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University of Nevada, Reno

Program Overview 

Location: Reno, Nevada
Culture: Student and sports-centric, all-American
Neighborhood: College town, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was founded in 1874 and offers SAF Scholars a classically American college experience. From its lively Division 1 sports games to its cozy traditional campus dormitories and its hands-on, participation-driven approach to education, UNR has it all.

UNR is a university solely focused on student success, having invested more than $36 million dollars into the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center, which brings faculty, staff and students together under one roof, where they mingle in gathering spaces, meet in “collaboration rooms” and access resource centers.

The city of Reno, Nevada, where the university is located, is home to parks, museums, and entertainment. Outdoor activities, such as hiking, are extremely popular in Nevada. With UNR being a university of traditions, its students since the 1920s have hiked up Peavine Mountain near campus to paint an “N” on it as a show of university pride.

Student Profile

Academically, SAF Scholars who would be a right fit for the university would have an interest in any of the following departments:

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, Desert Research Institute, Division of Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary, which includes Medieval and Renaissance, Nanotechnology, Cybersecurity, Basque Studies, and the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Social, outdoorsy SAF Scholars interested in an all-American college experience would also enjoy this program.

Other Programs at University

Concurrent, Progression

Other Comparable Programs

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (Late August - Late December)
Spring (Late January - Early May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Students who wish to transfer from IELC to Academic studies at UNR can do so by receiving a recommendation from IELC or receiving an English proficiency sc ore required by the university 61 iBT, 500 PBT, or IELTS 6.0.

Students who receive a recommendation from IELC or have a TOEFL score of less than 100 are required to take the Bridge English Test, which tests reading, writing, listening, and speaking. From these results it can be recommended or required for students to take additional English classes.

Program Strengths

University of Nevada Reno feels like a large university in a smaller setting. Although one of the nations top public research universities, UNR is small enough for students to connect one-on-one with professors. This is a great opportunity for SAF Scholars to have more of an individualized plan when studying academic coursework.

If enrolling in a progression or concurrent program the University is very willing to work with scholars and make sure that each of their individual needs are met, while also being a solid support system.

# of Credits (per term)

SAF Scholars must enroll and maintain a minimum 12 – 18 credit hours per semester. 12 credit hours is the common credit load for visiting students.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Some classes may require a "department consent" or a request for pre-requisite/full-course overrides.

Course/Departmental Restrictions


Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are not available at Nevada Reno


Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


Meal Plan D which covers 10 meals per week

Type of Room

Double or triple
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

4 things SAF Scholars would love about Reno:
  1. Skiing. More than a dozen world class ski resorts are less than an hour away.
  2. Athletics. Exciting Mountain West Conference action.
  3. Culture. The Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned artists to campus.
  4. Variety. Lake Tahoe's hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and skiing are just 30 minutes away.

Life on Campus

SAF Scholars have access to more than 250 clubs and organizations on campus, from sports to hobbies to politics. The student union offers scholars a place to relax, eat and watch a movie.

Last Updated: 1/9/19