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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.
|Campus Setting||Rural: Fringe|
|Student Faculty Ratio||18 to 1|
Top Rankings For Nevada State College
|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||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|
|Average Total Aid||$5,756|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||95%|
|Room & Board||$9,216|
- 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
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.
|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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