The University of Nevada – Reno is the main campus of the University of Nevada system. It was founded in 1874 and is the oldest university in Nevada. A land-grant university, it is ranked at No. 100 in U.S. News & World Report's top public schools in the U.S. Included in its programs is the University of Nevada Reno online, which is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report for being a top online university; more specifically, it is recognized for its online education programs and online nursing programs. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU), it provides online degree opportunities at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral educational levels. Some of the degrees the University of Nevada online offers students are in business administration, educational psychology, justice management, or nursing practice.
Another of Nevada's NCCU accredited online universities, Western Nevada College (WNC) is a public college that was founded in 1971. There are three WNC campuses, located in Carson City (main campus), Minden, and Fallon, as well as six centers, located in Fernley, Hawthrone, Lovelock, Smith Valley, and Yerington. WNC primarily offers associate degrees in applied science, arts, general studies, and science, but also offers a bachelor's program in technology. Every semester, WNC offers online, or "Web classes," that allow students to complete courses towards their chosen degree. Examples of some of these courses are pre-calculus, real estate principles, general psychology, and medical terminology.
The College of Southern Nevada is the largest college in Nevada, allowing its more than 42,000 students to choose between 200 degrees and certificates in over 120 discipline areas. It has three locations: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, in addition to several centers throughout the state. The College of Southern Nevada also offers online degrees, giving students the option of 30 degree and certificate online programs. These consist of Associates of Arts, Business, Science, General Studies, and Applied Science degrees, as well as Bachelors of Science and Applied Science degrees. The College of Southern Nevada's Online Campus has more than 8,000 students and is accredited by the NCCU.
Nevada's leading industries are mining and tourism. Those interested in the mining industry might seek online degrees in engineering, geology, or management. But tourism is the main draw in Nevada, especially in Las Vegas. This means that entertainment and gambling establishments, hotels, and restaurants have a huge need for employees with specialized skills, and that employees with said skills have opportunities for job growth. As such, Nevada citizens who hope to work in Nevada's tourism industry have a very wide range of online degree options. A few of these are hotel management, restaurant management, hospitality and tourism management, and business management.
In recent years, an online education has become an increasingly popular means for busy adults and professionals to earn their degrees. Online degree programs allow students to complete their courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere that is convenient for them. It is not just the convenience factor that opens up a whole world of options to students, however; it is the huge selection of degrees from which students can choose. It is impossible for a traditional college or university to offer every, single possible degree, as there are thousands of them. Thus, many traditional students find themselves settling for a degree their chosen school offers. Online students, on the other hand, have more of a choice because they can attend any school that offers their desired degree program because there are no geographic constraints to earning your education online.