Residency Requirements

M.D. Admissions

Criteria for Residency Status Decisions

In-State Applicant Criteria

First priority for acceptance is given to residents of Nevada.

  • An applicant who lives in Nevada for a minimum of 12 months prior to Nov. 1 of the application year.
  • Any applicant who attended any 4-year Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution and was classified as an in-state student by that institution for the purposes of tuition.
  • Any applicant, age 24 or less, whose parents are Nevada residents for a minimum of 12 months prior to November 1 of the application year
  • Any applicant who graduated from a Nevada high school.**
  • An applicant, regardless of state of residency, whose parent(s) graduated from the School of Medicine**.
  • An applicant who matriculated as a first-time freshman, completed all undergraduate coursework at, and graduated with their Bachelor's degree, from one of the NSHE 4-year institutions**.
  • Non-US citizens must have permanent resident visas and be Nevada residents to be considered.

**Please note, students in these categories who do not meet other Nevada residency criteria, may be required to pay out-of-state tuition rates.

The University of Nevada, Reno makes all final residency and tuition decisions.

Out-Of-State Applicant Criteria:

  • Applicants who are residents of the western states without medical schools (Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming).
  • Applicants who are residents of the following western states: Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah.
  • Applicants who are residents of counties that border Nevada on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada range: Alpine, El Dorado, Inyo, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, and Sierra counties.
  • Other applicants who do not meet the aforementioned criteria but demonstrate a significant connection to Nevada will be considered. Examples of connection may include relocation of a first degree family member to Nevada for work, school, or military services; or strong current family connection to Nevada communities. If you would like to be considered as having a significant connection to Nevada please be prepared to fill out a Residency Exemption Form in your Secondary Application explaining your connection. Your Residency Exemption Form is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions.
  • Note that these policies only affect consideration of the student's application as an out of state applicant and that residency determination for tuition purposes will be reviewed by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Currently up to 10 spaces in the class are open to out of state applicants. That number will increase as class sizes increase.