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Guide to Online Colleges in Nevada

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Given the largely rural aspect of the Sagebrush State, online colleges in Nevada can make higher education opportunities more accessible to a greater number of people — regardless of physical distance. Distance education options in Nevada can also give you the chance to earn a degree while continuing to work and/or raise your family.

Let's take a high-level look at what's available in terms of online colleges in Nevada:

  • Associate degree programs are available at 6 online Nevada colleges, bachelor's degree programs can be found at 10, and master's degree programs are offered at 6.
  • The most online degree programs in the state are available at Great Basin College and University of Phoenix-Nevada.
  • While 7 online colleges in Nevada are public, 5 are private including two health science colleges.
  • Several programs offered by online colleges in the state are aligned with its prominent industries, such as land surveying, metallurgical engineering, and renewable energy systems.

To support higher education attainment in Nevada, the state's 15 to Finish program is designed to assist students, including those in online programs, in completing their degrees earlier — something that can save students time and money.

For more information on the top online colleges in Nevada as well as why it's crucial to attend an accredited degree program, continue reading this page. We've also provided details on scholarship and grant opportunities that are specific to Nevada and can help you pay for your online degree program.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Here at OnlineColleges.com, we use carefully selected criteria to create multiple rankings on the best online schools in Nevada. Each of the schools included in our rankings has been accredited by bodies such as the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Learn more about accreditation by visiting our "What is College Accreditation?" page or the Nevada Department of Education.

Why do we create multiple rankings? Because different people are going to need and value different qualities in their schools. Our rankings display important data related to each school, such as the ratio of students participating in distance education, the retention rate of students and the percent of students awarded financial aid. To learn why we believe these factors are relevant to the Nevada online college experience, check out the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Nevada for 2018-19

If you're in the market for a web-based degree, it's smart to do some research before you pick a school. To make your job easier, we researched the online colleges of Nevada, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics in order to find the top 10 based on accessibility, graduation rate, number of online programs and more. For more information on our methodology for this list, see the bottom of the page. For creating your own rankings of online colleges across the U.S., see our Top Colleges Tool. For the 10 best online colleges in Nevada, read on.

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Methodology
1

Great Basin College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,015
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
82%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48
School Type
4-year

Great Basin College is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and its focus is on helping students achieve their educational goals and enter the workforce. The school is also something of a pioneer in online learning, with many of its undergraduate degree and certificate programs offered online via interactive video technology and web-based learning platforms. Some of the more interesting options available include land surveying and geomatics, medical coding and billing, graphic communication and an RN-to-BSN nursing program.

Many of Great Basin's online programs have special admission and completion requirements, so be sure to research your preferred program before applying.

2

University of Nevada-Reno

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,599
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada-Reno has been around quite long enough to become a prominent institution in the state. Not only does UNR have one of the largest enrolled student bodies of all the schools on our list, but it also has one of the largest selections of online courses for students to choose from. UNR students can take over 200 different courses in various subjects of study, including biotechnology, counseling, educational research, metallurgical engineering and more.

While UNR does not offer any fully online undergraduate programs, graduate students have multiple online options available to them, including a Master of Social Work, a graduate certificate in renewable energy or a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). And undergraduate students are still welcome to take advantage of UNR's many online courses, which can add some much-needed flexibility to a busy schedule.

3

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,665
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8
School Type
4-year

University of Nevada-Las Vegas is a thriving research university that started as a small junior college in 1957. The university works to balance its research activities with its goal of helping students exceed in their studies and careers. That dedication shows in the many academic programs they offer, as well as the many awards and accolades they have received over the years.

UNLV offers online degree and certificate programs for both graduates and undergraduates, along with many online and hybrid courses across multiple subject areas. A few of the program options at UNLV include:

  • Master of Science in executive crisis and emergency management
  • Graduate certificate in nuclear criticality safety engineering
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Advanced graduate (post doctoral) certificate in biobehavioral nursing
4

Truckee Meadows Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,075
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
2-year

Truckee Meadows Community College is an institution that focuses on certificates and personal enrichment courses for the purpose of helping its students to prepare for the workplace. Due to this hands-on, career-emphasizing outlook, the school offers many online certificate programs in uncommon subjects, such as basic game design, digital marketing, sign language, solar and wind energy and veterinary assistance.

In addition to its refreshing breadth of programs, TMCC also boasts partnerships with ed2go, UGotClass and ProTrain. These partnerships give students access to the online course catalogs of all three education partners, broadening their repertoire of courses and subjects even further.

