The first day of classes at UNLV is Monday, but more than 1,200 UNLV students have been on campus since moving into the dormitories Thursday.
Although UNLV is known mainly as a commuter school, there are four dormitory complexes on campus with more than 1,300 beds.
Before the recession hit Las Vegas, UNLV had planned to build out on-campus housing to about 3,500 beds. However, budget cuts and plateauing student enrollment curtailed plans, and UNLV shuttered its fifth dorm complex a few years ago.
Now, with gradual signs of an economic comeback, plans are under way at UNLV for a new stadium project called UNLV Now. This 60,000-seat stadium complex — complete with apartments, retail and dorms with up to 5,000 beds — has been dubbed a "game-changer" by UNLV officials.