The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), first founded in 1908, is a public university. UNO is classified as a doctoral/research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. The university has two campuses, North Campus and South Campus, separated by Elmwood Park in midtown Omaha.
The North Campus is home to the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media; College of Education; College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Graduate Studies; International Studies; the Service Learning Academy; the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library; the Strauss Performing Arts Center; the UNO Art Gallery; the Black Box Theater; two student housing complexes, the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) building; and several other athletic facilities.
South Campus houses the College of Business Administration; College of Information Science and Technology; Peter Kiewit Institute; The Scott Technology Center, Data Center, and Conference Center; and several on-campus housing facilities.
UNO has a strong academic reputation, especially in business administration and economics. UNO is also particularly well known for their film periodical, The Journal of Religion and Film.Academic divisions at UNO include College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; College of Education; College of Information Science and Technology; and College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
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There are also a number of programs on the UNO campus administered by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on the UNO campus. These include: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; College of Agriculture; and College of Engineering.
Peter Kiewit Institute
UNO houses the Peter Kiewit Institute, an engineering and computer science facility specializing in bioinformatics, information assurance, information technology innovation, and management information systems. The facility includes a Firefly supercomputer.
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In addition to the wide range of state and financial aid options open to any college or university student in Nebraska, UNO offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. The majority of UNO students receive aid of some kind.
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Rather than traditional dormitories, UNO offers apartment-style housing in several different residential facilities:
Maverick Village contains 95 four-bedroom apartments. Each has two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a furnished living room. Each bedroom and living room offers cable and internet service. There are laundry facilities in the building.
University Village contains 95 four-bedroom apartments. Each has two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a furnished living room. Each bedroom and living room offers cable and internet service. There are laundry facilities, a study lounge, and a TV room in the building.
Scott Village is notable for its proximity to the Peter Kiewit Institue, the College of Business, Aksarben Village, and shuttle services. Scott Village is a ten-building complex. Each building offers two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a furnished living room. Each bedroom and living room offers cable and internet service. Furthermore, there is a Commons building in the courtyard which includes a laundry facility, game room, computer lounge, and volleyball and basketball courts. Scott Village also has its own dining hall, a particular convenience for many students.
Scott Residence Hall is also conveniently located near the Peter Kiewet Institute, College of Business, Aksarben Village, and the shuttle service. Each suite is comprised of four bedroom suites with a single bathroom, common area, microwave, and mini-fridge. Most residents of Scott Hall are recipients of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation Scholarship or other Peter Kiewet Institute Scholarships. Scott Residence Hall is the only residence that includes a meal plan in the cost of rent; all residents receive an unlimited meal plan.
Scott Court is a set of four buildings also conveniently located near the Peter Kiewet Institute, College of Business, Aksarben Village, and the shuttle service. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms, a living room, two bathrooms with a double sink in each, and a fully equipped kitchen. Each building has a secured entry, elevator, fitness center, TV room, and laundry facility. Rent includes expanded basic cable, telephone service, and data/internet services.
There are also several fraternities and sororities at UNO with residential facilities on campus.
The student newspaper, The Gateway, is published twice a week during the academic year. There are two radio stations at UNO; KVNO 90.7 is a classical music station with a modest amount of coverage of campus events; MayRadio is a student station featuring a wide range of music and talk. The stations provide a wide range of internships and work opportunities for students interested in broadcast journalism.
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The athletics department at UNO is called the Mavericks. The Mavericks compete at the intercollegiate level in NCAA Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Division. Men’s sports include hockey, baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer. Women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, golf, cross country, softball, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis, and track and field.
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