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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln opened in 1869 as a land grant university. The public research university is located on 613 acres of land in Lincoln, Nebraska. This university is the largest and oldest university in the state of Nebraska. It is also the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska System. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this university is that it was the 18th member of the Association of American Universities. This distinction took place in 1908 as University of Nebraska Lincoln was recognized nationally as a preeminent regional institution in the United States.

By the year 1973, the university graduated the first class. The university only offered two degrees at the time, but the school was still in its early stages of development. The school remained small for the first 20 years of existence and began to flourish in the late 1800’s. This university became the first school west of the Mississippi to open a graduate school. The university purchased 249 acres of land in 2010 to develop an expansion called the Nebraska Innovation Campus in which to house life science research and agricultural biotechnology. The $800 million expansion is just one of the many development plans for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The university currently has over 150 undergraduate majors, 275 programs of study, 100 graduate programs, and 20 pre-professional programs. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university has 9 colleges that include College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Law, College of Business Administration, and College of Education and Human Sciences.

A few of the departments within the schools include the Department of Anthropology, Department of Animal Science, Department of Community Studies, Department of Interior Design, Department of Political Science, Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Department of Regional Planning. The university offers online undergraduate and graduate programs for students. The university offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, professional, and doctoral degrees.

The English Department has one of the best digital humanities programs in the world. The university also has 3 Nobel Laureates, including former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser. The University of Nebraska Press is the second largest university press in the United States. Projects are underway to create a free online dictionary for the Native American Omaha-Ponca language. The university has also adopted a sustainability program that includes fueling university motor vehicles with biodiesel and gasohol, serving campus meals from sustainable and locally grown produced food and no longer providing trays in the cafeteria.

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Incoming freshman need the following items to apply for admission: official transcript, class rank verification form ( must be submitted by high school guidance counselor to the Office of Admissions), copy of student’s senior class schedule, ACT or SAT scores (submitted directly to Office of Admissions), and informal personal statement. The application deadline for the spring is early December, and summer and fall session is early May.

International students need to submit an official transcript and proof of financial resources (Financial Recourses Verification Form). Students who do not demonstrate English language proficiency must participate in the UNL Intensive English Program.

Those seeking admission into graduate school must complete a 4-step process that includes a preliminary graduate studies review, departmental review, final graduate studies review, and admission. The preliminary graduate studies review consists of a transcript review by an admissions evaluator. The departmental review consists of a review by a Graduate Admissions Committee. It is very important that all documentation be received by the deadlines. The final graduate studies review takes place once the academic department contacts Graduate Studies about their recommendation. If students are admitted into a degree program, Graduate studies contacts students by mail and email.

Financial Aid

Students must first complete the FAFSA form to determine eligibility of a number of financial opportunities. The forms should be completed by early March if students want to receive the best financial options. A few of the financial options for undergraduate students include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study programs, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct Plus Loans.

Graduate students may qualify for a number of loans, including Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, and Federal Direct Grad Plus Loans. Other ways to finance an education as a graduate student include University Tuition Assistance Grants (UTAG), Federal Work-Study, Fellowships, and Assistantships.

Students may also qualify for scholarships offered by the university, departments within university, and various outside scholarship opportunities. Other options include short-term loans, emergency loans of up to $1000.00 offered by the university, and Alternative Loans (loan options for students who do not meet the requirements for financial assistance under the FAFSA requirements). Many of the alternative loans depend heavily on credit score so the creditworthiness of students is a huge determining factor for this source of funding. Students can find many financial assistance sources on the financial aid page of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s website.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4354th for the average student loan amount.
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The Greek population is very significant of the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There are currently 30 fraternities and 15 sororities that students may join. A few of the fraternities include Acacia, Beta Sigma Pi, Chi Phi, Omega Psi Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Triangle, Theta Chi, Theta Xi, and Phi Delta Theta. A few of the sororities on campus include Sigma Lambda Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi, Delta Delta Delta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. The sororities and fraternities offer numerous events on campus throughout the year for student enjoyment.

Nearly 40 percent of students live on campus in residential housing. The university is divided into two campuses: City Campus and East Campus. City Campus is located east of downtown Lincoln, and East Campus is located two miles east-northeast of City Campus. There are two on campus apartments (The Courtyards and The Villages) and 12 traditional housing options for City Campus. The traditional housing options include Smith Hall, Selleck Hall, Abel Hall, Cather Hall, Husker Hall, Kaufman Center, Schramm Hall, Sandoz Hall, Neihardt Hall, Pound Hall, Knoll Hall, and Harper Hall. East Campus has 3 traditional residential halls (Love Memorial Co-op, Burr Hall, and Fedde Hall) and 3 on campus apartments (The Courtyard, Robert E. Knoll, and The Villages).

