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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Nevada include 7 public and 3 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Nevada is $8,586, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Nevada. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) — this  organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the northwestern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

Online College Programs That Might Interest You

Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Nevada

Best Colleges In Nevada

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Reno

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Nevada

When deciding on a career path in Nevada, it’s important to understand how employable you will be upon graduation. The largest five industries in Nevada are food preparation and serving, office and administrative support occupations, transportation and material moving, sales, and management.

It’s also worth noting that the fastest-growing careers in the state for workers with a bachelor’s degree include aerospace engineers, geographers, logisticians, medical and health services managers, and agents and talent managers.

Additionally, knowing the largest employers in the state can help you when applying for a job. These include Encore Casino, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, and Tesla.

What’s Next?

Besides finding the ideal college for your area of study in Nevada, you’ll also want to research financial aid options. Below are three resources that will help you find scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid:

  • Nevada System of Higher Education. The Nevada System of Higher Education’s website offers information on financial aid opportunities and their qualification criteria.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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