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UNLV is definitely a University that gives youEducation
UNLV is definitely a University that gives you an opportunity to learn. The more initiative you have, the better education you will receive. Compared to many colleges, a student can access enough information to plan there own academic career. Most Universities are heavily dependent of Counselors who do not have the chance to get to know you and your true interests. While some programs are fairly restrictive (due to course work necessary for graduation), many offer the opportunity to explore differenct areas, particularly in the first two years of attendance. I would recommend UNLV for anyone that was truly motivated to learn, because you will be responsible for you education in large part. I would also add that class scheduling was extremely flexible which made it easy for me as a working adult to complete my degree.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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After almost three years at UNLV, I likeBrightGeography and Geosciences
After almost three years at UNLV, I like this place a lot. Many students commented that UNLV is not a place to go and there are full of losers here, I would think that those comenters themselves are possibly in that category. What are you expecting for a university education? If I have to pay $60,000/year to go to Harvard, I would definitely choose to pay $6,000/year at UNLV. Many of the Professors here got their PhD from the top 10 universities in the nation and they are super friendly and helpful. If you don't approach them and waiting for them to call your name, you are not using the resources available. I visited a few UC campus and do not feel they are better than UNLV. Plus we have more beautiful girls and nicer student union, food, and library than some of the UC campus. Self confidence is a little problematic here but that's mostly from students who are waiting the university to provide them with a fame. My only complain is the university should built more and better university-owned or university-managed student dormitories within or close to the university to release the parking stress, particularly for the morning classes.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Maintenance: B
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UNLV is not a terrible university, in fact,Quite BrightBiology
UNLV is not a terrible university, in fact, it's a very good research university. If you're a science major, you will find no shortage of important, interesting, and engaging research from faculty members that contribute to their fields regularly. If you're here to get a degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, you will find excellent resources, helpful professors from brand-name schools (I've had a few from Dartmouth and Cambridge, along with one from Harvard) and tons of options to expand your knowledge.

If you're just looking to grind out a science degree, you won't be happy, but if you love science and want to gain a thorough knowledge of the field from some of the people who know it very well, this is your place.

The student body is absolutely massive at 28,000 enrolled students; unfortunately, this also means that they're extremely vocal about how much the school "sucks" - this is almost exclusively the chief complaint of business and liberal arts majors. The chief grievance is that the degrees in these majors are not worth much from UNLV and I can see why. As previously suggested, SCIENCE is UNLV's strongest asset because of their extremely active and well-endowed research facilities. As a science major, you will be happy here, and having your name all over published work looks amazing entering any scientific field.

On the other hand, if you're into liberal arts or business, I'd wager there are many better schools for you.

Campus life is very active, if you're into partying, this entire city becomes a party after 5pm, so you'll be fine on that front. The girls are beautiful, and the ethnic diversity is extremely high (from what I've heard, UNLV is among the most diverse schools in the nation).

Before attending this school, I would genuinely consider what you're interested in going to school for, if it's science or if you're a pre-med, this school will do much for you. If you're into pretty much any other major, you'll have to work extra hard to make it worth your while and give you real benefits in the long run.

The classes are actually fairly challenging and many professors at the 300-400 level are very demanding and strict, which cultivates an excellent learning environment if you're not scared of having to actually work for your degree. Also, being a research-intensive university, your classes will oftentimes be amended with some of the latest developments. Several classes I've taken gave extra attention to new techniques and developments in Cell Physiology that haven't even hit mainstream science yet, so you're ahead of the curve there.

1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Extracurricular Activities: F
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