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Located in Henderson at the foot of Mount Scorpion, Nevada State College is considered one of the safest college campuses in the nation. It’s a diverse school, with more than 60% of students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Nearly as high a percentage (58%) are first-generation students. School demographics break down into 38% Latinx, 26% White, 11% Asian, and 8% Black. Additionally, 17% of undergraduates are enrolled in distance-only education, while half are enrolled in at least some online learning courses.

Overview of Nevada State College

The 511-acre campus is rural and actually quite close to Las Vegas, but there is no campus housing. Students must find lodging off-campus, but at least there are plenty of options with the city so nearby. NSC has a student population of around 5,600, of whom nearly all are undergraduates. The college isn’t particularly exclusive, as it accepts 85% of all applicants. Nearly 40% of undergraduates are age 25 or older and 36% are enrolled fulltime, with the rest attending only part-time, often while they work.

NSC offers schools of nursing, education, liberal arts, and sciences. The classes are relatively small, with a maximum of 40 students so that professors have the chance to get to know their students.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 18 to 1
Graduation Rate 19%
Year Founded 2002

Student Enrollment

Total Students5,584


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,327
Female 4,204

Graduate Student

Male 13
Female 40

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Acceptance RateNA

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Enrollment NA

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Application Fee $30
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline July 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

For a recent academic year, in-state undergraduates paid $5,663 annually in tuition and fees, while out-of-state students paid $18,162. Graduate students paid around $4,086 in tuition. Room and board are not included in these costs since there is no on-campus housing.

Roughly half of undergraduates receive some form of grant or scholarship aid, with an average award of nearly $5,000. Approximately 1,500 students receive federal Pell grants and 1,200 took out federal student loans.

With financial aid, the average net price of education is $14,750. This is the cost to students after financial aid has been fully applied and it is often higher for those from high-income households and lower for those from low-income households, based on the variability in aid these students are eligible for.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $14,073
Average Total Aid $5,756
Students Receiving Financial Aid 95%
Room & Board $9,216

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,663
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $18,162
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $9,216
  • Other - $5,552


The student faculty ratio at Nevada State College is 17 to 1, which is a bit high for the number of students enrolled, but smaller than many state schools. The retention rate for full-time students is 78% and 33% for part-time students. The overall graduation rate is low at 21%, though many students may transfer out to a different school and graduate there. NSC is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

When considering schools, you’ll want to keep certain metrics in mind, such as retention rates. This metric shows how many first-time students return to the school the following year. When a school has a low retention rate, there could be systemic issues involved, including academics or school support. Graduation rates show how many first-time students obtained their degrees within 150% of the standard program time, or six years. Low graduation rates are cause for concern if there is not an equal rate of transfer, which shows that students many be graduating elsewhere.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,930

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 60 Total Graduates / 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 51 Graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 9 Graduates
All Education Majors 57 Total Graduates / 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 32 Graduates
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 14 Graduates
History Teacher Education 8 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 61 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 61 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 38 Total Graduates / 6%
Criminal Justice/Police Science 27 Graduates
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 11 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 284 Total Graduates / 48%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 254 Graduates
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 22 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 8 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 16%

Outcome & Salary

The average salary for Nevada State College graduates is $70,000. In comparison, the average salaries of those who do not go to college and earn a college degree is nationally, $38,792. This expected average income makes the return on investment (ROI) for NSC graduates somewhere around $700,000 within 10 years. For those who did not attend college, their 10-year projected income is 379,600.

As you can see from this, NSC graduates can expect a great return if they push through to graduation.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary NA
College Grads Average Salary $70,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary NA
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $700,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential NA
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $56,292
10 Year Projected ROI $643,708
20 Year Projected ROI NA
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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