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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Seal of the University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska-Lincoln seal
Latin: Universitas Nebraskensis
Motto Literis Dedicata et Omnibus Artibus (Latin)
Motto in English
Dedicated to Letters and All the Arts
Established 1869
Type Flagship
Land grant
Endowment $1.55 billion (2014)[1]
Chancellor Harvey Perlman
President Hank Bounds
Academic staff
Students 24,593[2]
Undergraduates 19,345[2]
Postgraduates 4,679[2]
Location Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 613 acres (248 ha)
42,562 acres (17,224 ha) total throughout state
Colors Scarlet and Cream[3]
Athletics NCAA Division I FBS
Big Ten
Sports 21 varsity teams
Nickname Cornhuskers
Mascot Herbie Husker
Lil' Red
Affiliations University of Nebraska system
Website .edu.unlwww
University of Nebraska-Lincoln logo

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, often referred to as Nebraska, UNL or NU, is a public research university located in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States.[4] It is the state's oldest and largest university and the flagship university of the University of Nebraska system.

The university was chartered by the legislature in 1869 as a

  • Official website
  • Nebraska Athletics website

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  2. ^ a b c "University of Nebraska–Lincoln Factbook 2011–2012" (PDF). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ UNL Toolbox
  4. ^ "Carnegie Classifications – University of Nebraska". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Vandervoort, Frances (1999). "A Green Centennial". The American Biology Teacher (University of California) 61 (9): 648–659.  
  6. ^ Merchant, Carolyn (2005). "Chapter 9: The Rise of Ecology 1890–1990". The Columbia Guide to American Environmental History. Manhattan, NY: Columbia University Press. pp. 163–164.  
  7. ^ "UNL Historic Buildings – Historical Overview". Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 2005. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nebraska volleyball history". NU Athletics. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Husker Football History" (PDF). Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Memorial Stadium – Home of the Huskers". 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  11. ^ Pound, Louise. Semi-centennial Anniversary Book. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 1919. pp. 11–19.
  12. ^ This does not mean that UNL was the first school west of the Mississippi to issue a graduate degree. That honor belongs to the Washington University in St. Louis. UNL was, however, the first school in the region to formally organize a school for graduates. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11][12]
  13. ^ Luebke, Frederick. Nebraska: an Illustrated History. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. pp.172–3 ISBN 0-8032-8042-4
  14. ^ Knoll, Robert. Prairie University. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. pp. 38–39. ISBN 0-8032-2717-5
  15. ^ Knoll, Robert. Prairie University. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. pp. 43–44 ISBN 0-8032-2717-5
  16. ^ "UNL Historic Buildings - Historical Overview". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  17. ^ a b "UNL | Colleges and Departments A-C". 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  18. ^ "University of Nebraska Innovation Campus: Overview and Vision". Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  19. ^ "University of Nebraska Board of Regents approve Innovation Campus". Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Nebraska Innovation Campus". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Perlman announces union expansion, international study program". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. September 7, 2006. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  23. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  25. ^ "2015 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  26. ^ "2014 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  28. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  29. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-16". THE Education Ltd. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  30. ^ Archived April 30, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ "University of Nebraska at Lincoln - ACT Scores and Admissions Data for the University of Nebraska at Lincoln". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  32. ^ "Nebraska (NE): Overview of Nebraska's Colleges and Universities". 
  33. ^ Archived May 30, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ "University of Nebraska-Lincoln". 
  35. ^ "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  36. ^ "|ARWU 2010". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  37. ^ "About UNL Libraries". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 
  38. ^ "Great Plains Art Museum". Center for Great Plains Studies official website. The Great Plains Art Museum opened in 1981 after a generous donation from Dr. John and Elizabeth Christlieb of Bellevue, Nebraska. The Christlieb Collection… consists of approximately 170 bronze sculptures, 140 paintings and drawings, 100 other works on paper and several hundred photographs, and includes artwork by  
  39. ^ Archived July 27, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ "Ted Kooser Biography". American Life in Poetry. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  41. ^ Archived June 20, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  42. ^ Knoll, Robert E. (August 1, 1995). "The Pattern of the Modern University". Prairie University: a History of the University of Nebraska. Lincoln:   Excerpt available at Google Books.
  43. ^ Hine, Chris (June 13, 2010). "Nebraska has it all to attract Big Ten, most importantly AAU membership". Chicago Tribune. 
  44. ^ Abourezk, Kevin (April 29, 2011). "Research universities group ends UNL's membership".  
  45. ^ Reed, Leslie (April 30, 2011). "Academic group drops UNL".  
  46. ^ Lewin, Tamar (May 2, 2011). "American Universities Group Votes to Expel Nebraska". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  47. ^ Selingo, Jeffrey J.; Jack Stripling (May 2, 2011). "Nebraska's Ouster Opens a Painful Debate Within the AAU".  
  48. ^ "Sharing Access to Courses". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  49. ^ "Reciprocal Library Borrowing - Introduction". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  50. ^ "Purchasing and Licensing". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  51. ^ "University of Nebraska–Lincoln Report Card 2011". Sustainable Endowments Institute. 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  52. ^ Remembering Nebraska's historic three championships in four years - NCAA Football - Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  53. ^ "UNL Band fight songs". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved December 2, 2007. 
  54. ^ "F-L-O-R-I-D-A, or is it T-O-L-E-D-O? – The Gainesville Sun". 2005-10-09. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  55. ^ "UNL | Student Involvement | Student Organizations | Resources and Tools". Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  56. ^ Dailyer Nebraskan receives approval – News
  57. ^ "UNL Profile" (PDF). University of Nebraska–Lincoln. May 19, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  58. ^ "Prepare for Your Future". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  59. ^ "Prepare for Your Future". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  60. ^ "UNL named honor institution for supporting Truman Scholar". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. July 7, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 


