The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada, the University of Nevada, or UNR) is a public land-grant research university in Reno, Nevada. It is the state's flagship public university and primary land grant institution. It was founded on October 12, 1874, in Elko, Nevada.
|State University of Nevada (1874–1881)|
Nevada State University (1881–1906)
University of Nevada (1906–1969)
|Motto||Omnia Pro Patria (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"All For Our Country"|
|Type||Public land-grant research university|
|Established||October 12, 1874|
|Nevada System of Higher Education|
|Endowment||$458.0 million (2022)|
|Students||20,718 (Fall 2020)|
|Campus||Large City, 200 acres (0.81 km2)|
|Other campuses||Incline Village|
|Newspaper||The Nevada Sagebrush|
|Colors||Navy blue and silver|
|NCAA Division I FBS – Mountain West|
University of Nevada Historic District
|Location||Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada|
|Area||290 acres (117.4 ha) (entire campus)|
40 acres (16 ha) (historic district)
|Architectural style||Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Second Empire, Jeffersonian Revival|
|NRHP reference No.||87000135|
|Added to NRHP||February 25, 1987|
The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. According to the National Science Foundation, the university spent $144 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 139th in the nation. The university has a medical school. The university is also home to the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism. It has graduated six Pulitzer Prize winners.
The Nevada State Constitution established the State University of Nevada in Elko on October 12, 1874. In 1881, it became Nevada State University. In 1885, the Nevada State University moved from Elko to Reno. In 1906, it was renamed the University of Nevada.
The University of Nevada remained the only four-year academic institution in the state of Nevada until 1965, when the Nevada Southern campus (now the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) separated into its own university. In 1969, the university's name was changed to the University of Nevada, Reno to distinguish from the new institution in Las Vegas.
Bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs are offered through:
In addition, the university maintains and sponsors many centers, institutes & facilities.
The university and surrounding community is served by several campus libraries. The libraries are:
- Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library). Opened on August 11, 2008, it was a $75.3 million project which began in September 2005. It replaced the Getchell library.
- Basque Library (housed in separate section of the Knowledge Center)
- Special Collections and University Archives (3rd floor of the Matthewson IGT-Knowledge Center)
- DeLaMare Library (engineering, physical sciences, computer science, mining, and geology)
- Mary B. Ansari Map Library (housed in basement of DeLaMare)
- Savitt Medical Library
- Nell J. Redfield Learning and Resource Center (education library and resources)
Rankings and reputation Edit
|THE / WSJ||348|
|U.S. News & World Report||195|
|U.S. News & World Report||782|
In 2022, Forbes rated the University 184 overall among universities while University of Nevada, Las Vegas by comparison ranked 303rd. A significant and noteworthy jump in the rankings since Forbes analysis in years prior.
For 2020, Washington Monthly ranked UNR 138th among 389 national universities in the U.S. based on its contribution to the public good, as measured by social mobility, research, and promoting public service.
Early construction Edit
The university's first building, Morrill Hall, was completed in 1887 and still stands on the historic quad at the campus' southern end. The hall is named after U.S. Senator Justin Morrill, author of the 1862 Land-Grant College Act.
Lincoln Hall (all-male residence) and Manzanita Hall (all-female residence) were both opened in 1896. While Lincoln was under construction, boys were housed in the building which had previously held the now-defunct Bishop Whitaker's School for Girls, which had shuttered in 1894.
The Quad Edit
The tree-lined Quad is located in the southern part of the campus, surrounded by Morrill Hall and the Mackay School of Mines. This quadrangle is modeled after Thomas Jefferson's at the University of Virginia.
The herbarium at the University of Nevada, Reno is made up of the herbarium of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (College of Agriculture) and the herbarium of the Biology Department. They have operated as one unit since 1978. Among those who worked at the herbarium were Patrick Beveridge Kennedy and Amos Arthur Heller at the experiment station and Philip Augustus Lehenbauer, Dwight Billings, Hugh Nelson Mozingo, Ira La Rivers and William Andrew Archer at the biology department.
Mackay Stadium Edit
The football team plays at Mackay Stadium, The modern Mackay Stadium was completed in 1966 with a seating capacity of 7,500. The facility has been expanded several times in the last 15 years and now seats 27,000.
