Nevada State College is the first four-year state college within the Nevada System of Higher Education and represents the establishment of a new state college tier situated between Nevada’s two universities (University of Nevada Reno and University of Nevada Las Vegas) and four community colleges (College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College). The college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in and outside the classroom.
At Nevada State College, excellence fosters opportunity. Excellence in teaching leads to innovative, technology-rich learning opportunities that promote the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Quality, affordable four-year degree programs open the door to career success and enhanced quality of life for a diverse population of students. Our graduates, in turn, foster the greatest opportunity – the promise of a stronger community and a better future for all of Nevada.
Nevada State’s core values are represented by the acronym iTeach. The college community defines these values (teaching excellence holds the most importance as symbolized by its capitalized format) as follows:
We are a community of educators bound by our passion for teaching and serving our students in an environment that fosters creative and effective approaches to learning.
- Teaching excellence
We believe, without exception, that our most important endeavor is providing our students with an exemplary education.
- Economic Development
We are committed to enhancing Nevada’s economy by serving as an engine for growth and diversification and by providing students with opportunities for economic success.
We practice an approach to education that instills in ourselves and our students the value of reflection, continual improvement and accountability.
- Customer Service
We settle for nothing short of remarkable service and satisfaction for our students and other campus constituents.
We embrace unique qualities and characteristics that make us who we are as individuals and as a community.
NSC’s developing 509-acre campus is located in the southeast corner of the City of Henderson, on the sloping foothills of the McCullough mountain range. The College’s projected long-term enrollment, at full campus build-out, calls for 25,000 students (headcount). The second NSC campus is located in downtown Henderson on Water Street.
School of Education
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
School of Nursing
Selected Academic Programs
Biology, Business Administration, Communication (minor), Counseling (minor), Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Environmental & Resource Science, Ethnic Studies (minor), Gerontology (minor), History, Integrated Studies, Mathematics (minor), Public Administration (Law Enforcement), Nursing, Psychology, Secondary Education, Sociology (minor), Speech Pathology, and Visual Media.
Nevada State College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
Enrollment (Fall 2011)
Student Demographics (Fall 2011)
|Race / Ethnicity
|American Indian or Alaska Native
|Black or African American
|Hispanics of Any Race
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
|Race and Ethnicity Unknown
|Two or More Races
|Out of State
Alumni (since 2004)
Close to 85% of Nevada State College’s alumni live and work in Nevada.
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), one of the most comprehensive assessment tools of effective practices in higher education, 90 percent of NSC’s first-year students feel that the college places substantial emphasis on academics, and over 85 percent of these same student say their faculty are available, helpful and sympathetic. Both ratings are well above the national average.
Tuition & Fees
For current tuition and fees, see Tuition
Annual Operating Budget (2012-2013)
Gifts to NSC (since 2000)
|| $ 300,000
Bart Patterson, President
Erika Beck, Provost and Executive Vice President
Buster Neel, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
Spencer Stewart, Associate Vice President, College Relations
Russ Raker, Associate Vice President, Office of Development
Elizabeth Hawthorn, School of Education
Andy Kuniyuki, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Sherrilyn Coffman, School of Nursing
Full-time Faculty, Staff & Administrators