The campus is home to the only set of comprehensive research libraries in Nebraska. There are 8 libraries on campus, including the Music Library, Mathematics Library, Geology Library, Engineering Library, C.Y. Thompson Library, Architecture Library, Don L. Love Memorial Library, and Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library.

Other interesting points of interest for students include the International Quilt Study Center, Maxwell Arboretum, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Architecture Hall, and the Headquarters of the National Society of Pershing Rifles. There are many amazing things to see on campus.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has great athletic teams. There are 21 varsity teams that represent the school. The Cornhuskers or Huskers belong to the NCAA Division I FBS division. The teams represent the Big 12 and Big 10. The school’s mascots are Lil’ Red and Herbie Husker. The team’s colors are cream and scarlet. The teams have won 23 National Championships in volleyball, gymnastics, and football.

The sports teams consist of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field football, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s tennis, wrestling, bowling, riffle, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, and volleyball.

The athletic facilities include Memorial Stadium, football; Devaney Center, men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics; NU Coliseum, volleyball and wrestling; Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, baseball; Bowlin Stadium, softball; Nebraska Soccer Field, soccer; Ed Weir Stadium, track and field; Devaney Center Indoor track, men’s and women’s track; Devaney Center Natatorium, swimming/diving; Pioneers Park, cross country; Nebraska Tennis Center, tennis; Nebraska Varsity Courts, tennis; Wilderness Ridge Golf Course, women’s golf; Firethorn Golf Course, men’s golf; East Campus Bowling Lanes, bowling; and Nebraska Riffle Range, rifle.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s football team has won 5 national championships in 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The Cornhusker football team has 3 Heisman Trophy winners: Mike Rozier, Johnny Rodgers, and Eric Crouch. Two of the many records that the football team holds is the longest opening game winning streak of 25 victories (as of 2010) and longest collegiate football sell-out streak (311 home games). The football team is one of only six other university teams in the NCAA Division I that have over 800 wins.

A few notable athletes include Rulon Gardner, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist; Vanessa Meloche, Canadian Gymnast; Nate Branch, Harlem Globetrotters basketball player; Josh Bullocks, Chicago Bears; Dave Redding, Green Bay Packers assistant coach; Louise Pound , First women elected to the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame; Tony Jetter; Pittsburgh Steelers, Adam Stern; MLB baseball player; and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep; Olympic Bronze Medalist in 2008.


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  • Knoll, Robert E. Prairie University: A History of the University of Nebraska. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. Print.

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Ranks 2nd in Nebraska and 199th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Nebraska and 286th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.01
Burglary 14 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.02
Arrest 124 0.50

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 619 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 166 0.06
Robbery 177 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,401 0.54
Larceny 8,424 3.23
Vehicle theft 364 0.14

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3101

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 897th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,480 $6,480 $19,808
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,495 $1,495 $1,495
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $216 $216 $660
FT Graduate Tuition $6,840 $6,840 $19,002
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,426 $1,426 $1,426
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $285 $285 $792
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,246 $22,246 $35,574
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,060 $21,060 $34,388
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,714 $12,714 $26,042

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $19,152 $42,840
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,078 $1,078
Law Degree — Tuition $10,170 $26,093
Law Degree — Required Fees $3,254 $3,254

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,563 $7,984 $7,563 $7,984 $19,848 $20,734
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,020 $1,050
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,196 $9,122
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,422 $3,544
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,196 $8,648
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,422 $3,544
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,422 $3,544

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,929 (5,193 male / 5,736 female)
Admitted 6,999 (3,348 male / 3,651 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 4,420 (2,259 male / 2,161 female)
FT Enrollment 4,396 (2,243 male / 2,153 female)
PT Enrollment 24 (16 male / 8 female)
Total Enrollment24,445

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Ten Conference

ACT Test Admission

277th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

157th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 7%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 660
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 670
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1330

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,731
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,282
Board Fee$4,250

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 241st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $98,055 ($105,069 male / $72,590 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,232 (813 male / 419 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,339
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $40,776,746

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