The University of Nebraska was founded on February 15, 1869, less than two years after Nebraska became the
nation's 37th state. The original goal of this new land-grant university was, “To afford the inhabitants
of this state with the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science,
and the arts.” This goal has stood the test of time, inspiring the university's dedication to the education
of students, research in a broad range of disciplines, and service to the state's citizens.
The University of Nebraska is the state's only public university. It became the first institution west of the Mississippi River to offer graduate education in 1903. Founded in Lincoln, the university included a medical center in Omaha beginning in 1902.