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The viewbook offers prospective students a glimpse of the academic, social, and cultural environment at UNLV that will help them reach their goals and fulfill their aspirations.

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  • Be a ReBel!

  • Our location in Las Vegas offers a living laboratory where you can get hands-on experience in your future career while making a difference in a thriving community. With more than 200 areas of study, UNLV boasts innovative academic programs and research in fields such as gaming management, entertainment engineering and design, hospitality management, entrepreneurship, and much more. A truly unique university, there is no better time to be a Rebel.

    WelCOMe TO UNlV WE ARE EntREpREnEuRiAl And innovAtivE, A plAcEWhERE you cAn lEARn, gRoW, And bEcomE somEthing youvE nEvER imAginEd.

    mEssAgE fRom thE PResideNTYoung, vibrant, and proud of our Rebel heritage, we are focused on working with our community and Las Vegas to create the work force of tomorrow, through our world-class educational programs. We also have a number of nationally ranked research programs and are committed to solving the complex problems of our region and dealing with issues of global relevance. Partnerships with nationally recognized entities like the Brookings Institution provide our students access to some of the most potent research and educational opportunities in the world. UNLV is as dynamic and exciting as Las Vegas, and our bold approach to providing a first-class education is part of the entrepreneurial, innovative, and unconventional spirit that defines UNLV as the New American University.

    neal smAtREsk, President

  • A community of ReBelspARtnERships foR A bEttER tomoRRoW

    UNLVs faculty, staff, and students reach out and partner with the community in finding

    workable solutions to the challenges facing the Las Vegas metro area.

    In May 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded UNLV more than $2.1 million to lead four new research projects that will advance nuclear technologies in support of the nations energy goals.

    In July 2009, the UNLV Center for Energy Research, in partnership with Pulte Homes and NV Energy, received $5.7 million in funding from the DOE to develop a community of Las Vegas homes that incorporate energy-efficient features and advanced utility metering to

    cut residential energy use by more than half.

    Within driving distance of UNLV, outdoor recreation includes kayaking on Lake Mead, rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon, and skiing at Mount Charleston. With clubs and organizations such as Outdoor Adventures, students leave campus on the weekends to enjoy the surrounding areas.


    Red Rock Canyon 30 minutesHoover Dam 40 minutesLake Mead 40 minutesMount Charleston one hour Zion National Park three hours

    Grand Canyon National Park five hoursLos Angeles, Calif. four hoursPhoenix, Ariz. five hoursSan Diego, Calif. five hoursSalt Lake City, Utah six hours

    With an average of 228 days of sunshine per year, students enjoy the great outdoors year-round at Red Rock Canyon, only a 30-minute drive from UNLV.

  • mARiA PaRRa-saNdOValIt is a privilege to have been part of the Honors College community since the beginning of my college career. The Honors College provided me with a rigorous academic curriculum, leading professors in their respective fields, and the best academic guidance and financial support. I am grateful to the Honors College for providing me with the best learning environment. As a result, I am prepared to continue my professional education in public policy.

    Maria is currently attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on a full scholarship.

    political science, 2009

    aCadeMiCshonoRs collEgE

    chEck out unlvs honoRs collEgEIn the Honors College, students engage in traditional core curricula taught by UNLVs finest faculty all while they are taking advantage of the campuss cutting-edge and

    modern facilities. Honor students benefit from:

    Participating in an innovative program of study that pairs intellectual challenge with creativity, complementing requirements for any major on campus.

    Smaller class sizes, which allow more time for exploration and interactive discussion.

    Personalized advising and priority registration.

    A tightly knit community of dynamic and high-achieving students, faculty, and staff. Students are held to the highest academic standards and are some of the most accomplished graduates at UNLV.

    Solid preparation for postgraduate study or professional school admission.

    Join the honors community of scholars. Apply today at

    The William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV was granted full accreditation by the American Bar Association inFebruary 2003. The school is currently ranked as one of the top-100 law schools in the United States.

