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Brian Sandoval, University of Nevada, Reno president, revealed UNR has drastically risen in its rankings by “several nationally respected publications,” including the U.S. News and World Report and others, in a press release sent out on Wednesday.

“The rankings speak to the quality of our University in terms of our student experience and outcomes, faculty achievements, and our ability to impactfully engage with the many diverse communities that we serve,” said Sandoval in the press release  “Our University has always emphasized quality, accessibility and diversity and it is clear that our exceptional students, faculty and staff are delivering on all of these aspects,”.

UNR was ranked at No. 195 this year in National Universities — a large jump from its No. 263 in 2022 — and ranked at No. 106 in Top Public Schools. The university tied with East Carolina University, Russell Sage College, Touro University and University of Louisville in the National Universities category and East Carolina University and University of Louisville in the Top Public Schools category.

The universities in the National Universities category offer a variety of undergraduate majors, master’s programs and doctoral programs and “are committed to producing groundbreaking research,” according to U.S. News.

In The Wall Street Journal’s Best U.S. Colleges Ranking 2024, they ranked UNR in their listing at No. 209 out of 400 schools. The WSJ’s rankings are based on student outcomes such as graduation rates, learning environments and student experience. WSJ takes survey responses from students into account and diversity for those factors.

The New York Times’ College-Access Index, which ranks the “most-selective” universities based on their economic diversity by analyzing the amount of students who utilize the Pell Grant, ranked the university at No. 48. According to Sandoval, only three other land-grant institutions ranked higher than UNR. 

The Washington Monthly’s 2023 National University Ranking placed UNR at No. 204 out of 442 schools. The Washington Monthly’s rankings include four-year institutions and they base their rankings off of public good that institutions have done in three different categories, including social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service. 

Sandoval says these rankings reflect the progress while holding true to their land-grant mission and said “thank you” for the impactful work of the campus community “in such a way that lives are transformed and dreams can be realized. “.

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