2022 best colleges in Nevada

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.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

Net cost
Payback
Earnings
EarningsPlus
Rankings
Ranking methodology
#1 in Nevada | #96 in National Universities

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, Nevada

Economic score: 1.76

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,081

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.4 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,360

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $14,372

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 88%
Graduation rate: 61%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Nevada | #105 in National Universities

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Economic score: 1.84

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $11,424

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.4 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $52,464

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $11,476

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 52%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Nevada

Sierra Nevada University

Incline Village, Nevada

Economic score: 7.30

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $28,144

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 7.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $44,447

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $3,459

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 47%
Graduation rate: 55%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Nevada State College

Henderson, Nevada

Economic score: 2.05

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $12,915

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $54,006

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $13,018

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 90%
Graduation rate: 29%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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