What is an R1 university?
R1 is the gold standard for university research classifications. The R1 designation signifies “very high research activity” and it is the highest possible tier a doctoral research university can achieve in the Carnegie Classification, the leading framework for classifying the research activities of U.S. universities.
Why is UNLV one of the top research universities in the U.S.?
UNLV first reached R1 classification in 2018. Our research has captured international headlines. Mechanical Engineering Professor H. Jeremy Cho and his research team, through a process called atmospheric water harvesting, are studying ways to capture water vapor from the air to transform it into drinkable water; and our geoscientists identified the first-ever mineral from Earth’s lower mantle. We are also graduating more students with doctoral degrees, and bolstering the number of non-faculty researchers in sciences and health.