E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center Edit
The University of Nevada began construction of a new 108,000 square foot fitness center in June 2015. Named the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center, it opened in February 2017. Students' use of the fitness center is included in annual tuition and fees. The fitness center has four floors and includes a gym with three basketball courts, areas for weightlifting, cardio training, fitness classes, stadium stairs and an indoor running track. The project had a $46 million cost.
Since its creation in the fall of 2008, the University of Nevada, Reno's Sustainability Committee has been gathering information on various aspects of campus sustainability and beginning the development of a plan for creating a more sustainable campus. Significant efforts are made towards recycling and keeping the campus green. Many university buses run on bio-diesel fuels. The bicycle program has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle users. The university's Food Services has made a commitment of 1% of the meal plan revenue to go towards funding sustainable initiatives on campus. In order to reduce energy use, UNR has installed solar panels on the Joe Crowley Student Union and built its first LEED accredited building. The University of Nevada has been ranked among the nation's most sustainable colleges, receiving an overall grade of "B+" on the Sustainable Endowment Institute's College Sustainability Report Card 2010.
The university is simply called Nevada for athletics purposes. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Wolf Pack (always two words). They participate in the NCAA's Division I (FBS for football) and in the Mountain West Conference.
Men's basketball Edit
In March 2004, the Wolf Pack Men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. The team earned a repeat trip in 2005 and beat Texas in the first round before falling to eventual national runner-up Illinois. The team returned for 2006 as a No. 5 seed but was upset in the first round by former Big Sky Conference rival Montana. They began the 2006–07 season ranked #24. The Pack's major star during this recent period of success was Nick Fazekas. In 2007, Nevada was ranked No. 9 in men's basketball, which is the highest ranking that Nevada has ever held. Coach Mark Fox took over after Trent Johnson left in 2004 to coach at Stanford University. On April 3, 2009, it was announced that David Carter would replace Fox who decided to leave Nevada for the same position at the University of Georgia.
The football team, currently coached by Ken Wilson, plays at Mackay Stadium. The modern Mackay Stadium replaced its predecessor and was completed in 1966 with a seating capacity of 7,500. The facility has been expanded several times in its history and now seats 30,000. In 2005, Nevada won a share of the WAC Title. The 2010 season saw Nevada at its best finishing the season ranked No. 11 in the AP and No. 13 in the BCS, stunning Boise State, 34–31, and costing the Broncos a possible shot at the BCS title, to win another share of the WAC Title.
Conference affiliations Edit
Previous conference memberships include:
Student media Edit
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Nevada's editorially independent, weekly student newspaper is The Nevada Sagebrush. It comes out every Tuesday afternoon, and employs more than 40 people, 25 full-time. Prior to 2004, the newspaper called itself simply the Sagebrush.
The newspaper was given an Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award for work completed during the 2007–2008, 2008–2009, 2011–2012 and most recently, 2014–15, school years. The newspaper won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008 and 2009.
Notable alumni and faculty Edit
Film history Edit
The University of Nevada's classically styled campus has served as the setting for many movies, including:
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- "Sustainability Committee Information". University of Nevada, Reno. Archived from the original on August 3, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Campus Sustainability: Food". University of Nevada, Reno. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Campus Sustainability: Energy". University of Nevada, Reno. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Nevada Today". University of Nevada, Reno. October 7, 2009. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- "College Sustainability Report Card 2010". Sustainable Endowments Institute. Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
- "Fresno State, Nevada to remain in WAC until 2012". ESPN. October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "College Scorecard: University of Nevada-Reno". United States Department of Education. Archived from the original on June 14, 2022. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
- "ACP - 2015 Newspaper Pacemaker". studentpress.org. Associated Collegiate Press. 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
- "Nevada Sagebrush nominated for Pacemaker award". Reynolds School of Journalism. University of Nevada, Reno. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Campus on the Hill: A walking tour of the University of Nevada". Delamare.unr.edu. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- Official website
- University of Nevada Athletics website
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. NV-18, "University of Nevada (Site Plan), Evans, Virginia & Ninth Street, Reno, Washoe County, NV", 1 measured drawing
- HABS No. NV-18-A, "University of Nevada, Reno, Dairy Building, North of East Ninth Street, Reno, Washoe County, NV", 20 photos, 10 data pages, 2 photo caption pages
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