College Town

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Lincoln is Nebraska’s capital, but it is absolutely a college town, too–. From the flagship campus of 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 148 years ago and now boasts a 25,897 student enrollment—the largest in its history. 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.

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 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 support Lincoln’s 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; 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. Read more at

Union College

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. For three years running, Union College placed near the top of its regional category in the U.S. News and World Report. Visit to learn more. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University

The Methodist Church established Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) in 1887. This private, liberal arts institution educates over 1,811 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

The Southeast Community College (SCC) Lincoln Campus serves more than 9,000 students seeking vocational, technical and academic training every year. There are campuses in Beatrice and Milford as well.

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 affordable education. Get more information at

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 for details.

Doane College

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. 

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Doane as one of the Top 150 liberal arts colleges in the country. 

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

Kaplan University

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, as well as online, Kaplan offers degrees in business, legal, criminal justice, computer technology, medical, secretarial, drafting and travel industries. For more information, visit

Additional nearby colleges:

Bellevue University (Lincoln Satellite)

Clarkson College (Omaha, NE) (402) 552-3100,

College of St. Mary (Omaha, NE) (402) 399-2400,

Concordia University
(Seward, NE & Lincoln Satellite) (402) 643-3651,

Creighton University (Omaha, NE) (402) 280-2700,

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