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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.

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OUR HISTORY

Nevada State College school gate drawing
1998

Around a kitchen table, Henderson leaders envision a four-year state college to train teachers.

Two people talking in front of microphones during board meeting
1999

We’re approved and established by the Nevada Board of Regents!

Group of people in large empty white wall room
2000

The University of Nevada, Reno is named our sponsoring institution.

Older gentleman standing in front of NSC Dawson Building
2001

A former vitamin company is repurposed as our first campus building with state funding.

Front entrance of NSC Dawson Building
2002

Our doors are opened in the fall to 177 students learning in three classrooms and a library.

Two people in golf cart
2003

We grew 222% to 569 enrolled students in just one year!

First Graduating class of NSC throwing up caps
2004

Our first graduating class of 13 students celebrated commencement in May.

Man in suit speaking on microphone at event
2005

Dr. Fred Maryanski, president, spearheaded a master plan for the college.

Picture of NSC employees at commencement ceremony
2006

Four years later, we’re just shy of 2,000 students!

NSC donors using shovels to dig in plot of land for new building
2007

Groundbreaking on the new Liberal Arts & Sciences Building ushers in a new era.

People looking at art on walls at fancy event
2008

We’re here to stay! The LAS building opens as we celebrated our fifth anniversary.

Nevada State College event with students
2010

At nearly 3,000 students, we’re growing fastest in the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Nevada State College grand opening
2011

We’re accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

NSC Mascot, Scotty the Scorpion
2012

Bart Patterson is named president. SCOTTY the Scorpion becomes mascot to 3,200 students.

Group photo of NSC executive leaders at Spirit Week Bowling with Bart event
2013

Two new buildings were approved for nursing, education, student activities, and leadership.

NSC President, Bart Patterson posing with NSC mascot
2014

Our first post-baccalaureate certificate program partners students with the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Students walking around in new NSC building
2015

Dr. Amber Howerton, with UNLV faculty, earns a five-year, $3.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Group photo of NSC rowing team
2016

We broke commencement records with 403 graduates, and surpassed 3,000 alumni!

Large group photo of Dreamers and allies
2017

Named second-fastest growing public baccalaureate college in the nation from 2005-15, we also earned a $2.7 million federal Hispanic-Serving Institution grant.

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2018

At more than 4,200 students, our momentum continues as we complete our 15th academic year.

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