Southern Nevada’s Higher Education System

Southern Nevada’s institutions of higher education help train the workforce the region needs for the 21st century global economy. 


From research institutions like the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Desert Research Institute to teaching colleges and medical and technical skills, Southern Nevada’s robust higher education system helps lead the region’s education and higher education.

Below, find a list of the region’s largest public and non-profit higher education and research institutions.

Institution Name Enrollment Institution Description
ccsn-logo 42,747 The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is a one of the largest community college & workforce training institutions in the United States. The college offers dozens of certificate and associate degree programs, as well as four-year degrees in Dental Hygiene, Cardio-respiratory Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Sciences. Find out more by visiting
UNLV-186 28,515 Founded in 1957, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is the biggest university in Southern Nevada. This campus has an enrollment of over 28,000 students, and has been ranked the sixth most diverse campuses for undergraduate students in the United States. UNLV is recognized globally for its programs in creative writing, hotel administration, law, and dental medicine. UNLV’s Boyd School of Law is currently ranked 84th in the nation and eighty percent of their graduates pass the Nevada Bar Exam on their first attempt.  Find more information about the University of Nevada, Las Vegas by visiting
nevada-state-college 2,988 Founded in 2002, Nevada State College is one of the newest higher education institutions in Nevada. Focusing on helping their students find jobs in the real world, Nevada State College offers 35 degree programs and serves a student body of nearly 3,000. For many students, Nevada State is an affordable, high quality option for attaining a four year degree. For more information about Nevada State College, visit
 2,915 WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is open to all qualified Nevada residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
Touro University  1,419 Established in 2004, Touro University of Health Sciences is an institution that focuses on supplying its students with the education they need to excel in a career in the medical field. With a student body of nearly 1,500 students, Touro University of Health Sciences is able to provide their students with the attention they need to thrive in a competitive environment.  Find more information about Touro University of Health Sciences by visiting
Roseman University 917 Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit institution with two campuses in Henderson and Summerlin. Roseman University provides rigorous education in health sciences, and currently offers degrees from four programs which includes nursing and dental medicine. In 2017, Roseman will be opening an all new allopathic medical school at its Summerlin campus.  For more information about Roseman University of Health Sciences, visit
National University 487 Founded in 1971, National University is a non-profit institution based in California with a satellite campus in Henderson. National University offers affordable degrees and provide a competitive environment for their students to thrive.  To find out more information about National University, visit
Desert Research institute The Desert Research Institute is a leading scientific institution that focuses on improving the global environment through innovative scientific research. With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, their goal is to bring on-board young scientific minds to help improve the global landscape. For more information about the Desert Research Institute visit
Embry-Riddle_Aeronautical_University_Seal The world’s pre-eminent university for aviation and aerospace, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University now has a campus on Nellis Air Force Base. This prestigious private non-profit university offers Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s programs, as well as certificate programs in aviation maintenance and information assurance. To find out more information about the Embry-Riddle Las Vegas campus, visit


Below, find a list of the region’s largest private for-profit higher education institutions.

Institution Name Enrollment Institution Description
uop-logo 3,169 A large for-profit higher education company, the University of Phoenix offers its students with the chance to attain a higher education that is convenient for them. To learn more about the University of Phoenix, visit
Art_Institute_Logo 1,043 The Art Institute of Las Vegas is a for-profit higher education company that provides students with the opportunity to hone their creative skills. The Institute offers four areas of study which include design and fashion. To learn more about The Art Institute of Las Vegas, visit
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Pima Medical Institute is a national for-profit medical institution that helps students achieve a degree in the medical field. Founded in 1972, Pima Medical Institute provides students with hands on training to provide them with the chance to lead in their medical profession. For more information about Pima Medical Institute, visit
LCB College 757 Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts provides students the opportunity to sharpen their culinary skills from experienced chefs. To learn more about Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, visit