University of Nebraska--Lincoln

2014 Quick Stats
14th and R Streets

Lincoln, NE 68588

Phone: (402) 472-7211
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
May 1
application deadline

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#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Nebraska--Lincoln is a public institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,103, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 622 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Nebraska--Lincoln's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 101. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,068 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,968 (2012-13).

There are about 150 majors to choose from at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, a large, public institution that is committed to research. All freshmen must live on the school’s campus in downtown Lincoln and can bring cars if they wish. There are more than 400 student organizations to check out, including a large Greek community with more than 40 fraternities and sororities. The UNL athletic squads, known as the Huskers, compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.

The University of Nebraska also offers a wide variety of graduate departments, including a College of Law, a College of Business Administration, a College of Engineering and a College of Education and Human Sciences. Notable alumni of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln include investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett and television talk show host Johnny Carson.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Chartered in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in one institution combines the state's land-grant and state university (member of Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities). In the university's early days, renowned educator and administrator Charles Bessey wrote the language for the Hatch Act which on a national scale helped define land-grant and extension services missions, and firmly placed Nebraska among universities whose mission is to do 'practical' research and outreach. But Nebraska also maintains a solid mission for teaching and for research in the arts and sciences. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the state's comprehensive research university.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1869
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $161,111,742


When applying to University of Nebraska--Lincoln, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Nebraska--Lincoln is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.4%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Nebraska--Lincoln is 20:1, and the school has 41.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Nebraska--Lincoln include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Education; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Engineering 10%
Education 8%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 8%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

University of Nebraska--Lincoln has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,103, with a gender distribution of 54.2 percent male students and 45.8 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. University of Nebraska--Lincoln is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 24,207
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Nebraska--Lincoln offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Nebraska--Lincoln also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Nebraska--Lincoln.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $8,068 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,968 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,122 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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