1,111 Associate's degrees, 1,034 Certificates, and 6 Bachelor's degrees.

List of all colleges in Nevada

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Casal Institute of Nevada Logo Casal Institute of Nevada Las Vegas, NV     266
University of Nevada-Reno Logo University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV
3/5
25 : 1 20,993
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Las Vegas Logo Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
4/5
  352
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Logo University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
3/5
30 : 1 31,171
Northwest Career College Logo Northwest Career College Las Vegas, NV   33 : 1 1,265
Career College of Northern Nevada Logo Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks, NV   16 : 1 376
Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin Logo Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin Las Vegas, NV     536
International Academy of Style Logo International Academy of Style Reno, NV     37
Nevada Career Institute Logo Nevada Career Institute Las Vegas, NV   78 : 1 388
Academy of Hair Design-Las Vegas Logo Academy of Hair Design-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV     203
Paul Mitchell the School-Las Vegas Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV     262
Arizona College-Las Vegas Logo Arizona College-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
4/5
31 : 1 597
Sierra Nevada College Logo Sierra Nevada College Incline Village, NV
5/5
20 : 1 755
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Logo Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV   32 : 1 950
Carrington College-Las Vegas Logo Carrington College-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV   37 : 1 298
Nevada State College Logo Nevada State College Henderson, NV
2/5
54 : 1 5,584
Carrington College-Reno Logo Carrington College-Reno Reno, NV   40 : 1 522
Las Vegas College Logo Las Vegas College Henderson, NV
3/5
19 : 1 172
Paul Mitchell the School-Reno Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Reno Reno, NV     194
DeVry University-Nevada Logo DeVry University-Nevada Henderson, NV
4/5
  67

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