LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been included among a list of elite-level universities, according to the Carnegie Classification.
Carnegie, based at Indiana University, released its list of 120 schools reaching the status of R1: Doctoral University with very high research activity.
R1 schools had to have awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees and had at least $5 million in research spending.
"This achievement is validation of the commitment and efforts of many individuals, and a step along our journey for UNLV to be the very best it can be," UNLV President Marta Meana said in a statement.
UNLV is the first public university in Nevada to reach a designation of R1.
The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce celebrated the news, saying the designation would "help UNLV compete for more research grants that can help improve quality of life, as well as attract top level research faculty and graduate students."
UNLV joins 119 other universities to earn R1 status, including Harvard, Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA and Yale.