University of Nevada, Reno

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University of Nevada, Reno
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Seal of the University of Nevada, Reno.

School type Public, State-assisted
Founded 1874
Location Reno, Nevada
Campus size 255 acres (1 km²)
Enrollment (Fall 2004) 15,950
Faculty Full-time: 870
Campus surroundings Urban
Sports teams Wolf Pack
Mascot Alphie

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR or simply Nevada) is a university that is located in Reno, Nevada and is known for its programs in agricultural research, animal biotechnology, and mining-related natural sciences. Additionally, Nevada is fast becoming known for its journalism program, which has produced several Pulitzer Prize winners and for its program in seismology, which is one of the most technologically advanced in North America.

The university is also home to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which was founded in 1969. The medical school specializes in family medicine.



The University of Nevada was originally founded in Elko, Nevada in 1874 as a small, makeshift prep school that really could not be considered a true university. In 1887, the fledgling institution was moved, brick by brick, from Elko to its current home in Reno.

After several decades of struggling to implement requirements of federal Morrill land-grant legislation, the university made large strides toward becoming the modern institution it is today with the opening of the Desert Research Institute in 1960 and a medical school in 1967. The University of Nevada, Reno remained the only four-year academic institution in the state of Nevada until 1965, when the current-day University of Nevada, Las Vegas attained university status as Nevada Southern University.


Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources; the College of Business Administration; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the College of Human and Community Sciences; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Science; the Cooperative Extension Service; the Graduate School; the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering; the Reynolds School of Journalism; and the School of Medicine.

Nevada is the only university in the western hemisphere with a department of Basque studies, due to the large Basque population in northern Nevada.

The university and surrounding community is served by several campus libraries. Between them, over a million books and bound periodicals are in circulation in addition to government documents, audio-visual matierials, and various databases. The libraries are: Noble H. Getchell (main library), DeLaMare (engineering, computer science, mining, and geology), Life and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, W. M. Keck Earth Sciences and Mining Reasearch Information Center, Savitt Medical, and the Mary B. Ansari Map Library.


The campus is located on top of a large hill north of downtown Reno overlooking Truckee Meadows. Modeled in the style of Thomas Jefferson's "academic village" (most notable for its use at the University of Virginia), the campus is considered one of the prettiest in the western United States. The university's first building, Morrill Hall (completed in 1887), still stands on the historic "quad" at the campus' southern end.

The campus contains a statue of William Mackay (namesake of Nevada's Mackay School of Mines, later renamed the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering), created by Mount Rushmore designer Gutzon Borglum.

Lincoln Hall (all-male dormitory) and Manzanita Hall (all-female dormitory) were both completed in 1896, making them the oldest residence halls west of the Mississippi River.


The university prefers to be called simply Nevada for athletics purposes; its sports teams are nicknamed the Wolf Pack (two words). They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) and in the Western Athletic Conference.

In March 2004, the Wolf Pack basketball team made it into the NCAA's March Madness tournament and went all the way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the school's history. The university earned its first at-large bid to March Madness in 2004, advancing to the second round, and earned a repeat trip in 2005, beating Texas in the first round before falling to eventual national champion runner-up Illinois.

Nevada's football team plays the University of Nevada, Las Vegas annually for the Fremont Cannon in the Battle for Nevada.

The Wolf Pack's mascot is a wolf named Alphie, who took over the duties of cheering from his uncle, Wolfie, in 1999.


Nevada's student newspaper, the Sagebrush, has been in continuous publication since 1893, making it one of the oldest newspapers still in publication in the state of Nevada.

The University of Nevada's classically-styled campus has served as the setting for many movies, including:

  • Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Apartment for Peggy (1948)
  • Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
  • Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)

Notable alumni

Pulitzer Prize


Other notables

External links

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