Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, there are seven public colleges, three private non-profit schools, and five private for-profit colleges.


    The above figure is the average tuition fees paid by a student in Nevada for the 2021-22 school year, according to College Board.


    For the 2020-21 school year, the average undergraduate student in the United States received the above amount of financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar schools in Nevada. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. 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 like the U.S. News & World Report among others 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 either the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) or WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). These reputable organizations examine the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of post-secondary education programs.

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

The Top 50 Colleges in Nevada

Best Colleges In Nevada
Intelligent Pick
University of Nevada at Reno
Best Library
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Best Rural College
Great Basin College
Best for Part-time Students
Nevada State College
Best Associate Degrees
College of Southern Nevada
Best for Health Care Degrees
Roseman University of Health Sciences
Best for Osteopathic Medicine
Touro University Nevada
Best for Transfer Preparation
Western Nevada College


What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Nevada

A state college’s potential to provide employment opportunities should be considered when deciding whether or not to enroll. The top five industries in Nevada providing employment to residents include trade, transportation, and utilities; leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; goods-producing; and government.

Getting a job with a bachelor’s degree in Nevada becomes easier if you choose to major in a field that matches one of the fastest growing careers in the state. These include jobs such as aerospace engineers, geographers, logisticians, medical and health services managers, and agents and talent managers.

Additionally, knowing the biggest employers in the state can help you when applying for a job. From a list of the top 150 largest employers in Nevada, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel-Casino, MGM Grand, and Aquarius Casino Resort BW rank as the top employers.

What’s Next?

Besides finding the ideal college for you in Nevada, you’ll also want to research financial aid options that are available for students. Below are three resources for federal and state level financial aid, scholarships, and grants open for undergraduate students in Nevada.

  • Nevada State Higher Education Agency. This state-level education agency offers accurate information on financial aid opportunities and their requisite qualification criteria.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA provides billions of dollars in assistance to eligible students every year. This aid covers expenses such as tuition fees, room and board, books and supplies, computers, and even dependent care. Find out your eligibility by visiting the official website. To apply for FAFSA, complete the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. A useful resource for undergraduates and graduates, CareerOneStop is an information center provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here, you can find information regarding financial aid, grants, and scholarship programs on the basis of amount, qualification, state, and degree level. Other relevant information includes deadlines for application and contact information.