University of Nevada - Reno Reviews

  • 61 Reviews
  • Reno (NV)
  • Annual Tuition: $25,501
91% of 61 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 61 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/17/2022
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"I attended the MFA program in creative writing for a year. This is a great program for people who want to write speculative fiction. That said, the workload was hilariously easy in all but one class. The workshops don’t require students to read anything but each other's work. So, if you go here, know that you will be unemployable. An MFA is a terminal teaching degree, but anywhere that wants a fiction writer or poet will expect them to also teach contemporary literature and/or non-major literature. This program does not prepare its graduates to do that in any meaningful way. The workshops were full of lazy students who didn’t read (fiction, theory, or anything else really) beyond one pet author (usually George R.R. Martin or N.K. Jemisin). They routinely came to non-workshop classes without having done the reading. They then acted like they knew everything about literature. Workshops were very cliquey with comments revolving around a bunch of faux-literary “you can’t do that” rules that no published author actually follows. Anything experimental or nonlinear was attacked because the students had read so little that they couldn’t understand much of anything. There was also a gang of rich suburban Mean Girls who thought they were social justice warriors but who didn’t have a clue what they were talking about because—you guessed it!—they didn’t read any actual books on gender, sexuality, or race and just went off what they’d seen on Reddit. The department seemed well meaning, but the MFA professors were clearly more interested in being friends with the grad students than challenging them. Too many admitted students were there just because they’d done an undergrad degree in the program. The professors were overwhelmingly white (no black or gay/lesbian), and many were visibly afraid to talk about anything dealing with diversity. They clearly didn’t keep up on issues in the field the way most English professors do. The city is actually pretty cool. High rent prices (and shockingly low grad stipends in comparison), but still some cool underground/indie things to do. There are plenty of readings and visiting writers, so that part was great (mostly poets, though, even though most grad students are in fiction). They don’t fund their students over the summer, so when Covid hit, I couldn’t find employment and had to drop out."
Kira Floge
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2019
  • Degree: Nutrition
"The University was very difficult to navigate due to their poor advising staff. The advising department was poor and made many mistakes. They often didn't solve the mistakes made they just asked for me to continue taking classes. I earned my degree but unfortunately do not feel much pride for my school. I wish I had a different experience because of all the work I put into school. I looked forward to the my college experience and found the support system unfortunate. Other than the support the course work was enjoyable and has benefitted me later in life."
Collin Weaver
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"General Studies was a mixture of communication and business entrepreneurial courses that make ump the study of my degree. I choose this path because I wanted a little bit of different areas. I believe mass amount of different experiences and knowledge from Finance, international business courses and communication courses on how to talk to different cultures wherever you're at is extremely important. Especially when you want to make a difference not just in one place or with certain individuals but the diversity in the world itself."
Elisha Harris
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2019
"I greatly enjoyed the subject matter of this degree and I had some truly amazing professors there along the way. I will say that the program seemed unnecessarily hard to navigate with what seemed to be an ever-changing list of requirements. This would not have been so bad had it not been done surreptitiously. If I were to give any advice it would be that students interested in this major develop a strong relationship with their advisor and ensure that they are knowledgeable of what is required of them. My saving grace was Laurie Beck who ensured that I knew about all changes and modifications to my program. I would also advise that students develop a strong relationship with their professors in order to gain realistic information on the job market. I was able to work during college based on a referral from a professor that turned into a long term career opportunity. If you are looking for a program that is incredibly diverse and will allow for you to gain a wide range of experience and skills then I would suggest the Community Health and Sciences Program at University of Nevada Reno. For someone like me who often has felt the desire to try new career paths I value this degree for ensuring that I am able to move rather fluidly when the time comes for me to gain a more broad work experience. The skills that I learned in this program truly served me well as I continue in the adventure that is life."
Crystal Munguia
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"When I was in pursuit of my biology degree it seemed as if all my professors were ready to help whenever I needed. They all went above and beyond to make sure I understood the material and could implement it. I would always be able to find help when needed, whether it was the professors themselves, their TAs, or any college tutor programs necessary. Simultaneously I was taking classes to fulfill my veterinary medicine major, this was a different story. While not all professors were hard to work with, some did not want to see you succeed. For instance, my counselor would actively try to push me away from my desired career. It was very difficult to talk to some of the professors when I was stuck on a problem or needed help. Their core curriculum was changing during the years that I was there, so it was increasingly difficult for the advisors to keep track on the requirements everyone needed to graduate. This reckless implementation caused some of my colleagues to be held back for another semester. School safety was very overlooked. For example, one of their students was present at the Charlottesville March and instead of addressing the issue they pretended it never happened. On multiple occasions there were swastikas painted on the walls that the administration refused to look or pain over. Overall, the university is full of opportunity for those who seek it, and although people could have very negative experiences there were many ordinary semesters. If I were to have a doover I would have gone through my undergraduate career with a different mentality than I went with."
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2019
  • Degree: Public Administration
"The Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Nevada, Reno is fantastic. I have had a great experience from the beginning. The program is geared towards students who work fulltime and the advisors are helpful and knowledgeable. The faculty are great and have amazing insight in the field. Every course I have taken has been valuable. I currently am using the skills and material I have learned in class in the real world. I enjoy attending class because I know I am learning rather than sitting in classes just to get by. I recommend taking advantage of taking summer courses that are offered because it helps to finish the program rather quickly. The program consists of 6 Political Science courses, 3 elective course, and 3 comprehensive exams. The 3 elective courses must be in the same field. I chose social work. The professors will work with you if things come up as long as you communicate with them. The department as a whole is very understanding and want to help students. The University of Nevada, Reno is also a beautiful campus. I attended as an undergrad and returned for my masters. The campus is green and full of trees with a small lake on the south side of campus. It is a great University with a growing amount of student. The University is continuous working to provide resources to its students and keep the campus up to date. I love being a student at the University of Nevada, Reno."