5

Nevada State College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,131
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

While the Nevada State College campus is located near the famous Las Vegas strip, you don't have to live similarly close by to take advantage of this budding institute. Nevada State was founded in 2002, making it the newest college on this list — and as you can see, it's already making a name for itself. Even further standing out from the crowd, as of March 2018 NSC has concentrated on just one fully-online degree program: an RN-to-BSN nursing bridge degree program. Structured on the principles of Dr. Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring, this program offers multiple start times throughout the year, making it beautifully accessible for working registered nurses who are looking to earn a bachelor's degree.

6

Western Nevada College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,045
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

Since 1971, students interested in technical skills and associate degrees have been pursuing degrees, certificates, transfer courses and more at Western Nevada College. This school offers many degree and certificate programs, some of which can be earned online, as well as special "transfer programs" that may interest some students. These transfer programs are designed to correspond to the lower division general education requirements of universities such as the University of Nevada-Reno or Nevada State College. Pursuing one can help students follow a clearly outlined path for transferring to and continuing their bachelor's at one of these schools.

WNC uses Canvas as their learning platform of choice. This selection allows students to access their coursework 24/7 or reach out to technical support at any time of the day or night. Online students also have access to an online library and an online bookstore.

Affordable Online Colleges in Nevada for 2018-19

These schools in Nevada offer online degree programs at low tuition costs. To see a ranking of all online Nevada schools based on quality-based criteria instead of by tuition, check out our Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Truckee Meadows Community College$3,07542%16tmcc.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Great Basin College$3,01582%48gbcnv.edu
    Western Nevada College$3,04543%16wnc.edu
    College of Southern Nevada$3,28545%24csn.edu
    Nevada State College$5,13142%1nsc.edu
    University of Nevada-Reno$7,59922%4unr.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Nevada

If you're a Nevada resident who is planning on attending college in your home state, you should explore the various state financial aid programs that are available. Scholarships and grants are often available to students who either demonstrate academic excellence, financial need or a combination of both, while other programs are specific to those who attend a specific institution or have other affiliations. Start by exploring how Nevada scholarships and grants are helping to fund college educations.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Nevada? 

Nevada grants and scholarships can be awarded to students based on many different criteria. However, how can students know what grants or scholarships they can apply for without understanding what those criteria are? Here are some of the financial aid opportunities available to students in Nevada:

1.Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must graduate from a Nevada public or private high school with a GPA of 3.25 or higher, pass all areas of the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam and have been a resident of Nevada for at least two years in high school.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
April 3
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Ann Horvath Memorial Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an entering or current student who is a Nevada resident majoring in elementary education. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
February 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Nevada Women's Fund Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a woman and a resident of northern Nevada. Preference is given to female students at the University of Nevada & Community College System in Northern Nevada.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
February 28
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Nevada Women's Fund Scholarships
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Northern Nevada residents and those attending northern Nevada schools receive preference. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two or four year degree or certifying program, will take a minimum of 6 to 8 credits per semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
February 28
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

For guidance on how to find and apply for college grants, try our Ultimate Guide to Grants. Similar information on scholarships can be found at our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Student Loans in Nevada

Nevada financial aid is comprised of scholarship and grant programs, but when it comes to loans, students are encouraged to look into federal and private programs. While scholarships and grants are a more favorable source of funding, oftentimes loans are needed to cover any out-of-pocket expenses that are leftover between financial aid and the total cost of college.

Don't miss more on how student loans can help make college possible in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Nevada

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Nevada

Nevada has been known to be a state with low cost of living and relatively low tuition costs, especially when compared to neighboring California. With its military bases throughout the state and booming tech world in the north, Nevada attracts many out-of-state students from the western United States and beyond. Nevada is part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), which offers significant non-resident tuition breaks to students from member states.

The state's flagship university, the University of Nevada-Reno, enrolled 38 percent out-of-state students in 2018, out of a total of more than 12,000 undergraduate students. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas had 18 percent out-of-state enrollment.

If you're moving to Nevada for the sunshine, the economic opportunities, the military, the low cost of living, or any other reason, you might want to know that some schools in the Silver State have programs available to make out-of-state tuition more affordable. UNLV defines a resident, which usually means you have to reside in Nevada at least six months prior to matriculation, in several other ways, including:

  • Current or former member of the Armed Forces
  • A person who has relocated to Nevada for the primary purpose of full-time employment

Have a look at the following resources to help you figure out your tuition cost:

Be sure to talk to your admissions counselor about the cost of tuition at any of the Nevada institutions of higher education, even if you are coming from a different state. Nevada might just surprise you with its affordability.

 
Article Sources
Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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