Lincoln isn’t just the state capital, it’s a college town too. From Nebraska’s state university to our smaller private and public schools, 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 146 years ago and now boasts a 25,000 student enrollment during any given semester. 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/Research Extensive university.
The University has two campuses. The main campus is located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, and the beautiful East Campus is only a few minutes away. They both provide a youthful, vital 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 River 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 and former television talk show host, Johnny Carson.
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.
Read more at www.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. For three years running, Union College placed in 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 1,900 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 in its students a strong sense of self-worth and 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 150 liberal arts colleges in the country. You can find more information at
Southeast Community College
Southeast Community College (SCC) caters to more than 11,000 students seeking vocational, technical and academic training every year at its Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford campuses.
While the largest campus is on the east edge of Lincoln, SCC also serves 15 counties located in southeast Nebraska with courses operated through the Continuing Education division. Locals frequently take advantage of not-for-credit personal enrichment courses, opportunities to learn a new foreign language, explore different art techniques or develop skills in gardening and antiquing. Additionally, many of SCC’s associate-level academic programs are transferable to major universities, providing a more flexible and cost-effective education. 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 College, the oldest, private, four-year liberal arts institution in the state. This college has also been nationally recognized in a number of publications.
Around 1,100 undergraduate students study traditional courses on the main campus. 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.
Kaplan University is a private, two-year junior business 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, Kaplan offers degrees in business, legal, criminal justice, computer technology, medical, secretarial, drafting and travel industries. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu/lincoln-nebraska.aspx.
Additional nearby colleges:
Bellevue University (Lincoln Satellite)
Clarkson College (Omaha, NE)
College of St. Mary (Omaha, NE)
(402) 399-2400, www.csm.edu
(Seward, NE & Lincoln Satellite)
(402) 643-3651, www.cune.edu
Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
(402) 280-2700, www.creighton.edu
Grace University (Omaha, NE)
(402) 449-2800, www.graceu.edu