Best Value Colleges in Nevada

Nevada may be better known for its gambling, gaming and nightlife than for its educational opportunities, but if you have your heart set on attending a Nevada college, the College ROI Report can guide you toward the schools that provide the highest return on investment.

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Rank
School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
18.3%8.2%9.7%9.4%$363,000$360,000$383,000$380,000$91,500$94,50054%5$24,40029%
1University of Nevada-Reno(In-State)
Annual ROI8.3%
Annual ROI8.2%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI9.4%
20 Year Net ROI$363,000
20 Year Net ROI$360,000
20 Year Net ROI$383,000
20 Year Net ROI$380,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,500
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,400
Grant Money Received29%
28.1%7.9%9.4%9.2%$335,000$332,000$355,000$352,000$89,700$93,00041%5$22,20041%
2University of Nevada-Las Vegas(In-State)
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.2%
20 Year Net ROI$335,000
20 Year Net ROI$332,000
20 Year Net ROI$355,000
20 Year Net ROI$352,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Total 4 Year Cost$93,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$22,200
Grant Money Received41%
35.8%5.7%6.6%6.4%$307,000$304,000$327,000$324,000$147,000$150,00054%5$24,40029%
3University of Nevada-Reno(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.7%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI6.4%
20 Year Net ROI$307,000
20 Year Net ROI$304,000
20 Year Net ROI$327,000
20 Year Net ROI$324,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,400
Grant Money Received29%
45.5%5.4%6.3%6.1%$280,000$276,000$300,000$296,000$145,000$149,00041%5$22,20041%
4University of Nevada-Las Vegas(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI6.1%
20 Year Net ROI$280,000
20 Year Net ROI$276,000
20 Year Net ROI$300,000
20 Year Net ROI$296,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$22,200
Grant Money Received41%
53.8%3.9%6.7%6.7%$210,000$211,000$287,000$288,000$186,000$185,00035%4$29,30036%
5Sierra Nevada College(Private)
Annual ROI3.8%
Annual ROI3.9%
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.7%
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
20 Year Net ROI$287,000
20 Year Net ROI$288,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,300
Grant Money Received36%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

Despite its rather large geographical size, the Silver State isn’t home to very many major universities and colleges. However, students attending schools here can take advantage of some great values for college education. Depending on where they go, they may also enjoy easy access to the excitement of Las Vegas. Whether you’re interested in attending school in the Silver State because you were born and raised there or simply because of the great values that are to be had, consider using PayScale’s data to research the best value colleges in Nevada before you apply.

Only a couple of Nevada schools appear in our list of Nevada College ROI Report rankings. Founded in 1874, University of Nevada at Reno’s College of Engineering is on the forefront of research, particularly when it comes to civil engineering. The school’s leading programs include environmental literature, social sciences and journalism. Its MBA program is also highly regarded. The school reliably delivers a college return on investment Nevada residents benefit from, so it’s a great option regardless of which career path you’re interested in pursuing. Its classically styled campus is located just north of downtown Reno and overlooks the Truckee Meadows. Accomplished alumni of the school, which boasts nine colleges and nine schools, include several U.S. senators, representatives and Nevada governors.

With more than 220 programs of study, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas — or UNLV — is among the best value colleges Nevada students graduate from. Located in Paradise, NV, it’s less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Students enjoy access to more than 250 organizations and clubs. With innovative options like the highly regarded William Harrah College of Hotel Administration, UNLV provides the value of college education Nevada residents demand.


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