Lincoln: Home of Multiple Universities

Lincoln is the home of multiple college and university campuses, each with its own unique learning environment. Offering a wide variety of fields, students from around the world and from across the country come to Lincoln for their college education.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is the largest university in Nebraska, with a 143-year history. The university is a national leader in academics and athletics. In 2011, UNL joined the storied Big Ten conference. More than 42,000 students attend the university’s two Lincoln campuses during any given semester. UNL is also recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research Extensive university. There are about 150 majors to choose from at the UNL.

The whole state benefits from the university as it serves all 93 counties with research-based information through the cooperative extension service and continuing studies program. The main campus is located in the heart of downtown, bringing life and youthful energy to the city.

Notable alumni of the university include investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet and former television talk show host Johnny Carson. A place of high ambition, UNL was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees — the first was granted, in physics, in 1896.

UNL also is an important supplier of Lincoln’s cultural enrichment and entertainment opportunities with concerts, films, performances and cultural events. Read more at www.unl.edu.

Union College

Founded and operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Union College is located on a shady 50-acre campus in Lincoln’s College View neighborhood. Coming together in Christian values, more than 900 students of diverse faith backgrounds hail from around the world. The college offers more than 50 majors and has particularly strong programs in nursing, teaching, science and business. For three years running, U.S. News and World Report has placed Union College in the top of its regional category. Visit www.ucollege.edu to learn more.

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Established in 1887 by the Methodist Church, Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) is a private, liberal arts institution that educates 1,600 students in 106 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. The university employs character-building programs to help foster a strong sense of self-worth and a commitment to cultural sensitivity and community service. Nebraska Wesleyan is in the top 3 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.

Money Magazine has listed it among the Top 100 values in higher education and U.S. News and World Report ranked NWU as one of the Top 163 liberal arts colleges in the country. Find more information at www. nebrwesleyan.edu.

Doane College

Just a short 25-mile drive to Crete, Nebraska, Doane College is a nationally recognized university that is the oldest, private, four-year liberal arts institution in the state. In 2010, Forbes placed Doane in the top 20 of “The Best Religiously Affiliated Colleges” in the nation. Around 900 undergraduate students study traditional courses on the main campus. Meanwhile, the Lincoln satellite caters to the working adult, offering bachelor’s degrees in business, public administration, information systems management, organizational communications, commercial arts and other career-oriented majors. Learn more at www.doane.edu.

Southeast Community College

Every year, more than 5,000 students seek vocational, technical and academic training at Southeast Community College (SCC). Many of SCC’s associate-level academic programs are transferable to major universities, providing a more flexible and cost-effective education. SCC serves 15 counties located in southeast Nebraska with courses operated through the Continuing Education division. Locals frequently take advantage of not-forcredit personal enrichment courses, opportunities to learn a new foreign language, explore different art techniques or develop skills in gardening and antiquing. Get more information at www.southeast.edu.

Kaplan University


Kaplan University is a two-year junior business college dedicated to providing students with the skills needed to secure quality positions after graduation. Located at 1821 K Street, on the edge of downtown, Kaplan offers degrees in business, legal, criminal justice, computer technology, medical, secretarial, drafting and travel industries. For more information, visit lincoln.kaplanuniversity.edu.

College of Saint Mary

Promoting higher education for women, the College of Saint Mary offers degree completion programs and associates degrees in a number of different majors. Founded in 1923 in Omaha, the college was designed to provide an environment that awakens potential and fosters leadership. Classes are held on weekends to cater to working women and stay-at-home mothers. See www.csm.edu for details.

Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences

Located at 5035 Everett Street, the Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences offers clinically based programs in nursing and allied health as an affiliate of Bryan LGH Medical Center. Offering the most modern nursing education, the college has offered the opportunity to earn a bachelor of nursing degree since 2003. There are also programs in nurse anesthesia, cardiac sonography, invasive cardiovascular technology and more. Visit www.bryanlghcollege.org for details.

Additional nearby colleges:

Bellevue University (Lincoln Satellite)
(402) 475-2255, www.bellevue.edu

Clarkson College (Omaha, NE)
(800) 647-5500, www.clarksoncollege.edu

Concordia University (Seward, NE & Lincoln Satellite)
(800) 535-5494, www.cune.edu

Creighton University (Omaha, NE) (402) 280-2700
www.creighton.edu

Dana College (Blair, NE) (402) 426-9000
www.dana.edu

Grace University (Omaha, NE) (402) 449-2800
www.graceu.edu

Hastings College (Hastings, NE) (402) 463-2402
www.hastings.edu

ITT Technical Institute (Omaha, NE)
(800) 677-9260, www.itt-tech.edu

Nebraska Institute of Technology (Lincoln Campus)
(402) 464-8484, www.neit.org

Peru State College (Lincoln Satellite)
(402) 471-8538, www.peru.edu

University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)
(402) 559-4000, www.unmc.edu

University of Nebraska Omaha (Omaha, NE)
(402) 554-22620, www.unomaha.edu

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