University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reviews

  • 103 Reviews
  • Las Vegas (NV)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,342
72% of 103 students said this degree improved their career prospects
85% of 103 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Irwin Munoz
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2021
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"UNLV does have opportunities for students in networking with students orgs, faculty, and community members. You have to go get it. Having a support system is a must and building one takes time and energy. I was able to attain a full ride and more than I could imagine, such as presenting research at international conference sponsored by UNLV and learning from doctoral students in labs. Although there are negatives to any aspect, such financial aid takes a lengthy time to process many things and the student parking is bad at times. These little annoyances didn’t deter me from seeking advice from my peers and professors who helped me attain professional skills and advance my education into graduate school."
Walker
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2020
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"UNLV is easily one of the worst universities in the country. They claim to offer a wide variety of degree programs however, they do not actually offer the classes to obtain that degree. The acceptance rate is over 80%, yet less than 40% are able to graduate. As someone who attended, its not because their classes are difficult, its because the classes don't actually exist or are not offered for4-5 semesters at a time. So what do you do when your scholarship requires a full-time commitment to cover the cost of education? UNLV has a wonderful scam going, because they force you to take erroneous classes to keep your scholarship and keep you in school longer. Why get you through in 4 years, when they can collect for 6 years and give you the same degree? Go anywhere else. Even if you're paying 10,000 more for out-of-state tuition, UNLV will scam you out of your money. If you still think they're legitimate I challenge you to try giving them a call-their numbers listed on the official website are "not currently in service". Do not trust this shady, extortionate institution."
Kelly
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I received a bachelors degree in healthcare administration from UNLV in 2018. The professors I took classes from were knowledgeable in their fields, particularly my internship professor. Through the internship program I managed to find a job at a local hospital and my first year out of college I made 50,000+ which wasn’t bad for a starting salary. Overall, my advice to other students would be to remember that what you put into your education is what you’ll get out of it. There are a lot of opportunities if you’re willing to apply yourself."
David
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2020
  • Degree: Music
"I had studied at two excellent universities in other states prior to attending UNLV. I came to UNLV because I wanted to study with an eminent professor who was there (since departed), and I received a generous scholarship because of him. I was thoroughly disappointed and frustrated at UNLV because of the constant and obvious interoffice politics. Feuds and competition, infighting and general personality problems among members of the Music faculty got in the way of the quality of education that the students should have been receiving; they often used their students as pawns in these feuds. High faculty turnover rate. The department chair was especially unfit for his job, completely unhelpful, sexist and misogynistic. He was in cahoots with at least one other faculty member to deny tenure to some of the best individual faculty members the institution was ever fortunate to have had (because the ones to whom they denied tenure were advocates for the students; they knew what was going on behind the scenes and were striving for change). One professor was busted for child pornography charges and went to prison, and not long before that, another professor actually choked one of his own students in his office. It's a very small-town mentality at this institution. Several members of the faculty were actually musically inferior to some of their own students and even tried to stymie their own students' extracurricular opportunities (prevent them from participating in festivals, etc., and opportunities to study with other, more renowned teachers; wouldn't provide recommendations, etc.). Also, many of the courses most important to a core education in music (theoretical aspects) should be taught by the professors themselves; however, UNLV assigns most of them to inept graduate students who don't know how to teach and are barely passing their own classes. It's known as a party school, and it's disturbing how many students and faculty have serious drug and alcohol problems. UNLV also has a very high dropout rate. That area of the city (Maryland Parkway and that whole vicinity) is dangerous and plagued with theft and violent crime. There were several execution-style gun murders only a couple of months apart within one block of my apartment building, and my car was broken into three times in one month. During my second year at UNLV, I was attacked by a homeless person who was apparently living somewhere on campus. He hit me and actually succeeded in ripping my instruments out of my hands and tried to flee, but I fortunately recovered them when a passerby intervened and tripped him. In all, I agree with several other posters here that UNLV is not an institution that gives back. Students are indeed treated like dollar signs and cattle. I would never refer my own children or music students to UNLV for college. UNLV is a waste of time if one is seeking a superior education and a high salary afterward."
O
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2020
  • Degree: Teaching
"I always felt like the professors cared about me and my wellbeing. Always pushing me to become a better version of myself and guiding me to become a successful musician. They’re always there when you’re struggling. I’ve learned something from every class I’ve taken."
