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About the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, often referred to as Nebraska, UNL or NU, is a public research university in the city of Lincoln, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. It is the state's oldest university, and the largest in the University of Nebraska system.
The state legislature chartered the university in 1869 as a land-grant university under the 1862 Morrill Act, two years after Nebraska's statehood into the United States. Around the turn of the 20th century, the university began to expand significantly, hiring professors from eastern schools to teach in the newly organized professional colleges while also producing groundbreaking research in agricultural sciences. The "Nebraska method" of ecological study developed here during this time pioneered grassland ecology and laid the foundation for research in theoretical ecology for the rest of the 20th century. The university is organized into eight colleges on two campuses in Lincoln with over 100 classroom buildings and research facilities.
Its athletic program, called the Cornhuskers, is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Nebraska football team has won 46 conference championships, and since 1970, five national championships. The women's volleyball team has won four national championships along with eight other appearances in the Final Four. The Husker football team plays its home games at Memorial Stadium, selling out every game since 1962. The stadium's capacity is about 92,000 people, larger than the population of Nebraska's third-largest city.
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Since the establishment of the University of Nebraska in 1869 and its commitment to the terms of the Land-Grant College Act calling for the instruction in agriculture and applied sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) has provided opportunities for students to develop personally, intellectually and professionally, to meet the challenges of their era. CASNR fosters a student centered learning environment where diverse basic and applied natural, life, earth and social sciences are integrated into the context of a global society and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to prepare students as leaders for a future in which demands on food, energy and water systems will challenge sustainability. The areas of study are broad and span animal, plant, and human health and well-being, earth systems analysis, agricultural production and processing, global climate change, agricultural market structures, water resources, and land-use change. The College also has the responsibility for the coordination of all agricultural sciences and natural resources programs in higher education within the State of Nebraska.
College of Architecture
Architecture Hall is the visible manifestation of an architectural tradition that has served Nebraska for over a hundred years. The College of Architecture’s programs in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and community and regional planning have a proud tradition of excellence in education, research, and service to the State of Nebraska and the nation.
The College is headquartered in Architecture Hall, constructed in the early 1890s and placed into service as the University Library in 1894. Architecture Hall is the oldest and most distinctive of the occupied structures on the University’s City Campus. All facilities of this unique and historic complex are located within the southwestern fine arts quadrant of the campus, with convenient access to the Lincoln central business district for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business Administration
At Nebraska’s College of Business Administration, you can choose your own path and tailor your business education to achieve your individual goals.
Through diligent study and collaboration, you can gain experience through the college’s many distinctive programs. Major in actuarial science while also being a member of the CBA Honors Academy. Become empowered to negotiate by pursuing a professional sales certificate. Learn to leverage your strengths and pay it forward by becoming a student strengths coach. Prepare for your next chapter by earning an MBA in our top ranked program.
10 majors. 7 master's programs. 3 doctoral programs.
Unlimited opportunities to Start Something at our Big Ten college of business.
Come make waves where there is no ocean.
College of Education and Human Sciences
Education and Human Sciences has the people, the programs and a proven track record that stretches across three centuries. We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools and communities and strengthening the relationships among them. CEHS is a college that lives out its mission every day and is truly focused on helping you make a difference.
College of Engineering
As the only engineering college in Nebraska, we take our role very seriously. We provide our students with professors with national and international expertise in their fields, the latest technology, quality facilities, a vast network of successful alumni and friends of the college, and caring staff. The UNL College of Engineering is also unique in its variety of locations: three campuses in Nebraska's two largest cities.
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts was established on July 1, 1993, to bring a focus to the arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In 2000, the college was officially renamed the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to recognize a gift of $18 million to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Christina M. Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust for the college.
The College includes the School of Art, Art History & Design, the Glenn Korff School of Music and the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Affiliated units include the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the Sheldon Museum of Art.
Our classes are taught by outstanding faculty, and our students have access to internationally renowned guest artists, performers, art exhibits and films. Some of our most recent guest artists have included Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Academy Award-winning Editor Mike Hill, Art Historian Jonathan Fineberg and Hollywood Director Donald Petrie.
Personal attention, global connections and the experience of a Big Ten university are what you’ll get in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at one of the best values in American higher education. Scholarships are also available for students in all majors within the college.
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Our mission is to graduate highly competent professionals who have acquired communication and critical thinking skills appropriate to journalism and to advertising and public relations. We hold true to the core principles of journalism and mass communication education and as leaders of the digital communications environment. Our mission is grounded in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which gives us a unique responsibility to serve the needs of a diverse society. Through excellence in teaching and research, we educate ethical, socially responsible, well-rounded and fair-minded graduates who will carry those traits into the real world.
