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What Makes Us Unique

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers one of today’s most dynamic college experiences.

The university has developed a national reputation for its substantial out-of-state scholarship program. As a result, more students nationwide are finding that the university, with its strength in undergraduate education, its tradition of student engagement, its lively campus atmosphere and its connection to downtown Lincoln, is uniquely suited to provide an enriching student experience. The University delivers on the all-too-often empty promise of the friendliness of a private college with major university resources. It is no wonder alumni stay connected years after graduating and thousands of miles from campus.

The University is located in the capital city of Lincoln, a community of 230,000 that combines a friendly college-town atmosphere with the cultural and employment opportunities of a larger city. Students looking for cultural experiences and internship possibilities find art, music, theatre, state government, and industry all within two blocks of campus. On campus, students receive ticket discounts for major Broadway performances like Rent and Chicago at one of the Midwest’s premier venues, the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Lincoln has more parks per capita than any other city in the U.S. and a growing network of bike paths that extend far beyond the city limits. There are 16 golf courses, hundreds of restaurants, more than 30 movie screens, major shopping malls, and a restored downtown historic district complete with specialty shops, coffeehouses, and a dinner theater.

NEBRASKA graduates recently interviewed on campus with major national companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), IBM, Microsoft, Sprint, Target, and The Washington Post. Attending NEBRASKA also means you will have built-in connections with 116 graduate degree programs, including those in University of Nebraska Law, Dental and Medical Centers located either on campus or 50 miles east in Omaha.

Famous Alumni

  • Aaron Douglas - Father of African-American art
  • Alan Heeger - 2000 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
  • John J. Pershing - WWI general and Pulitzer prize-winning author
  • Johnny Carson - Former host of NBC's The Tonight Show
  • Ted Kooser - U.S. Poet Laureate (2004)
  • Warren Buffett - Investing/finance multibillionaire
  • Willa Cather - Pulitzer-prize winning author

Fun Facts

The first graduate college west of the Mississippi River was established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1886.


Traditions / School Myths

Ivy Day is the longest running tradition on campus, honoring a select group of NEBRASKA seniors-to-be each spring. The Ivy Day tradition goes back over 100 years on campus and continues today as the official initiation ceremonies of the UNL chapter of Mortar Board (The Black Masque chapter) and NEBRASKA's own senior honorary, The Innocents Society.

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