Best Colleges in Las Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Stays on Your Transcripts

Show me the money-and the classrooms and restaurants

Known for their casino-hotels, exquisite dining experiences, and unforgettable shows along The Strip, the last thing you'd associate with Vegas is their academics. Surprisingly enough, Las Vegas has more than 25 postsecondary schools and is home to the 3rd largest community college in the United States. With an obvious advantage for hospitality and tourism students, other industries are also finding success in the City of Lights. Future chefs, cosmetologists, healthcare professionals and artists alike have also found lucrative careers in Vegas-and not by getting lucky at blackjack.

You don't have to love free booze, slot machines and loud music to have a good time in Sin City, although it doesn't hurt. There are other things to do. Ride the New York, New York rollercoaster or glide down the SlotZilla zip line that opened this year. Visit Vegas' version of the "Eiffel Tower" or Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef aquarium, where certified divers can swim with sharks. There are also 4 golf courses, over 25 parks, numerous 5 star restaurants, and countless museums. If you can learn to work hard before you play hard, the next step to your education may be in one of the most frequently visited destinations in the country, Vegas Baby!

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Best Four Year Universities in Las Vegas

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

University of Nevada-Las Vegas offers 276 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 5,417 students graduated with students earning 3,906 Bachelor's degrees, 1,075 Master's degrees, 392 Doctoral degrees, and 44 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
2 Nevada State College Henderson, NV

Nevada State College offers 30 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a large city. In 2015, 419 students graduated with students earning 419 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV

College of Southern Nevada offers 203 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 5,925 students graduated with students earning 2,965 Certificates degrees, 2,928 Associate's degrees, and 32 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM

New Mexico Highlands University offers 83 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 934 students graduated with students earning 500 Bachelor's degrees, 430 Master's degrees, 3 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 University of Phoenix-Nevada Las Vegas, NV

University of Phoenix-Nevada offers 35 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 666 students graduated with students earning 507 Bachelor's degrees, and 159 Master's degrees.

6 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV

Roseman University of Health Sciences offers 5 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 517 students graduated with students earning 323 Doctoral degrees, 140 Bachelor's degrees, 43 Master's degrees, and 11 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV

Touro University Nevada offers 14 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 726 students graduated with students earning 486 Doctoral degrees, 231 Master's degrees, and 9 Bachelor's degrees.

8 ITT Technical Institute-Las Vegas North Las Vegas, NV

ITT Technical Institute-Las Vegas offers 17 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 200 students graduated with students earning 159 Associate's degrees, and 41 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Las Vegas

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas offers 17 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 757 students graduated with students earning 567 Certificates degrees, and 190 Associate's degrees.

2 Northwest Career College Las Vegas, NV

Northwest Career College offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 237 students graduated with students earning 236 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

3 Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Las Vegas offers 4 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 138 students graduated with students earning 96 Associate's degrees, and 42 Certificates degrees.

4 Luna Community College Las Vegas, NM

Luna Community College offers 57 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 197 students graduated with students earning 111 Certificates degrees, and 86 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Nevada-Las Vegas University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
2/5
25 : 1 28,600
Nevada State College Nevada State College Henderson, NV
2/5
29 : 1 3,534
College of Southern Nevada College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
2/5
42 : 1 33,313
New Mexico Highlands University New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM
2/5
20 : 1 3,499
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 29 : 1 894
University Logo Academy of Hair Design-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 5 : 1 48
Casal Institute of Nevada Casal Institute of Nevada Las Vegas, NV 13 : 1 181
Northwest Career College Northwest Career College Las Vegas, NV 25 : 1 321
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 26 : 1 285
University Logo Utah College of Massage Therapy-Vegas Las Vegas, NV 53 : 1 370
University Logo Healthcare Preparatory Institute Las Vegas, NV 3 : 1 9
Nevada Career Institute Nevada Career Institute Las Vegas, NV 34 : 1 204
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
3/5
29 : 1 541
University Logo Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Green Valley Henderson, NV 18 : 1 155
Luna Community College Luna Community College Las Vegas, NM
1/5
57 : 1 1,481
University Logo Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin Las Vegas, NV 33 : 1 257
University Logo University of Phoenix-Nevada Las Vegas, NV
3/5
22 : 1 1,396
Roseman University of Health Sciences Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV 10 : 1 1,447
Institute of Professional Careers Institute of Professional Careers Las Vegas, NV 28 : 1 28
Touro University Nevada Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV 12 : 1 1,306
University Logo Expertise Cosmetology Institute Las Vegas, NV 5 : 1 33
American Institute of Medical Sonography American Institute of Medical Sonography Las Vegas, NV
ITT Technical Institute-Las Vegas ITT Technical Institute-Las Vegas North Las Vegas, NV
4/5
29 : 1 449
University Logo Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
4/5
15 : 1 223
Milan Institute-Las Vegas Milan Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 31 : 1 426

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Las Vegas

Questions About Going to College in Las Vegas

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Las Vegas?

At the start of 2016, Las Vegas’ unemployment rate was about 1% higher than the U.S. average. That being said, over the last year, Las Vegas has seen quicker than average job growth. Tourism, gaming, and entertainment are Las Vegas’ anchor industries, reigning as the king of employment for the area. Other top industries, which may be a bit surprising, include aerospace, manufacturing, and information technology.

Growing industries? What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Las Vegas?

In Las Vegas, hotel and restaurant managers, event planners and interior designers are in high-demand since tourism, gaming and entertainment are Las Vegas’ bread and butter. Another hot industry? Solar. According to a recent report from the Solar Foundation, of all 50 states, Nevada tops the charts for the most solar jobs available per capita. A reputation for quick permitting, attracts businesses to North Las Vegas' new Apex Industrial Park, which has captured the attention of many large-scale employers, including an anonymous one with over 2,000 employees.

Is Las Vegas more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

Sin City doesn’t exactly scream settle down, but despite its bad boy reputation, many areas offer affordable homes and family-friendly communities. Northwestern communities like Iron Mountain Ranch or El Capitan Ranch offer some distance from the hustle and bustle of the strip with lots of custom homes built on large lots. Or pick a place in southeastern Vegas and be close to the strip, Lake Mead, and McCarran airport.

What do the locals in Las Vegas like to do for fun?

Living in one of the world’s top tourists destinations means running out of things to do in Las Vegas won’t ever cross your mind. Weekends are a chance to vacation in your own backyard with access to world-famous shows, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind experiences. See Calvin Harris at Hakkasan, indulge in a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity, or take a trip to the Grand Canyon. Plus, locals often enjoy special pricing and access to insider experiences visitors never even hear about.

What's the dating scene like in Las Vegas? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Meeting people in Vegas isn’t a challenge. Meeting someone dateable who actually lives in the city? That’s a different story. If you’re serious about settling down, your best bets are online dating or meeting someone through work or friends so that you ensure they don’t live a world away. That being said, once you do find someone to go out with, there’s no city with cooler date options than Las Vegas.

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