Hanna
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2020
  • Degree: Computer Engineering
"The school strive to earn money and profit by providing instructors who are not well equipped to provide students the required and essential tools to be successful. Most instructors expects you to know the material well ahead of time and shows up to class to do the least minimal work. The school as a whole doesn’t feel like a school. It feels like a business with the most atrocious customer service where all they want is the money but gives nothing in return. I am extremely displeased with this school and I did not enjoy 1 but if my undergraduate experience. This school has such a low graduation rate and yet has the most highest acceptance rate. The facility members feels entitled and are extremely rude and unhelpful. Starting from the department chair (example the computer science department chair and pretty much the entire computer science department) very rude individuals who has no integrity or professionalism. The school doesn’t offer classes that are required for graduation throughout the year and you had to wait a year or two year to take certain classes. Those are one of the reasons students either drop out or can’t graduate on time. There’s only 1 or 2 instructors who are so dedicated and devoted to help students. Majority of them are only focused on advancing their own career. The school doesn’t care if students complain. When students refuses to take certain instructors because of their reputation, the school start to make the instructors name anonymous so that students could register. Instead of coaching their instructors to be a better educators they punish students. Technically, the university is continuing to operate because of students, if there’s no students, there’s no business. This school is not equipped to prepare future scientists or engineers. I don’t recommend it, and I won’t go back either. I’ll take my business elsewhere. I regretted for coming to this school to begin with. Go to community school, they have better instructors who cares about students and better Curriculum than UNLV."
Ryan Meier
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2020
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I had an interesting experience with UNLV. I was a nontraditional student, going to work full time and school part time. I often found myself at bouncing between the advising building and the mathematics department trying to figure out what was required of me. Rarely did I get an answer that made sense. I also had issues with the math department about scheduling, books, and general processes. These negative experience cloud my overall time at UNLV. But, for what it is worth, I hear most universities don't know what is going on and are a headache to get through. On a positive note I did enjoy most of the classes I took. I found them to be interesting and at times challenging."
anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"I hate the parking and I hate the location!! I'm a mother, wife, and homemaker. UNLV is not as accommodating as the community college, for people who live in vegas and have a family. They want every buck and coin they can squeeze from you! The location is south east of the city and that location is riddled with homelessness, crime activity, and low lives. There's always a suspicious character on campus everyday I go to class. The parking is ridiculous! They make students pay for a ticket or parking sticker to park and on top of that, there's not enough student parking! They make you either park super far away or pay for meters, if there's no where to park, which if you bought student parking for the semester doesn't qualify for "free" parking at the meters without paying the meters. I paid the student parking for the semester- NOTHING about it is free! But charging us to park, on top of paying the semester to park, is downright cruel and unusual esp. in this heat!! They have way too many staff parking, over 3,000 employees vs 35,000 students... really?!?"
Jim Rossi
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2019
"I earned master's in history and the program was actually terrific: very rigorous, interesting, and non-doctrinaire. We had to study A LOT and understand all different perspectives. I think the History program itself was great - and I was high-maintenance. The reason I don't give UNLV 5 stars is because of the administration. As UNLV's longtime business historian Eugene Moehring, the school's bureaucracy has been known for "administrative chicanery" since the school's beginning, and I experienced that in spades. I cover it in the "Eggheads Behaving Badly" chapter of my first book, "Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper.""
Doriee
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"UNLV takes all kinds of students and has an excellent Hospitality program, but other than that, there isn't much to say about the school. Students are not overly competitive. The student life at UNLV is rather non-existent because a lot of students do not live on campus housing."
Janise Wiggins
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
"Upon enrolling at UNLV, I chose to major in Social Work, after having several social workers who encouraged me while growing up. The most impactful thing about obtaining my undergrad at UNLV, is the on-going professional support that I still receive from my professors, even 19 years later!"
Larry Sampson
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"My experience at the University of Nevada Las Vegas was genuinely life-changing. The professors were great and were always willing to assist you both during class and after hours. In the agregate, the student body is diverse and friendly. The curriculum as a whole is not overly difficult however it certainly prepares you for your future field of employment."
Corrine Melone
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I loved attending UNLV. I went to UNLV after graduating from College of Southern Nevada, I was excited to attend a larger university. I knew what major I was going to pick and was excited to meet all of my new college professors. All of my professors made me feel comfortable and confident in my academic decisions. Anytime I had a question they were attentive and available."
Joseph St. Romain
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2019
  • Degree: Civil Engineering
"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."
Actor
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2019
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"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."
Sara Brown
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2018
  • Degree: Education
"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."
Jeremy Santamaria
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"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."
UNLV, Students are $ Signs
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
"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."
Melanie Osteen
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"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."
Robert Correales
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2017
  • Degree: Art & Design
"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."