Like many private colleges and universities, SNU has traditionally relied on tuition to support most of its operations. Because maintaining the necessary enrollment levels is a vulnerable long-term business model, the SNU Board of Trustees determined that SNU ‘s financial future was no longer sustainable based on this model. The board needed to make major strategic changes, both to serve the needs of current and future students and to preserve the Incline Village campus for higher education.

The SNU Board of Trustees approached UNR in June 2021 regarding the transfer of academic assets and operations to UNR. The SNU Board of Trustees and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents approved this acquisition in July 2021. In December 2021, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the regional accrediting body for both UNR and SNU, approved UNR’s Substantive Change Proposal, authorizing UNR and SNU to move forward with the acquisition process.

UNR and SNU have informed the U.S. Department of Education that the Change in Ownership will occur on July 1, 2022.

At this time, the low-residency MFA Interdisciplinary Arts degree program will continue largely unchanged. We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for the upcoming Summer Residency 2022. Start the application process today, as our priority deadline is April 22, 2022.


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