Lincoln is a college town. From the flagship campus of Nebraska’s state university to our smaller private and public institutions, Lincoln offers a variety of higher education opportunities to expand knowledge, skills and career opportunities.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is the largest university in Nebraska. It began as a land-grant college 150 years ago and now boasts a 25,820 student enrollment. A national leader in academics as well as athletics, UNL is a part of the Big Ten Conference and is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Highest Research Activity university.
UNL is also nationally known for the University of Nebraska Press, the Sheldon Museum of Art—a major collection of American art—and the Prairie Schooner literary magazine.
The University has three campuses in Lincoln. The main campus is located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, and the beautiful East Campus as well as the new Innovation Campus are only a few minutes away. They all support Lincoln’s youthful energy with well over 150 majors and 100 graduate programs for students to choose from. In fact, UNL was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi to award doctoral degrees. The first was granted in physics in 1896.
A place of high ambition, the university boasts a number of notable alumni, including investor, philanthropist and Nebraska resident, Warren Buffet; former television talk show host, Johnny Carson; and Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
UNL is an important source of Lincoln’s cultural enrichment and entertainment including concerts, films, museums, theatre productions and other events. The University also benefits the state’s 93 counties with research-based information through the cooperative extension service and continuing studies program, as well as campuses in Omaha and Kearney. U.S. News and World Report ranked UNL as one of the Top 150 liberal arts colleges in the country. You can find more information at unl.edu.
Founded and operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the shady, 50-acre campus of Union College is located in Lincoln’s historic College View neighborhood. More than 900 students of diverse faith backgrounds attend the college, hailing from around the world and coming together in Christian values.
Offering more than 50 majors, the college has particularly strong programs in nursing, teaching, science and business. They also offer a unique bachelor’s degree in International Rescue and Relief. Union College consistently places near the top of its regional category in the U.S. News and World Report. Visit www.ucollege.edu to learn more.
Nebraska Wesleyan University
The Methodist Church established Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) in 1887. This private, liberal arts institution educates over 2,100 undergraduates, graduates, and adult learners in 106 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs on its 50-acre campus in north Lincoln.
Nebraska Wesleyan is committed to fostering a strong sense of self-worth in its students,as well as a commitment to cultural sensitivity and community service. In fact, it is in the top three percent of colleges and universities in the country for volunteerism and service learning as designated by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The university has received well-deserved praise for its programs. U.S. News and World Report ranked NWU as one of the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. You can find more information at www.nebrwesleyan.edu.
Southeast Community College
The Southeast Community College (SCC) Lincoln Campus serves more than 7,000 students seeking transfer courses and career/technical education. SCC also has campuses in Beatrice and Milford. Beginning August 2019, SCC began operating on a semester academic calendar, which means better alignment with Nebraska high schools and four-year colleges and universities to which SCC students transfer.
A major focus for SCC is producing more graduates to fill employers’ needs. The expansion of the college’s facilities and programs will put more students into the workforce as qualified technicians in a variety of areas, including agriculture, business, computers, culinary, community services, public safety, health care, construction, manufacturing, and transportation.
While the largest campus is on the east edge of Lincoln with another downtown, SCC also serves 15 counties located in southeast Nebraska. SCC operates learning centers in Falls City, Hebron, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Wahoo, and York. Classes at those sites are both credit and non-credit. The Continuing Education Division offers classes and workshops related to business, careers and professional development, trades and industrial technology, health care, computers and technology, adult education, personal interest, and traffic safety and licensing. SCC also offers customized training to businesses and industries, both large and small, throughout the 15-county area. Additionally, many of SCC’s associate degree-level credit programs are transferable to major universities, providing a more flexible and affordable education.
Ninety-three percent of recent SCC graduates found work or continued their education, and of those who are employed, 89 percent are working in Nebraska. Get more information at www.southeast.edu.
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Known for outstanding healthcare education, the Bryan College of Health Sciences takes pride in providing clinically based programs in nursing and allied health as an affiliate of Bryan Medical Center. The college offers undergraduate degrees in nursing and health professions, graduate degrees in nurse anesthesia, and a number of certificate options. Visit www.bryanhealth.com for details.
Only 25 miles away, Crete, Nebraska is home to
Doane University, the oldest, private, four-year liberal arts institution in the state. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Doane as one of the top 200 liberal arts colleges in the country.
Around 1,000 undergraduate students study traditional courses on the main campus in Crete. Bachelor’s degrees in business, public administration, information systems management, organizational communications, commercial arts and other career-oriented majors are also offered at the Lincoln satellite campus for working adults. Learn more at www.doane.edu.
Purdue University Global
Originally the Lincoln School of Commerce, Purdue University Global is a private college dedicated to providing students with dynamic learning settings to get the skills they need to secure quality positions after graduation.
Located on the edge of downtown Lincoln, as well as online, Purdue University Global offers degrees in business, legal, criminal justice, computer technology, medical, secretarial, drafting and travel industries. For more information, visit www.purdueglobal.edu/campus-locations/lincoln-nebraska.