2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Nevada

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Nevada Badge

There are four community colleges in the state of Nevada that grant online associate degrees and certificates. Ranked #1, Great Basin College costs just $3,247 per year and offers a wide variety of online degrees, including 20 online associate degrees. Truckee Meadows Community College, ranked #2, has an even greater selection of online degrees. Students have 15 options, including an AA in Anthropology and an AAS in Business.

View our methodology for more details or learn more about OnlineU.

Start Your Online College Search:
OnlineU has over 200 partner colleges that advertise on our site. Search results include only our partner colleges, which are marked with the word "Ad." Learn more about how we make money.
RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Great Basin College $3,247 Elko
# 2 #2 Truckee Meadows Community College $3,082 Reno
# 3 #3 Western Nevada College $3,083 Carson City
# 4 #4 College of Southern Nevada $3,082 Las Vegas

2020 Online Community Colleges in Nevada - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Great Basin College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,247
  • Locations: Elko
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Established in 1967, Great Basin College is based in Elko, Nevada. This community college offers a long list of online associate degrees, including an Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship and an Associate of Arts in Graphic Communication. Also offered are seven bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN). Remote students have access to virtual tutoring services through email and video conferencing, as well as digital success workshops. Online courses are available in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, with the former presented in either an entirely digital classroom or remotely streamed from an on-campus lecture. Synchronous courses require real-time participation from virtual students.

#2 Truckee Meadows Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,082
  • Locations: Reno
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Located in Reno, Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College is home to multiple online associate degree programs, including an Associate of Arts in Anthropology Emphasis and an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Students also have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security completely online. The community college offers distance learners live tech support and tutoring through their virtual chat function. Online classes are available asynchronously, with coursework being completed on a regularly scheduled basis through Canvas. While on-campus orientation is required, TMCC offers alternative solutions to students who live further than 50 miles away from campus.

#3 Western Nevada College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,083
  • Locations: Carson City
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Western Nevada College in Carson City offers eight online associate degree paths, including an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Communication. Although all virtual classwork is completed through the Canvas learning management system, some courses require proctored exams at an approved location or on-campus testing center. Distance learners can access an online student orientation through WNC’s website to learn how to use Canvas. Helpful information about the internet, computers, or study skills is also provided on the college's website. Additionally, distance learners have access to online library and bookstore resources. Western Nevada College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#4 College of Southern Nevada

  • Annual Tuition: $3,082
  • Locations: Las Vegas
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Students at the College of Southern Nevada can choose from dozens of online programs, including several associate degrees. Some of the options available to distance learners are an Associate of Arts in Psychology, an Associate of Arts in World Languages, and an Associate of Arts in History. Also offered completely online is a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration. Distance learners access and complete digital coursework through Canvas. The community college offers remote tutoring services through Smarthinking, and each student maintains regular communication with their academic advisor. Other online features include a live librarian chat service for research assistance and a digital orientation for new students.

Overview of the Nevada Community College System

The Nevada Community College System, established in 1969, is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Comprised of four community colleges, it includes the College of Southern Nevada, Western Nevada College, Great Basin College and Truckee Meadows Community College. The total enrollment is 14,129 students.

There is a free college system, offered through The Nevada Promise Scholarship, but living costs are not covered. In order to be eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, students must complete the application, apply for admission, file a FAFSA, work with mentors and perform 20 hours of community service. No minimum GPA is required and half-time students are not eligible.

Average funding per full-time student for all schools in the state is around $8,298. More than 5,600 associate degrees were awarded during the 2016-17 academic year, and Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science programs are also available at the community college level. Many online programs and courses are offered as well.

The mission of Nevada community colleges is to promote academic excellence and prepare students for careers in the state of Nevada, contributing to a strong economy and facilitating job growth on both the local and state level. All community colleges are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an organization that accredits colleges in seven states. NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority on quality education and higher education institutions in the U.S. Northwest region.


This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the school by this site.