University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reviews
My experience at this institution has been horrific. Going to CSN prior to attending this university set me up for false expectations. Most of the classes I have attempted to take I have dropped because I cannot understand the professors and their thick foreign accents. Whenever trying to find professors with accents I can understand, I am met with nothing but condescension and am somehow made out to because bad guy. I hate this school. If you can, go to CSN as long as possible. UNLV cares nothing about you or your academic experience.
This school grossly neglected and abused it's graduate acting students. Over the last year and a half, the grad class missed about 150 hours of instruction that they paid for due to several preseason including; incompetent leadership, poor quality of instruction from tenured faculty, insufficient number of faculty members, and overall abusive ego from the entrenched leaders the entire College of Fine Arts; from the dean, to the department chair, to the head of the acting program. This school took my money and did not deliver on its promises. When confronted, they stopped teaching. Somebody needs to investigate this issue.
I decided to continue my education with University of Nevada Las Vegas for a master's degree in Education. I am currently a teacher and was hoping for a raise and needed a master's to renew my license. Many other educators suggested that I consider a for profit school or one that was entirely online. However, I felt as though I wanted to have a true educational experience with a public university, as I did with my undergraduate. What a mistake. I certainly cannot speak for the other departments at UNLV, but for education, my experience was a complete waste of time, money, and resources I could have spent elsewhere. The advising department for education is atrocious. My personal adviser was so bad I'm pretty sure they fired her. At one point in a meeting she told me that if I wasn't able to finish my master's on time, I could just become a substitute teacher instead. (To compare, substitutes get $100 a day, no benefits, no health insurance, no sick days, no stability vs. $41,000 starting pay for a teacher in CCSD with free health insurance for a single person like me. I have been teaching for multiple years now as well, so she was basically telling me to quit my job to do something I was less qualified for and to be paid less). She also had me taking over 20 credits for one semester while I was working as a full time teacher because she was unable to figure out that I needed to take a certain amount of classes before my license expired. I was able to catch the mistake and asked her about it, in to which she went into a complete panic and told me I had to take 21 credits the next semester or I would lose my license. In addition, for a master's degree in education, everyone must have two semesters of either student teaching or, if already a teacher, have a certified person come and watch and review said teacher in their classroom. Being a teacher of record, I had the latter. Overall, the classes were so disorganized. All of my fellow peers were consistently frustrated at how no one seemed to be able to answer questions, even the administrators. Assignments made no sense, often were busy work. Each person who watched me teach said something different as to what was due, there was zero consistency. My first semester for my "student teaching," the woman was atrocious, consistently late, disorganized, and just unpleasant. She would show up half way through my classes and then mark points off my grade because she was late and didn't see the start of class. My in person professors were better, I enjoyed their teaching styles. However, maybe because I'm already a teacher, I felt as though most of the time I spent in class was wasted or was not furthering my education. I didn't really learn any helpful teaching strategies or methods to become a better teacher. To be honest, the most helpful thing I did for the entire two years was read a young adult novel which I could give to my students to read. Finally, the cost. I was okay with spending more money initially with UNLV because I believed I would be receiving a superior educational experience than an all online or for profit school. However, after completing my degree, I realize I basically wasted my money. If you are a teacher and planning on getting a master's, a cheaper option like University of Phoenix is actually better than UNLV. You will learn just as much, if not more, and you will save a ton of money. Overall, my UNLV experience is not one I would suggest to other students.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas is a good undergraduate university. For the biology department, there are a handful of professors that will require self-learning outside of class but that is to be expected in college. The research opportunity in University of Nevada Las Vegas is quite available due to various professor research or the Desert Institute Research labs. I personally worked in an Integrative Animal Physiology Lab for several years and learned more than I would have imagined. The university also has an integrated program called University of Nevada Las Vegas Honors College. In this program, the classes provided are more creative but may be more rigorous in workload. I enjoyed the honors seminar classes due to the variety of the topics and how passionate the professors were to teach their expertise. From Global Sustainability to Interpersonal Communication in various Health Disparities, I was fortunate to take such interesting classes. There are even classes with topics focusing on: western aviation, contemporary food studies, marketing and humanity, war, animals in human societies, global asian popular culture, soccer, Putin's Russia, and even LGBT history. It is annoying that there is a required amount of "honors credits" one must take to graduate. Since a biology degree requires so many credits already, I ended up taking 134 credits after my four years of undergraduate school. I took as many credits for honors college as if I were to graduate with a minor; however, the honors college does not provide a minor diploma. Overall I enjoyed going to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and I am satisfied with the education I received there to tackle medical school.
As an alumni I can tell you UNLV is overpriced and not worth it. CSN gives you the same education for half the price. More than anything UNLV constantly shows lack of care for students needs to the smallest details of refusing to print off 1 piece of paper in the library when you don't have your card. They use every way to make money off you from parking to general living. It's a typical Vegas, business where they see you as $ signs only and not students. Can't forget its right next to a bad area of town and students are harassed by the homeless. Go to CSN if you're local, if your out of town, your future will be much better severed at a real college.
I feel the BSW program at UNLV shaped me into a great social worker. The teachers emphasized the code of ethics, interviewing skills, self-assessment to identify biases and understand how your biases affect your practice. I liked the variety of backgrounds the professors had, from AIDS to child welfare, and from private practice to the public sector. My two practicums included the non-profit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and the Henderson Welfare Office of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. I loved both! The only thing that is difficult for me, is that I am now working in the healthcare industry, and many tasks Im required to perform I feel are out of my scope of practice, because I have had to learn so much on my own or on the job.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNLV in 2014. While working toward my degree and attending classes such as drawing; painting; photography; graphic design; sculpture and printmaking, I found intrigue in how my imagination and capability to design had evolved. The intrigue further led me to enroll in graduate school at UNLV in the architecture department. While studying for my Masters degree Ive found that the faculty at UNLV has continued to provide me the opportunity to grow that I once had as an undergraduate student. In three semesters, I will hold a Masters Degree in Architecture where I eagerly await the opportunity to further explore designing and shaping our world.
The UNLV school of life sciences is full of passionate individuals driven to teach well and make breakthroughs in research. After completion of my degree I have been prepared to continue to medical school, and have made various social connections within my community. UNLV is one of the most diverse campuses and people can be thenselves comfortably!
UNLV has a very diverse set of students and great extra-curricular activities that add to the overall college experience. The professors within the Biology/Chemistry department were great as well. The campus is expanding, fixing many problems like low amounts of student housing and many colleges in one building. The biggest complaint is about parking. The amount of local students attending UNLV has increased drastically, but parking has only increased minimally.
UNLV is a wonderful school. I recommend it to anyone pursing a career with a bachelors degree or higher. The school has several extra curricular activities available, a gymnasium available for all students and the campus is neat and maintained. The library is massive and they have several places to grab a bite on campus.