Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Nevada State College is the realization of results from a 1997 study by the Nevada Legislature that determined the educational needs of Southern Nevada residents were not being adequately met. By 2002 NSC had opened its doors under acting president Dr. Christine Chairsell to 177 students, with the first 13 students graduating in May of 2004. As Nevada’s first four-year public college, Nevada State College has experienced a great deal of growth in a relatively short amount of time with current enrolments of around 2,000 students per semester. In 2008 the opening of the Liberal Arts and Sciences building, Nevada State College’s first permanent building, was a meaningful milestone for the College. The 42,000-square-foot facility contains faculty offices, labs and classrooms.
Located just 15 miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip, Nevada State College’s 509-acre campus is nestled into the southern foothills of Henderson, Nevada. The campus is a portion of the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002, when the land was given by the US Congress to the Nevada System of Higher Education and the City of Henderson for the College’s creation. Henderson is a small, family-oriented, Mojave Desert community, with pleasant sunny weather 300 days a year and a cool average temperature of 66 degrees. Students enjoy a picturesque view of Las Vegas Valley while on campus, and can expect campus infrastructure to continue growing over the coming years to include not just the Liberal Arts & Sciences building, but student and faculty housing, a medical clinic, and retail and food vendors. Additionally, a Nevada State College satellite campus is located in downtown Henderson.