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UNL is just the right size. I love that I am able to meet new students every semester and also be able to develop close relationships with the faculty. I spend my time about equally on campus and our downtown area. Lincoln's downtown area is great because it offers movie theaters, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, smoothie shops, and great clothing vendors. I love football Saturdays. The excitement on college game day is like nothing else I have experiences. Fans are kind to the opposing team and there is a welcoming of outsiders to Lincoln. Most schools show disrespect to fans of the opposing team, but not here in Lincoln. We pride ourselves in having and showing great sportsmanship to the fans and teams we play.
The school is a perfect size. Its not too big and its not too small. The one thing I would change is trying to get a better and bigger rec center. Nebraska is very centrally located and easy to get anywhere. The traffic of the city is not bad but its a large city. Not like living in the middle of no where. You get the city life without the crazy traffic.
i think that UNL is the perfect size of school for nebraska. Some kids come from a small town and adjusting to a larger one may be difficult. It's not too big but not too small. There are a wide variety of things that you can get involved with if you choose. I think that anyone would say that there needs to be more available parking. with the university growing somethings need to change in order to accomodate the changes. For me with the major i chose i don't have as much free time as I would like and i don't get to venture to many different parts of the campus as often as i would like but when i do i love it. i don't think i would have picked a different place to attend undergraduate school.
Lincoln is definitely a college town. Once you get off campus, there is just bar after bar and fast food. Lincoln as a city is really bland with not much to do. Other than the city of Lincoln, UNL is really great. I spend most of my time on campus either around my dorm or at the rec. The rec center at UNL is amazing. They have an indoor football field, lap pool, weight room, rock wall, and tons of other cool stuff including the injury care and prevention facilities. School pride is really apparent here, especially on football days. When the Huskers play, the campus and city is one big party. The administration recently made a bad decision to move the student section on the football stadium up about twenty rows and throw a bunch of old people in front of us. WTF? So everyone around campus is mad about that. The most frequent student complaint is about the university's alcohol policy. No alcohol is allowed on campus, which makes for some fairly boring weekends sometimes. Its all good though; the houses right off campus are where the partys are at, but beware of the Lincoln PD. They love nothing more than handing out MIPs and other alcohol related tickets.
I transfered back home to UNL after my first two years out of state. It was really refreshing to come back and experience UNL. I think that Lincoln and UNL offer a lot more than what meets the eye. For me it was the atmosphere on and around campus. Theft is a HUGE problem at a lot of other colleges but at UNL and in Lincoln people just maintain a higher standard of conduct most of the time. People are very friendly and helpful and the professors are really accessible here. Another thing is safety. I feel safe in Lincoln - the corruption, drugs, gang violence, guns, rapes, and bar fights from other larger cities hasn't come here yet the way it has to other places.
One of the best things about UNL is its beautiful campus. It can only be fully enjoyed when it's not 30 below zero and blizzarding, but when Spring hits and the fountain turns on, it's a lovely dwelling place. If I could change something about this university it would be the fact that we don't have a lot of campus-wide activities going on very often, and when we do, often times I don't hear about them because they aren't usually publicized very well. That frustrates me, because I like to attend the big hurrah events when they set them up, but we don't usually get emails, it's mostly just a few posters on campus, so if you miss them, you are in the dark. Size-wise, this school fits me perfectly. The intro classes are ginormous, so it takes a couple of years to get into classes where you might actually makes some good friends because you can find each other on a day to day basis. As a girl coming from Bellevue / Omaha, it fit my lifestyle well. For those of you coming from small towns, it's a good community here. If you're coming from a big city, it's a lot different here! It really depends on your personality and what kind of campus you are looking for. Be prepared to answer questions about / defend / say you don't care about the Huskers (football team) if you go here. That's what people will ask you about. When I lived on campus, when it was nice out, I spent most of my time walking around. I got some great exercise that year! It's fun to walk downtown or out in the Haymarket. There's lots of little shops and places to explore. I'd say UNL is definitely a college town on this side of Lincoln. There are lots of businesses geared towards college students. If you go into the other parts of Lincoln, it's a lot more middle-class suburbia. Students do have a lot of school pride here, I think mostly due (once again) to the strong affiliation with our athletics. One unusual thing about UNL is the overpopulation of squirrels who aren't afraid of people and stray kitties. You can't take two steps in any direction without seeing one of those two critters meandering by.
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