In 2007, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas celebrated its 50th anniversary as an institution of higher education. The college began with 28 students holding classes in the dressing rooms behind the auditorium at Las Vegas High School. Those 28 students have now turned into 28,000-plus students that currently attend.
For unadmitted students, UNLV offers a non-degree seeking program that allows people to take individual courses without enrolling full time. All students at least 18 years old, with good academic standing. According to the UNLV Web site, this program applies to:
- Students who have not yet met the university admission requirements or missed the application deadline, but still wish to enroll for classes.
- A person wishing to enroll in a course for personal or professional fulfillment.
- Visiting students who want to enroll in UNLV courses and then transfer credits to their home institution.
UNLV has made recent headlines for cuts in university funding by Governor Jim Gibson. On July 21, 2008, the Las Vegas Sun reported that the University College would be dissolved as of July 2008, a four-year old academic college that served more than 2,000 students in 2007. A significant number of staff members were cut, as well as funding for current staff members. Go here for related stories on the UNLV budget cuts.