The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 in Elko, Nevada, as a preparatory school. However, it was located 300 miles from nearly half of the state population. To reconnect with the Nevada community, they moved to Reno, Nevada. Today, the campus is just a short drive to Lake Tahoe, Black Rock Desert, and Yosemite. The University of Nevada, Reno is considered a national Tier 1 university. Nevada students can save up to $63,000 (72% less) than their counterparts attending other tier 1 universities.
The University of Nevada, Reno offers 426 degree, certificate and minor programs for over 17,000 undergraduate students. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 22-to-1 with 34% of the classes having less than 20 students. Outside the classroom, student can access over 200 student organizations including Greek life. The University of Nevada, Reno participates in NCAA Division I sports teams. Top majors include:Business Health Professions Biological Biomedical Sciences Social Sciences Engineering
A nearly 8-foot statue of John Mackay was carved by Gutzon Borglum, the man who carved Mount Rushmore, John Mackay was an Irish immigrant and benefactor whose heirs donated over $1.5 million to the university from 1907 to 1936. These monies enabled the university to expand their mining school, install a football field, and increase the campus property to benefit the students and the student experience.