Many of UNL alumni have had considerable success in scientific research, public service, education, and business. As of 2012, 3 alumni have won the Nobel Prize, 8 have won the Pulitzer Prize, 22 have been selected as Rhodes Scholars, 1 has been selected as a Marshall Scholar, 29 have been selected as Goldwater Scholars and 15 have been selected as Truman Scholars. In 2010 UNL was named a Truman Scholarship Honor Institution.[57][58][59][60]

Notable alumni, faculty, and staff

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.[56]

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.

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.


Sororities Fraternities

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.

Greek organizations

UNL has around 400 student organizations on campus that represent a variety of interests.[55] Organizations are supported by Student Involvement.

Student organizations

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.

Student government

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.

  • Abel
  • Cather
  • Harper
  • Husker Hall
  • Kauffman Center
  • Knoll
  • Pound
  • Neihardt
  • Sandoz
  • Schramm
  • Selleck
  • Smith

There are 12 traditional residence halls on the City Campus:

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.

The Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center.

Residence halls

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.

Student life

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are Dear Old Nebraska U. and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln fight song, Hail Varsity. In Nebraska, the lyrics and music to Dear Old Nebraska U. are attributed to Harry Pecha, a 1924 Nebraska graduate.[53] However, other schools and locales across the United States – including the University of Chicago, the University of Florida, and the Toledo, Ohio public school system – sing similar tunes, often with similar lyrics.[54]


Nebraska's sports teams are nicknamed as the Cornhuskers (or simply the Huskers). They participate in Division I (Division I FBS for football) in the NCAA as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers have 21 varsity teams that compete in 14 different sports and claim all or part of 23 National Championships across five sports, including volleyball, football, and gymnastics. In football, the Huskers have had three Heisman Trophy winners: Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch, along with five national championship victories in 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997.[52]

A football game at Memorial Stadium


The University of Nebraska is one of the few universities of its size to not have a separate Office of Sustainability.

The University of Nebraska has adopted LEED certification for all new construction projects. UNL's Sustainable Food Project, started in 2005, is designed to serve meals on campus that feature locally and sustainably produced foods. The university's motor pool includes vehicles fueled by soy biodiesel as well as gasohol (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline blend). The University of Nebraska received a grade of C on the College Sustainability Report Card 2011.[51] As of 2009, the University's cafeterias no longer provide trays to the students, a program implemented to reduce organic waste and save money.


