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Combining the excitement of an urban location with the charm of a traditional campus, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers students a full educational and social experience.

Just decades old, UNLV has maintained a healthy rate of growth in enrollment, programs and scholastic excellence as part of the eight-component Nevada System of Higher Education.

Located in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant and dynamic cities, UNLV has matured along with the Las Vegas area. With enrollment more than doubling the last decade, the tremendous growth has meant a flurry of construction resulting in a campus setting boasting academic and athletic facilities second to none.

Steadily becoming a traditional residential university, UNLV provides on-campus housing for more than 2,000 students. A variety of student clubs and organizations along with 26 Greek organizations supplement the social development of students.

From within its 15 schools and colleges, including the new William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV is also becoming a leading research institution of the West. The school's scientific, social science, and business programs attract millions of dollars in research grants annually to fund projects in desert biology, nuclear waste transportation, laser physics, public opinion surveys and many others.

In addition to its regular academic programs, UNLV offers area residents more than 600 classes through its Division of Continuing Education, which enrolls approximately 16,000 students annually.

With its Performing Arts Center, the campus is the cultural hub of Southern Nevada. World-class orchestras and soloists, dance and theater arts combine to provide a broad selection of concerts and stage productions.

The Barrick Lecture Series and several campus organizations bring noted speakers to the University, and local and visiting artists show their works in the Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery. UNLV has excellent athletic facilities as well, many open for students and public use.

Opened in 1957 as the southern regional division of the University of Nevada with a total of 28 students, UNLV is now home to more than 27,000 students coming from every county in Nevada, all 50 U.S. states and 88 countries. Much of UNLV's tremendous expansion is the result of support from the Nevada Legislature and the state's taxpayers. Private donors have played an important role, as well. These gifts support new facilities and programs and, most important, provide the scholarship incentives that bring Nevada's best and brightest student scholars to campus.

UNLV operates an on-campus Center for Business and Economic Research, Center for Economic Education, Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies (in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Desert Biology Research Center, Center for Survey Research, Nuclear Waster Transportation Research Center and other research and public-service centers.

Offering 106 undergraduate programs and 117 graduate tracts, UNLV graduated a class of more than 4,000 last year. The University operates on a semester system and is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools, the American Council of Education and the Western College Association. All of the University's academic programs are fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and many programs have received further accreditation from independent national accreditation bodies.

 
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