  • hotEl COlleGeWilliAm f. hARRAh collEgE of hotEl AdministRAtion

    The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration offers one of the worlds best programs in the preparation of students for the global hospitality and leisure services professions. Strong classroom academics are combined with focused internship and mentoring opportunities to provide a solid, applied educational foundation. The college prepares students for a diverse and exciting business focus specific to careers in hotels/

    lodging, restaurants, tourism, gaming, trade shows, conventions, meeting planning, recreation, food service, and the culinary arts.

    With its location in Las Vegas, the College of Hotel Administration offers students the Worlds Greatest Laboratory of opportunities to acquire professional experience in the

    hospitality and leisure services field.

    undERgRAduAtE mAjoRs Beverage Management Culinary Arts Management Food Service Management Gaming Management Hospitality Management Hotel Administration Second Degree Lodging and Resort Management Meetings and Events Management Recreation Recreation Pro Golf Management

    UNLV student Quynh Dam gains hands-on work experience while assisting her mentor, Diana Hewitt, director of Pit Clerk Operations at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Through the College of Hotel mentor program, students are able to explore different fields of study to find their passion within the hospitality industry.

    food network star guy fiERi, unlv alumnus, 1990

  • juAn PlaTaThe Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering gave me the resources and support necessary to excel in my undergraduate career. It was small enough to give me a great amount of personal attention and big enough to provide me with exciting research opportunities. But more than anything, this college is a very close-knit family, and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.

    Juan is currently attending Stanford Universitys MD/Ph.D program in bioengineering.

    undERgRAduAtE mAjoRs Aerospace Studies/AFROTCCivil EngineeringComputer EngineeringComputer ScienceConstruction Management

    Entertainment Engineering and DesignElectrical EngineeringInformaticsMechanical EngineeringMilitary Science/Army ROTC

    mechanical Engineering, 2008

    collEgE of eNGiNeeRiNGhoWARd R. hughEs collEgE of EnginEERing

    In todays world, engineers are called upon to find real-world solutions to technical

    challenges to improve the standard of living and quality of life. The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering produces graduates who are well prepared to take on this challenge. The undergraduate program affords each student the opportunity to participate in research in addition to the theory taught in the classrooms, a philosophy not shared by many undergraduate programs. Faculty and students conduct research in areas such as renewable energy, homeland security, nanotechnology, and structures. This experience prepares students to compete in regional and national competitions and the senior-year capstone project, which helps students enhance their resumes for graduate school or for their future careers.

    College of Engineering student Christian Calvo interns as a production assistant at the Cirque du Soleil K Theater in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

  • kAthRyn HOlTThroughout my undergraduate program in the Department of Sports Education, I evolved from being just a student to being a student actively involved in research within the Physical Activity and Policy Research Program. I have worked on both local and national research projects and have been trained to use a variety of measurement tools. The professors are highly engaged, and because of them, I have been afforded outstanding opportunities to learn and grow.

    sports Education leadership, 2010

    collEgE of edUCaTiONthE sciEncE And ARt of EducAtionAl pRActicE

    The College of Education is committed to creating an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. Particular attention is

    focused on preparing professionals for diverse educational settings and on contributing to educational and pedagogical knowledge through scholarly endeavors. Collaboration among students, faculty, other professionals, and community members is essential to the college in achieving its goals. Integral to the mission is a dedication to being a premier college of education that serves our dynamic and expanding community, the state, the region, and the nation.

    undERgRAduAtE mAjoRs Early Childhood Education(Pre-K2 or Non-licensure)Elementary EducationHuman Services Physical Education(K12, K8, 712, or Non-licensure)

    Secondary EducationSpecial EducationWork Force Education (Postsecondary or Secondary)

    Students in the College of Education are eligible to become substitute teachers in their last two years of study. This gives students the opportunity to make some extra money and gain

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