University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reviews
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.
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.
Studying for my fine arts degree at the University of Las Vegas was difficult. The funding for the arts at this university had been cut. Most of my instructors didn't stay for very long, as they could never be guaranteed a permanent position. There was also an absence of community within the art department therefore, making networking difficult. I did take courses within the engineering department as well. I found that the basic math and science courses were not taught well at the university. I had to take the courses at the community college to find passionate instructors.
I had a wonderful time at UNLV, where I was able to receive an excellent education. Since I am a Nevada resident, it was affordable, and I absolutely felt that the teachers were engaging and cared for their students. The campus was large, and the student body diverse and mostly local. I received a quality education at UNLV and would proudly recommend it to any other Vegas locals who aspire to learn and work here.
Looking back at my program, I thought it did a good job of providing the material needed in order to embark on a career in Kinesiology. I think the department could do a better job of providing career opportunities and avenues for those in the major.
UNLV is growing and updating their facilities every year. Although it is placed in the middle of the busy city, the campus is not affected with the commotion of the Las Vegas strip. The campus is not very large and makes it easy to commute from class to class. The Lied Library is without a doubt a great place to study individually or as a group with the options of private rooms to rent or use. The school spirit is something to be noted, and every year when we battle for the Fremont Cannon with UNR, the campus lights up with rebels and scarlet and gray pride. My classes were difficult and provided me with a great challenge. The allied studies of Kinesiology were very interesting and gave me a little insight to what I would be learning in Physical Therapy school. The college academic advisors are great and put you on the right track to succeed. Once a rebel always a rebel!
The university has a great campus with a very diverse student body. The professors are okay as some like to try to teach way above the class level.
My university (UNLV) is overall fairly excellent. The cost is reasonable, and the program is well structured. However, the support is somewhat lacking, and the program takes too long. There are very few financial support resources. The university has superior instructors, but the support from most of the faculty is not really there. There are a few members of faculty who were very supportive, but left. There are a few new members of faculty who are supportive. There is a great deal of turnover in my department, so that is not very beneficial to students. It is often difficult to take classes, because they are not offered when needed. However, the faculty tries to work with students to get them the classes they need, so that is super! There are many time constraints that could be addressed using technology, but I feel that UNLV has not fully embraced technological resources. Finding the right course at the right time in the right format is a challenge, but the professors do try to help. Finding a professor to work with on research is a real challenge. It would be nice if there were more opportunities to work with the professors on research to learn more research skills in the "field". I have had the opportunity to work with some of the professors on their research. However, it has been difficult, and I was not able to continue to publication with them. Publication is very important, yet there are no classes that one can take to help learn how to get published. It is one of those requirements that are not supported, and I feel the school could do a better job in this area. It would be nice if UNLV provided structured assistance for publication.