You can major in advertising and public relations, broadcasting or journalism with plenty of opportunities to take classes from all three. You can emphasize sports communication if you want, and you can do a double major in something like history or English, political science, business or nutrition.
As a Big Ten school, Nebraska can give your life an incredible story and your story incredible life. Start here and go anywhere.
College of Law
- #1 Best Value Law School in the U.S. by the National Jurist Magazine, September 2015, October 2016
- #4 Law School that Leads to the Least Debt by U.S. News & World Report, Spring 2016
- Average student debt load upon graduation for our 2016 graduates is $62,888 - well below the national average for graduates of public law schools and substantially less than the national average for graduates of private law schools
- Ranked #57 out of 191 law schools in U.S. News & World Report, Spring 2016
- 10:1 Faculty to Student Ratio
- 93% Nebraska Bar Passage rate, 2016
- 90% Bar Passage in states other than Nebraska, 2015
- The 1L Academic Skills Program helps 1L students master necessary skills for success
- Our Entrepreneurship Clinic allows 3L students to work with start up businesses and entrepreneurs on a variety of transactional legal issues
- The first and only Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program of its kind in the U.S.
- The only law school in the Big Ten to require an International Law class in the first year
- Our Build Your Character program helps students develop by identifying core skills that every lawyer should possess
History of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
The University of Nebraska was created by an act of the Nebraska state legislature in 1869, two years after Nebraska reached statehood. The school was given a mission to "afford to the inhabitants of the state the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science, and the arts." The school received an initial land grant of about 130,000 acres (53,000 ha) and the campus construction began with the building of University Hall in its first year. By 1873, the University of Nebraska had offered its first two degrees to its first graduating class. The school remained small and suffered from a lack of funds until about 20 years after its founding, when its high school programs were taken over by a new state education system. From 1890 to 1895 enrollment rose from 384 to about 1,500. A law school and a graduate school were also created at about this time period, making it the first school west of the Mississippi to establish a graduate school. By 1897, the school was 15th in the nation in total enrollment.
Through the turn of the 20th century, the school struggled to find an identity as both a pragmatic, frontier establishment and an academic, intellectual institution. It also developed a competitive spirit in the form of a debate team, a football team (first called the Cornhuskers in 1901), and the arrival of fraternities and sororities. In 1913–14, a fierce debate ensued over whether to keep the University in downtown Lincoln or to move it out of town. The issue was not resolved until a statewide referendum sided with the downtown plan. After purchasing property downtown, the school experienced a building boom, both on the new property and on the farming campus. The school would not experience another boom until the late 1940s, when the sudden arrival of thousands of soldiers returning from the war for an education forced the school to seek further expansion.
Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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Student life at UNL
About 78 percent of UNL students are from Nebraska, while the rest are from all forty-nine other states and 114 foreign countries. On-campus students are also members of the UNL Residence Hall Association, which serves as the governing body for the residence halls. Select honorary seniors include the Nebraska-only Society of Innocents and the Black Masque chapter of Mortar Board.
Approximately 40% of the student body lives on-campus in 15 traditional residence halls, two on-campus apartment-style halls, and three on-campus suite-style halls.
There are 12 traditional residence halls on the City Campus:
- Husker Hall
- Kauffman Center
Three traditional residence halls are on the East Campus: Burr, Fedde, and Love Memorial Co-op. Two on-campus apartment-style halls are located on the City Campus: The Courtyards, and The Village. Three on-campus suite-style halls are located on the City Campus: Eastside Suites, Robert E. Knoll Residential Center, and University Suites.
The governing body for UNL students is the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN). Every year students vote for a president, two vice presidents, and a senate that is composed of representatives from each college. The president also acts as the student regent to the NU Board of Regents.
UNL has around 400 student organizations on campus that represent a variety of interests. Organizations are supported by Student Involvement.
UNL has a significant Greek population, with about 5,200 students being members of 30 fraternities (28 chapters and two colonies) and 16 sororities. There are numerous events on campus throughout the year such as decorating "Greek Row" for the homecoming parade and various philanthropy events.
The Daily Nebraskan, known to students as the "DN", is UNL's student newspaper. It was established in 1901 and is published every weekday during the fall and spring semesters and weekly during the summer.
UNL operates a Class A FM radio station, KRNU, which broadcasts on 90.3 FM and has a range of approximately 20 miles (32 km). The station plays mostly alternative and modern rock as well as running sportscasts of Nebraska's home events, news, live public affairs broadcasts of campus speakers and forums.
In February 2008, The Publications Board recognized the Dailyer Nebraskan as an affiliated publication and approved the printing costs of the first three issues of the satirical paper.