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"Though there are some wonderful teachers in this program, the program overall is very disorganized and does not attempt to help students succeed in anyway to include changing class days and times less than 24 business hours before school is to start. This program has been nothing but a hassle since day one. I would definitely recommend going elsewhere for a social work degree."
Katrina Morgan
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2018
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I had a wonderful experience while attending the University of Nevada, Reno's school of Education. The campus is beautiful at all times of the year and the city of Reno has such pride in the University and supports the Silver and Blue all the time. I was surprised to find that the class sizes were small and the professors take the time to get to know their students. The school of education provides many opportunities for the student to get out into the local community and schools to learn first hand. Overall, I had a great experience."
Bjorn Blomquist
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
"I was a community health science major at the University of Nevada, Reno. The degree program gave a good overall picture of the many aspects of health . Some of the subjects covered included epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, healthcare finance, disabilities, and health policy. Most of the classes are very interesting, but honestly the community health science major is a bit of a soft major. Aside from epidemiology and biostatistics, the CHS curriculum is quite easy. This may not be a good thing for someone pursuing medical school, they may not be adequately prepared for a much more difficult curriculum. My minor was biology, and the most difficult courses I had to take were for my minor. Overall, the CHS major was good degree program, if not a little too easy,"
Taylor Burkett
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2017
  • Degree: Business
"UNR is an amazingly beautiful school that makes you want to learn. Not only is the campus pretty, but the students and faculty are very nice and truly give the "Wolf Pack" feeling that is talked about at UNR so often. The campus is extremely new (with some old buildings), including a brand new gym and library. I miss the knowledge center with all my heart, as my current grad school library doesn't compare at all. Great School, great faculty, great experiences."
Mark, Graduate 2015
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"University of Nevada, Reno has excellent staff that break down the concepts of environmental engineering to make them easier to learn. There are plenty of research opportunities and the professors make themselves available to answer your questions."
Satisfied student
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Great school with very knowledgeable professors. Location is great if you really enjoy outdoor activities."
Elaina Vlassopoulos
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"The University of Reno Nevada was a wonderful school to attend with a great atmosphere and many amenities for students. I enjoyed most of my experiences with professors as I narrowed in on my degree. Human Development and Family studies is a wonderful degree to pursue, I will warn that most jobs may not pay much but the work you can do and the people you can help makes it worth it. It has also set me in a position to continue my education and work towards my masters. It's a great foundation but I would recommend more education be added to it."
Jena Garrick
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"This degree program was well created. There was a focus on criminological theory and policy analysis. These courses were important for students who are looking to obtain a position within the criminal justice field post-graduation. The faculty are all well prepared to teach courses and their passion for teaching is evident."
Anthony Spinella
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: English
"My school was fantastic. I attended both undergraduate and graduate school here and found the support network and the instructors to be so willing to make sure I succeeded. Whenever I needed to meet they made sure I was a priority and that I found the right network to truly find success in my career and education. I have found that the discipline that was taught to me while attending the graduate school in English was a strong building block for my life, and I am glad that I had a chance to excel at UNR."
Melissa Nixon
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2017
  • Degree: Anthropology
"The University of Nevada, Reno is a small campus with an engaged student body. There are numerous opportunities to create a supportive social atmosphere based on similar study interests or career plans. The landscaping on the campus is beautiful and the surrounding area offers world class recreational opportunities! The faculty on campus are approachable and it is easy to meet with professors who teach their classes and know the names and capabilities of their students. The University culture emphasizes research and public contribution so there are many accessible paths to apply your study and to pursue funding support."
Kali Auckly
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Nevada Reno. The community health science curriculum was challenging yet approachable. I believe any student who wants to pursue a career in public health would benefit from the community health science program at UNR!"
K. Matus
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2017
  • Degree: Information Systems
"I'll give you the truth: pursuing a degree is not going to be easy. As a student, you will need to push yourself to your limits in order to succeed, and even then you might not meet your own personal standards. However, as a graduate of UNR, I can honestly say that you will NEVER be facing this challenge alone. Not only do you have access to numerous resources on campus, but you also have access to some of the greatest minds available in Nevada with whom you can work and grow with! These minds belong to your peers, and these peers will challenge you to improve your work, your integrity, and your behavior. I cannot promise you'll love college, but I can promise that you will learn to think and perform to the best of your ability."
Ariana Cramer
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2017
  • Degree: Journalism
"The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is one of two accredited four-year public universities in the state of Nevada. The university has a long history . Marilyn Monroe starred in the film, "The Misfits", which was set on the campus. Six Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have graduated from the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism. I received a wonderful education from dedicated professors through the degree program. I went through the broadcast television news track and was able to receive a great paid internship through the School of Journalism. The internship experience helped me land a producer job in my last semester of school. Many students cannot say they followed a career in their degree of study, but I was able to do so with the help and connections of the faculty at the school. UNR is a very reasonably priced institution. I was offered every resource I could possibly need. The Knowledge Center has a plethora of books, journals, movie and technical resources that helped me succeed in my studies. I am currently re-enrolled at UNR as a graduate student and a scholarship would greatly help me further my education."
Nathan Jersey
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"University of Nevada, Reno is what you make of it. It is easy to get lost in the crowd of students. If you are involved and become apart of campus life you will take much more from the school that you pay in tuition. I had a general experience with my undergraduate basic course work. I was not until I was in my last 2 years of school when I discovered the professors that would launch me into my current career."