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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

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1998

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

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1999

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

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2000

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

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2001

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

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2002

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

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2003

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

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2004

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

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2005

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

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2006

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

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2007

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

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2008

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

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2010

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

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2011

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

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2012

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

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2013

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

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2014

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

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2015

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

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2016

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

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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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