Help Me Find a College: Nevada

Where to Start Looking to Find a College in NevadaNevada HIghway Sign

Families looking for Nevada colleges should start their search at GoToCollegeNevada.org. This is a general college search and information website sponsored by the Nevada Department of Education and Nevada System of Higher Education. The website has significantly improved since my last visit.

The website has the usual timelines and provides an overview of financial aid with one of the better explanations of the significance of the cost of attendance. It lists all public 2-year and 4-year institutions but not the private ones.

Nevada Colleges Summary
Websites
Colleges
Public Private
Number 6 1
Students 98.8% 1.2%
50-50 0 0
5/4 Yr Grad Rate 25.5% 46%
Test Scores

SAT Avg 75%
Critical Reading 492 560
Math 494 560
Top Ten Colleges Applied To
  • University of Nevada Reno
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • University of Southern California
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Arizona State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • San Diego State University

Users will find  a calendar of events with actual events   There is a downloadable PDF brochure with steps and timelines for attending any state institution of higher education.  The section on Pay for College includes information and links to Nevada’s Millennium Scholarship and 529 plan.

The website links to the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) which includes a school search for institutions in all states. NCIS also provides a section on Paying For School that includes detailed information on the various types of financial aid along with links to net price calculators. Users can explore possible careers with various assessment tools.

The Nevada System of Higher Education website doesn’t have any comprehensive information on community college transfers. It just links to the individual college websites for more information

Some Numbers to Help You Find Nevada Colleges

There are seven four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates in Nevada according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 98.2 percent of students attend one of the six public universities while 1.2 percent of students attend the one private institution.

The private college has an average four-year graduation rate of 46% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 25.5%. No schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.

The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Nevada was 492 for Critical Reading and 494 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 560 for Critical Reading and 560 for Math. Of the two schools that reported SAT scores, only one had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.

The top 20 colleges SAT test takers in Hawaii applied to:

  • University of Nevada Reno
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • University of Southern California
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Arizona State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • San Diego State University
  • Southern Utah University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Washington
  • University of San Diego
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Arizona
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • University of Portland
  • University of The Pacific
  • Dixie State College of Utah

List of Nevada Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in January of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Nevada Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores

Name
Type
Full-time
Under-
graduates
4/5 Yr
Grad
Rate
% Admitted
SAT CR
75th%
SAT
Math
75th%
ACT
75th%
Net Price
College of Southern NevadaPublic96906246
Great Basin CollegePublic909147136
Nevada State CollegePublic112311497513
Sierra Nevada CollegePrivate5144626401
University of Nevada-Las VegasPublic158853481550560249943
University of Nevada-RenoPublic1241143825806002614127
Western Nevada CollegePublic13086975

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