Top Nevada Colleges and Universities

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Nevada, located in the western part of the United States, is widely known for its famous hotel resorts and casinos. The state has several important institutions for higher learning, which are briefly described below.
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Top Five Schools in Nevada

College of Southern Nevada

Primarily a two-year institution, the College of Southern Nevada offers over 100 associate's degrees and one bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. The college was founded in 1971 and has grown to include three campuses in the Las Vegas Metro Area. The College of Southern Nevada is the state's largest institution for higher learning and the fourth-largest community college of this kind in the nation. Many Las Vegas businesses rely heavily on the pragmatic training of CSN to provide well skilled members of the city's workforce.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas, more commonly known as UNLV, was founded in 1957 in the heart of Las Vegas. In fact, the campus is located only about 1.5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. There are approximately 26,000 undergraduates at UNLV; however only a small percentage actually lives on campus. Among the university's many excellent academic programs is the discipline of hospitality management, a true real-world learning experience for students who live and work in a city that is world-renowned for its many hotels and casinos.

University of Nevada-Reno

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada-Reno is located just north of downtown Reno, overlooking the many casinos in the city. There are 11,962 undergraduate students at Nevada, many of whom are studying agriculture or the natural sciences. The journalism department at the university is also quickly becoming one of the institution's flagship departments and boasts of several Pulitzer Prize winners. The institution has been recognized as one of the top 150 research institutions in the country.

Great Basin College

Great Basin College was founded in 1967 as Northern Nevada Community College; the name was later changed to reflect the institution's ability to award bachelor's degrees. Currently, there are just under 4,000 students enrolled in the college's many academic programs. Some of the more popular majors include associate's degrees in applied technology and Bachelor of Science in education. The school provides higher education for a vast area that covers over 60,000 square miles.

Nevada State College-Henderson

One of the newest institutions for higher learning in the state, Nevada State College opened its doors in 2002. The campus is located just seven miles southeast of Las Vegas, in the second-largest city in Nevada. The college has experienced very rapid growth and now boasts a population of 1,900 students, making it the fastest-growing institution in Nevada's system of higher education. Many students choose to study in one of the in-demand fields offered by Nevada State, such as nursing, applied science, psychology, biology, visual media, law enforcement, business or education.

Popular Schools

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    1. Universal Technical Institute

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
      • Marine Technician Specialist
      • Diesel Technology
      • Motorcycle Technician Specialist
      • Automotive Technology
      • NASCAR Technology
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    2. Carrington College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice
      • Dental Assisting
      • Medical Assisting
      • Medical Billing and Coding
      • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
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      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
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      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
    Bachelor's
      • Psychology, B.S.
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      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
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      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
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    4. Full Sail University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
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      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
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      • BS - Film (Campus)
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    5. Colorado State University Global

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    Master's
      • Master of Project Management
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      • Master - Information Technology Management
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    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
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    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
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    6. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
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      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
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      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
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      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
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    7. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
      • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
      • M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
      • BS in Health Care Administration
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    8. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Information Systems (MS)
      • Nursing Administration (MS)
      • Nursing Education (MS)
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting (BS)
      • Business Administration (BS)
      • Business Administration - Human Resources Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration - Marketing Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration - Technology Emphasis (BS)
      • Health Services Management (BS)
    Associate's
      • Medical Assisting (AOS)
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
      • Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track
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      • Ph.D. International Psychology
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      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
    Master's
      • M.A. Psychology
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
      • M.A. Behavioral Economics
      • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
      • M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: ARP Track
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
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      • DBA: Healthcare Management
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    Master's
      • MA: Communication
      • MA: Professional Counseling
      • Master of Arts in Public Policy - Public Administration
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice

Featured Schools

Universal Technical Institute

  • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
  • Marine Technician Specialist
  • Diesel Technology

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Carrington College

  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

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Colorado Christian University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Psychology, B.S.
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Project Management
  • BS - Human Services
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AAS in Legal Support and Services
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
  • BS in Psychology

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Independence University

  • Information Systems (MS)
  • Accounting (BS)
  • Medical Assisting (AOS)

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