2022 best colleges in Nevada best-colleges

While Nevada offers far fewer higher education options than surrounding states, it provides quality academic programs for residents and out-of-state students alike. Home to one of the top hotel administration programs globally, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides competitive internship opportunities to students due to its excellent location in the Entertainment Capital of the World. At the University of Nevada, Reno, the state’s flagship university, students rally to support the NCAA Division I sports teams. The Desert Research Institute, the sister property of UN Reno, offers unique research opportunities in areas such as astrobiology and weather modification.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Nevada

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, Nevada

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $15,081

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $55,360

Vs. state average: + $14,372

Economic score: 1.76

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#2 in Nevada

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $11,424

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $52,464

Vs. state average: + $11,476

Economic score: 1.84

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#3 in Nevada

Sierra Nevada University

Incline Village, Nevada

Admission rate: 47%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $28,144

Payback: 7.9 Years

Earnings: $44,447

Vs. state average: + $3,459

Economic score: 7.30

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#4 in Nevada

Nevada State College

Henderson, Nevada

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 29%

Net cost: $12,915

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $54,006

Vs. state average: + $13,018

Economic score: 2.05

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Roseman University of Health Sciences

Henderson, Nevada

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 87%

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $98,140

Vs. state average: + $57,152

Economic score: N/A

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Touro University Nevada

Henderson, Nevada

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 0%

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $77,822

Vs. state average: + $36,834

Economic score: N/A

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