Nevada, University of

Nevada, University of

      public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Nevada, U.S., comprising campuses in Reno and Las Vegas. It is part of the University and Community College System of Nevada. The Reno campus, established as a land-grant college, offers about 65 undergraduate degree programs, about 60 master's degree programs, and about 30 doctoral degree programs. Notable among its schools and colleges are the Mackay School of Mines and the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism; there are also schools of medicine and nursing. Research facilities on the campus include the Center for Basque Studies, the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, the Center for Strategic Materials Research and Policy Study, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, the Senator Alan Bible Center for Applied Research, and the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies. There are approximately 12,000 students enrolled at the Reno branch.

      Among the 12 schools and colleges at the Las Vegas campus are the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. There are more than 80 fields of undergraduate and 75 fields of graduate study. Research facilities include the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment, the International Gaming Institute, the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and the Hospitality Research and Development Center. Enrollment at Las Vegas is approximately 20,000.

      The University of Nevada was established as a college preparatory school in Elko in 1874. It relocated to Reno in 1885 and reopened in 1887, when it began providing collegiate course work. Nevada was one of 69 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862, and, as such, initially emphasized a curriculum of agriculture, mining, and mechanic arts. The Las Vegas branch was founded as a formal division of the university in 1957. Noteworthy alumni of the university include Abraham Lincoln Battalion commander Robert Hale Merriam, the reformer and feminist Anne Henrietta Martin (Martin, Anne Henrietta), and golfer Patty Sheehan.

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