Our Mission

The University of Nebraska—through its four campuses—strives to be the best public university in the country as measured by the impact we have on our people and our state, and—through them—the world.

The Road Ahead
Starts Right Here.

When the place you call home goes on and on in all directions, limitations aren’t something you worry about. We take a wider look at the world, which means we approach problems in ways others might overlook. That means we’re not just making a difference right here in Nebraska; we’re improving lives in all corners of the world. 

Our Roots Run Deep


On February 15, 1869—just two years after the state was founded—the University of Nebraska was born.

The new land-grant university, founded in Lincoln was created with a goal “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.” For over 150 years, the University of Nebraska has done all this—and more. 


The University of Nebraska Medical Center was founded in 1881 as a private medical college in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1902, the now top-ranked school became part of the University of Nebraska.

UNMC continued to add colleges to meet the needs of future health professionals: a dental college (1903), pharmacy college (1908), nursing college (1917), allied health training programs (early 1930s), the Graduate College (1942), and a public health college (2006).


In 1908, a school called Omaha University was founded. In 1968, it became part of the University of Nebraska, which was reorganized under an act of the Nebraska legislature system to provide for the addition of the University of Nebraska Omaha.

At that time,UNL and UNMC were designated as separate campuses. Today, UNO is NU's metropolitan university and serves urban residents in Omaha, as well as the Omaha community.


First founded in 1905, the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney was established to educate teachers. In 1963, it became Kearney State College and part of the Nebraska state college system.

In 1991, Kearney State College joined the University of Nebraska system and became the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where its tradition of providing a residential, undergraduate-focused education continues.


In 2011, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was invited to join one of the nation’s oldest Division I collegiate athletic conferences: the Big Ten.

In addition to a strong tradition of stand-out athletes, Big Ten institutions are well-regarded as leaders in research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching, and public service. UNL's place in the conference puts it on the same playing field as other top universities in the U.S.


Today, the University of Nebraska is made up of four campuses with unique missions and strengths. 

It’s comprised of a land-grant flagship campus (UNL), an academic medical center (UNMC), a metropolitan campus serving urban residents (UNO), and a rural campus focused on undergraduates (UNK). Working side by side, each of the four campuses accomplishes more than if they worked alone. This collaboration benefits not only Nebraska, but creates a greater impact for our nation—and for our world.

When Our Goals are Realized, so is Nebraska's Potential.

These six key goals outline the impacts we’re striving to make within our state and for its citizens.

Access & Affordability

We want every Nebraskan, everywhere, to enjoy a better life through access to affordable higher education.

Research Growth

With important research initiatives including agriculture, early childhood education, and nanotechnology, we’re working to improve lives here in Nebraska and around the world.

Quality Academic Programs

Building and sustaining high-quality programs begins with a focus on teaching excellence and collaborative learning.

Engagement with the State

The symbiotic relationship between the citizens, communities, economy, and the University of Nebraska is important to the future growth of our state.

Workforce & Economic Development

We’re preparing our graduates to contribute to Nebraska’s talented, competitive workforce and a more knowledgeable community of thought leaders.


We owe it to Nebraskans to maintain a safe, cost effective, and sustainable university environment.

In Doing, We Learn

At the University of Nebraska, we equip our students with the skills and opportunities to do great things.

Study Abroad

Not all of our students’ most valuable lessons are learned in Nebraska.

Undergraduate Research

We are among the top 30 U.S. public universities in research and development spending.


From the search to the interview, we help our students land valuable internships with companies all over Nebraska and beyond.

Transformational Advising

We help students explore, define and accomplish their academic and career goals.

Finish in Four Years Guarantee

With the Commit to Complete program, our students set goals to graduate sooner with less debt and more earning potential.

University of Nebraska Online

We offer our students a quality, fully accredited education when and where it works best for them.

The University of Nebraska: Affordable Excellence

True to our land-grant heritage, the University of Nebraska’s highest priority is 

to provide students and families with affordable access to an excellent education. With higher education increasingly linked to individual and economic success, 

our commitment to ensuring both affordability and quality has never 

been more important.

Great Education for a Great Value

The University of Nebraska represents a great value for students and families, with tuition costs at least 22 percent below the averages of our peer institutions.

2018-19 resident undergraduate tuition and fees:

  • Resident Undergraduate
    $ 7,512/year
  • Resident Undergraduate (Peer)
    $ 9,308(24%)
  • Resident Undergraduate
    $ 9,242/year
  • Resident Undergraduate (Peer)
    $ 11,419(24%)
  • Resident Undergraduate
  • Resident Undergraduate (Peer)
  • Resident Undergraduate
    $ 7,790/year
  • Resident Undergraduate (Peer)
    $ 9,514(22%)

*Notes: Does not include differential tuition rates. Tuition rates at the University of Nebraska Medical Center vary by program. Does not include room and board, books and supplies, or other costs.

More On:

UNL Costs | UNO Costs | UNK Costs | UNMC Costs

Financial Aid

More than half of all University of Nebraska undergraduates receive financial aid that they do not have to pay back—meaning most of our students don’t pay the “sticker price.”

Access for Students With Financial Need

Cost shouldn’t be a barrier for students who want to attend the University of Nebraska. More than 1 in 5 Nebraska undergraduates at the university qualify for full tuition coverage thanks to Collegebound Nebraska, our tuition assistance program for students with high financial need.

No One Ever Won a Scholarship for Doubting Themselves.

The University of Nebraska fosters academic excellence, inspiring students 

to take pride in their abilities as they transform into innovative leaders 

ready to make a difference.


Regent Scholars


The full-ride Regents Scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen who are graduates of Nebraska high schools.


U.S. States

Represented in the 2018-19 student body.


International Students

Studied at one of the University of Nebraska campuses in 2018-19. 



Home countries of the Fall 2018 student body.



College students that studied abroad in 2016-17.


Graduate Students

Represented in the Fall 2018 student body.


Fulbright Scholars

Students selected for the Fulbright Program for the 2018-19 academic year.

Graduating is What We Do Before We Do What Makes a Difference.

Karen Goracke

Karen Goracke

From Working For Warren Buffett To Working With Nebraska’s Greatest Assets: Its Students
UNK ‘88

President and CEO of Borsheims, Omaha’s fine jewelry retailer owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Goracke recently added a new title to make her resume all the more impressive: “UNK Executive in Residence.” She spoke to students at her alma mater, both about the business of retail and her own lessons learned on campus.

David Graff

David Graff

Scoring Big As Part of a Startup Team
UNL ‘06

Together with two other classmates from UNL’s Raikes School, Graff founded Hudl—a Lincoln-based tech startup built to help sports teams better analyze their game tapes. For the past three years, Inc. has recognized Hudl as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

Picture of Xin Zang in graduate robes

Xin Zhang, M.D.,D.P.T. 

Pioneering Physical Therapy Halfway Around The World
UNMC '15

Dr. Zhang is one of the first two graduates of UNMC's China health professions doctoral program—a collaborative partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Chinese Scholarship Council, and Dr. Zhang’s alma mater back home, Tongji University.

Image of Rachel Ostrander with horses

Rachel Ostrander

Standing Out From The Herd
UNO ‘15

By combining her interest in innovation with her personal experiences growing up on a ranch, Ostrander created a cattle insemination app called MooManager. In addition to saving ranchers hours of work each day, the unprecedented software company earned Ostrander the Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award.

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Quality Education, On Your Schedule.

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Undergraduate majors

50% +

Undergrads receiving financial aid they don’t have to pay back       


Year of highest enrollment since 1992