The University of Nebraska is a participant in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is the academic consortium of the universities in the Big Ten Conference plus former conference member, the University of Chicago. The initiative also allows students at participating institutions to take distance courses at other participating institutions. The initiative also forms a partnership of research. Engaging in $8 billion in research in 2010, CIC universities are providing powerful insight into important issues in medicine, technology, agriculture, and communities.[48] Students at participating schools are also allowed "in-house" viewing privileges at other participating schools' libraries.[49] They also employ collective purchasing, which has saved member institutions $19 million to date.[50]

Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation

Nebraska successfully retained its AAU membership after a 2000 challenge. This provided Nebraska with an advantage when the Big Ten was looking to expand in 2010, as all of its members at that time were AAU members. Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman said. "I doubt that our application would've been accepted had we not been a member of the [AAU]."[43] However, in 2011, after an extended campaign to retain its membership and a close, contentious vote, Nebraska became the only institution to be removed from the AAU membership by a vote of the membership (a few other institutions had voluntarily resigned.)[44][45][46][47]

is a separate institution whose research funding is not under UNL's auspices. medical school, which is not included in the AAU's rankings because it is not awarded by peer-reviewed grants; and because Nebraska's U.S. Department of Agriculture In recent years, Nebraska had been at or near the bottom of the AAU's statistical criteria for members, a ranking attributed in part to the university's extensive agricultural research funded by the [42] In 1908, Nebraska was inducted as the 18th member of the

AAU membership and removal

The University's English Department has one of the world's top programs in the [41]

Focus areas

The Lester F. Larsen Tractor Museum is located on the university's East Campus. It houses 40 historical tractors, an antique auto and various types of farm tools. In addition it documents Nebraska's tractor testing law examinations that to this day requires testing of all tractors to be sold in Nebraska, ensuring performance is as advertised.

The Great Plains Art Museum is home to the Christlieb Collection, and features American western art and Americana.[38]

The University of Nebraska State Museum is located on campus in Morrill Hall. The museum holds several collections and exhibits particularly featuring natural history and famously houses Mammoth bone fossils. Because of these fossils, and a large bronze Columbian Mammoth statue located in front of the building, it is popularly known as "Elephant Hall."

The Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library serves the UNL College of Law.

  • Architecture Library
  • C.Y. Thompson Library
  • Engineering Library
  • Geology Library
  • Mathematics Library
  • Music Library

The University Libraries are the only set of comprehensive research libraries in Nebraska. 3.5 million volumes reside in UNL's two main libraries. The Don L. Love Memorial Library is the main library on campus and houses collections on social sciences and humanities.[37] Other academic disciplines are housed in six branch locations on campus:

The Don L. Love Memorial Library is the main library in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln library system.

University libraries and museums

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln admitted about 67% of all applicants in 2008, and 68% of those admitted went on to enroll at the school. In 2007, the U.S. News and World Report rated it as a "more selective" university.[30] On a 25th percentile/75th percentile measurement, students scored 500/650 on the SAT critical reading section and 530/670 on the math section. ACT composite scores were 22/28.[31] Eighty-five percent of undergraduates are white, with a little over 53% being male, and 47% being female.[32] About 18% of undergraduate students are from outside the state of Nebraska (excluding internationals). The ratio of students to faculty in 2008 was 20 to 1.[33] The school is in the first tier and ranked 99th in the U.S. News and World Report's national rankings.[34] The university has been recorded as an A grade university throughout the world by University Ranking by Academic Performance(URAP)and acquires a rank of 317 by URAP and 152–200 by Academic Ranking of World Universities(ARWU) world rankings.[35][36]

Admissions and demographics

University rankings
ARWU[22] 78-104
Forbes[23] 280
U.S. News & World Report[24] 99
Washington Monthly[25] 165[26]
ARWU[27] 201-300
QS[28] 551
Times[29] 276-300


  • East Campus also has a wireless telecommunication system on remote sensing of Satellites.
  • University is renowned also in Robotics. It has a high equipped robotics laboratory.
  • There are several research centers on Physics like the Brace Laboratory, Center of Materials and Nanoscience, High equipped laboratories are provided in Hamilton Hall which is the department as well and Chemistry institute. Othmer Hall houses the College of Engineering Dean's Office, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the Biological Process Development Facility (BPDF). Research in Othmer Hall's Mesoscale Engineering Laboratory has received attention in Science. Some highly equipped laboratories such as the Genetic research and Biotechnology laboratory are located on East Campus.
  • Since 1928, UNL has been the home of the headquarters of the National Society of
  • Architecture Hall, formerly the university's library and now home of its architecture program, is the oldest building on campus. This historic structure is linked to the old law building via a glass connecting space, known as "The Link."

