So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (better known as "UNLV"), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 83%, admission to UNLV is somewhat selective. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 22.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at UNLV admission statistics.
UNLV Admissions Statistics
UNLV’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 83%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 8,553 applicants, UNLV admitted about 7,064. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.28, the average ACT score was 22, and the average SAT score was 1080.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 18, and the 75th percentile score was 25.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 970. The 75th percentile score was 1190.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to UNLV is somewhat selective. Even if UNLV is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at UNLV’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
UNLV Application Requirements
To apply to UNLV, you’ll need to fill out the UNLV Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $60 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by July 1st for Fall semester, and December 1st for Spring semester.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the UNLV Online Application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $60 application fee
- Submit your high school transcript
The application deadline is July 1st for Fall semester, and December 1st for Spring semester. November 1st is the financial aid application deadline.
Have you been admitted to UNLV? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
UNLV Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at UNLV, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 44% are male and 56% are female
- 3.7% of students are international
UNLV has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 3.7%
- Underrepresented minority: 0.6%
- Two or more races: 10.6%
- White: 35%
What do these admitted students plan to study? UNLV offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Social Sciences
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
UNLV Tuition Figures
At $23,872, UNLV’s yearly cost of attendance is high. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $6,006.
Here’s a fuller look at UNLV tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $23,872
- Average financial aid package: $6,006
- The average student debt of a UNLV graduate is $25,374
Now, what is life like at UNLV? Let’s take a look.
UNLV's main campus is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Because it is only 1.6 miles away from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, UNLV's hospitality program is one of the best in the entire nation.
Remember, you’re going to UNLV for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
UNLV has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Business Administration and Management
- City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
- Hospitality Administration & Management
- Interior Architecture
- Jazz Studies
- Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
- Landscape Architecture
- Nutrition Sciences
- Social Sciences
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at UNLV.
Student Life at UNLV
UNLV has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of UNLV’s student activities:
- 1st Generation Club
- 8-bit UNLV eSports
- Bhakti-Yoga Club
- Chispa UNLV
- Freedom by Design
- Generation Action - Students United for Reproductive Justice
- Mental Health Awareness
- NextGen Nevada
- Alliance of Non-Traditional Students
- Rebel Taiko Experiment
- Spoon University UNLV
- Steve Buscemi/Pizza Enthusiast Group
- UNLV Improv
- Zine Club
Are you an athlete? UNLV’s got plenty of options for you.
UNLV offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
UNLV’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
Who might you become with a UNLV degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
UNLV has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- NFL player Randall Cunningham
- MLB player Cecil Fielder
- Celebrity chef Guy Fieri
- Comedian Jimmy Kimmel
- US Senator John Ensign
- CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker
- MMA fighter Gina Carano
- NBA player Shawn Marion
- Caesars Palace founder Jay Sarno
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into UNLV can be competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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