With seven major universities and colleges located in the area, the Greater Vegas region offers a wide variety of opportunities and programs for those interested in expanding their education. Each of these institutions provide students with a different experience and learning journey, so there is sure to be an educational program that fits everyone’s career goals. Read more about the region’s higher education offerings below:
University Of Nevada, Las Vegas
Since its first classes were held on campus in 1957, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has transformed from a small branch campus into a thriving research university, becoming an indispensable resource in one of the country’s most enterprising cities. As a comprehensive research university, UNLV offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including internationally and nationally recognized programs in hotel administration, engineering, business, and creative writing.
The university holds the nation’s highest recognition for both research and community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. UNLV is annually ranked as one of the nation’s most diverse for undergraduates, with more than 65% of students identifying as part of a racial or ethnic minority.
UNLV is home to Nevada’s only law and dental schools and a top-ranked nursing school. Located in the Las Vegas Medical District, the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV graduated its first class of students in May 2021, and recently opened a new medical education building that houses state-of-the-art medical classrooms and a simulation center.
College Of Southern Nevada
As the largest and most ethnically diverse college in the state, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) provides affordable and collaborative postsecondary education and workforce training. CSN is a fully accredited institution offering more than 180 degrees and certificates in more than 70 academic programs —with 26 degrees and certificates available entirely online. The college has three main campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, as well as multiple sites and centers throughout the region. Since opening in 1971, CSN has grown to the fifth largest college of its type in the country.
Nevada State University
The Nevada State University campus is located in Henderson, just to the southwest of Las Vegas. Founded in 2002, the university is one of the fastest growing institutions in the country and is Nevada’s only four-year institution with a teaching mission. The university prides itself on serving a ‘new majority’ of first-generation students, adult learners, students of color, Dreamers, and immigrants. The rapidly growing institution has added many new buildings over the past decade, including the school’s all-digital library, café, ballroom, student services center, executive offices, study spaces, nursing program facilities (including a cadaver lab), live-streaming finance lab, and a 250-seat auditorium. The university offers 45 minors and majors to its population of more than 7,100 students.
University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is an online for-profit, university based in Phoenix, Arizona whose students are mainly working adults. Founded in 1976, the university offers certificates and degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. University of Phoenix continually innovates to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives.
Western Governors University, Nevada
WGU Nevada is a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, with the mission to help Nevadans obtain a quality education. WGU Nevada’s mission is to expand access to affordable higher education for Nevada residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs. The university offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the high-demand fields of business, IT, teacher education, and healthcare. WGU serves more than 3,400 students in Nevada and has awarded degrees to more than 3,300 Nevadans.
Touro University Nevada
Touro University Nevada is a private university located in Henderson that is part of the Touro University system. The university opened the Nevada branch in 2004 with a focus on addressing the region’s critical needs in healthcare. As the state’s largest medical school, Touro University Nevada now educates more than 1,500 students annually in a wide variety of degree programs, including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate-level healthcare professionals. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin, Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the university is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university provides training in its College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and College of Graduate studies. Roseman courses are unique in that they are offered on a block style, allowing students to focus on one subject at a time, rather than multiple concurrent courses.