Other points of interest

Performing arts venues

Nebraska East Union is located on East Campus and offers similar student services as the Nebraska Union. The Loft Gallery provides space for community and student artwork.

Nebraska Union is the student union located on the southern part of City Campus. Many services are offered to the students including dining, computer labs, and other recreational activities, while the lower level of the union houses the University Bookstore. The Nebraska Union also provides space for student organizations, and events and speakers, as well as holding offices for the Daily Nebraskan and the student government. The Union is home to the Greek Affairs office and the Women's Center. The Rotunda Gallery showcases various student artwork. In spring 2006, the student body voted to finance an expansion to the Nebraska Union including adding new space for the university Culture Center (formerly in a different building).[21]

Nebraska Union


In January 2010, the university acquired a 249-acre (101 ha) property north of city campus that formerly was used to host the Nebraska State Fair.[18] Plans for redevelopment include an US$800 million expansion called the Nebraska Innovation Campus, which is designated to house agricultural biotechnology and other life science research.[19][20]

Major campus expansion

In 1869, the original University of Nebraska campus was laid out on four city blocks and comprised one building called University Hall. Currently, the university has two campuses, totaling 2,815 acres (1,139 ha): City Campus, which is just north of downtown Lincoln, and south of the old Nebraska State Fair grounds and East Campus which is approximately two miles east-northeast of City Campus. Both of the campuses have an institute area and a residential area. The institute area consists of the departments, headquarters, governing body, research institutes, well-equipped laboratories, theaters, auditoriums, recreation centers, fraternity and sorority housing, power plants, facilities and managements. Institute area occupies 613 acres (248 ha) combining both the campuses. However the larger part is the residential district, which consist of student housing, residential apartments, and on campus living for faculties in apartments or individual cottages. Water supply management located in the residential district, supplies water throughout the campus. Remote sensing located in East campus,rail management factory in city campus, and some other remote research centers on telecommunications and wireless technology are also located in residential districts of the campus. Parks and recreation places inside the UNL city campus and East campus is a part of the residential area of the university. Beside the two main campuses, UNL also operates the UNL technology park on the north side of Lincoln. The park covers an area of 25 acres (10 ha). It is supplied by some laboratories on artificial intelligence. The Technology Park was launched in 1997 as a joint effort of the University of Nebraska, private sector investors and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Hamilton Hall


UNL also offers programs at its campus from other University of Nebraska institutions, including the [17]

The university today has nine faculties which offers more than 150 undergraduate majors, 20 pre-professional programs, 100 graduate programs and 275 programs of study.[17]

Faculties and schools

University of Nebraska is governed by the Board of Regents. The board consists of eight voting members elected by district for six-year terms, and four non-voting student Regents, one from each campus, who serve during their tenure as student body president. The board supervises the general operations of the university, and the control and direction of all expenditures.

Governing bodies


Administration and organization

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[11] 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.[12] By 1897, the school was 15th in the nation in total enrollment.[13]




  • History 1
    • Origin 1.1
  • Administration and organization 2
    • Organizations 2.1
      • Governing bodies 2.1.1
      • Faculties and schools 2.1.2
  • Campus 3
    • Major campus expansion 3.1
    • Unions 3.2
    • Performing arts venues 3.3
    • Other points of interest 3.4
  • Academics 4
    • Admissions and demographics 4.1
    • University libraries and museums 4.2
    • Focus areas 4.3
    • AAU membership and removal 4.4
      • Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation 4.4.1
  • Sustainability 5
  • Athletics 6
  • Song 7
  • Student life 8
    • Residence halls 8.1
    • Student government 8.2
    • Student organizations 8.3
    • Greek organizations 8.4
    • Media 8.5
  • Notable alumni, faculty, and staff 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Its athletic program, called the Cornhuskers, is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Nebraska football team has won a total of 46 conference championships, and since 1970, five national championships. The women's volleyball team has won three national championships along with eight other appearances in the Final Four.[8] The Husker football team plays its home games at Memorial Stadium, selling out every game since 1962. The stadium's current capacity is about 92,000 people, larger than the population of Nebraska's third-largest city.[9][10]


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