University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is an American public research institution located in the Las Vegas Paradise, Nevada. The university includes the Shadow Lane Campus, found just east of the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada which hosts the School of Dental Medicine. It is the only dental school in Nevada State. Additionally, the UNLV’s law school and the William Boyd School of Law are also the only law schools in Nevada State. Noted due to its strong emphasis on science, technology, business management as well as law programs, the university is ranked among the best universities in the United States. The UNLV will host the final US Presidential debate in Oct, 2016.
The main campus of the UNLV is built on a 332-acre land, central of Paradise, Nevada. The Midtown UNLV is a continuing private-public development in Maryland Parkway, bordering the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The development started in 2002 and the aim is to expand the institution to meet the demands of a main university in the metropolitan area of Las Vegas. The project is intended to improve the University amenities for students and businesses in Maryland Parkway.
UNLV’s admissions procedure is considered “selective” according to the US News and World Report. For freshmen entering in 2014, 6437 were accepted out of 7408 applicants. That translates to 86.9% acceptance rate. Women constituted approximately 55.7% and men were 44.3%. Among freshman who enrolled in fall of 2014, their SAT scores for the middle 50% ranged between 440 and 550 for critical reading, 440and 560 for math and 420 and 530 for writing. The ACT composite score for the 50% ranged from 19 to 24. In terms of class ranking, 21% of enrolled freshmen student were in the top 10% in their high school rankings. Around 51% of the freshmen ranked in the top quarter, while 83% ranked in the first quarter. The average high school score was 3.24. That places it in the class of the best universities in the United States.
Its Lee Business School’s MBA program is categorized in the top 28 of the 2014 US News and World Report. Its Atlantic-recognized UNLV’s English Department has one of the nation’s most innovative Master of Fine Arts course and one of the best doctoral courses in creative writing.
The Down Beat Magazine, the globally recognized trade publication for jazz music, acknowledged the work of the UNLV Jazz Ensemble in 2010 as “Outstanding Humongous Jazz Ensemble Performance”. That was in the graduate college-level jazz bands in the annual Student Music Award events of that year.
The UNLV has varsity teams in 17 different sports categories. The men’s basketball team is known as the “Runnin’ Rebels” while the men’s baseball team is normally referred to as the “Hustlin’ Rebels”. The Rebels are among the founding member of the famous Mountain West Conference, in the prestigious NCAA’s Division I. The only exceptions here are the UNLV men’s football team and the swim & dive team, that compete in the dominant Western Athletic Conference. Even before it was announced that it was to host the final US presidential debate in 2016, this institution was still largely ranked among the best universities in the United States.