For nearly 150 years, the University of Nebraska has existed to serve the citizens of the state through high-quality, affordable education, research that improves the quality of life for Nebraskans and others, and engagement with citizens in every county. Thanks to an enduring partnership with the state, along with unprecedented support from the private sector, the university has been successful in fulfilling its responsibility to Nebraskans.
“Our mission has never been more important in our 149-year history than today. Higher education has never been more needed for career success, and research and innovation to better understand and improve the human and natural environmental condition.”— Ronnie Green, Chancellor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“NU leaders have worked with Nebraska’s business community to identify the needs of employers statewide. We consider the university a valuable source of talent and an important economic driver for the Nebraska economy.”— Barry Kennedy, President
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
“RaceNote would not be in the position we are in had the university not invested in a small-town kid who had his mind set on starting a company.”— Dusty Reynolds, UNK graduate
Co-founder of RaceNote, and 2016 Pipeline Innovator of the Year
“The University of Nebraska touches virtually every Nebraskan in some way. The activities of the university are transforming lives and communities across the state, and we have a proven record of successfully leveraging the resources that Nebraskans invest in us.”— Hank Bounds, President
University of Nebraska
“NU is a major force in the Nebraska economy… The true impact of the university goes far beyond the $3.9 billion in annual economic impact. It is the lynchpin for Nebraska’s continued growth and prosperity.”— Paul Umbach, founder and president
“Although our mission is to improve lives by creating a healthier tomorrow, our impact extends beyond our core of health care education, research, patient care and community outreach. We’re proud of our statewide economic impact.”— Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., Chancellor
University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska at Omaha
“Our scholarly and cultural activities and our research and outreach enriches and improves Nebraskans’ lives in so many ways. It’s hard to imagine a family or business who isn’t helped in some way by the University of Nebraska.”— Doug Kristensen, Chancellor
University of Nebraska at Kearney
“I’m proud of what our university does to train the next generation of agricultural leaders, advance research to help feed the world, and build partnerships in communities across our state – clearly a recognition and continuation of its original land-grant mission.”— Bart Ruth, President
Agricultural Builders of Nebraska
Today the University of Nebraska is in a strong position to join with its public and private-sector partners to grow Nebraska for the future. NU’s four campuses are major economic drivers, providing almost 11,000 graduates annually for the workforce, conducting and commercializing innovative research, delivering high-quality clinical care and leveraging partnerships with public and private entities to attract talent and create jobs. The university also is a key contributor to a thriving arts and cultural community in Nebraska that enriches citizens’ lives.
The university engaged Tripp Umbach, a leading national consultant, to conduct an independent analysis of the University of Nebraska’s impact on the state’s economic and social vitality. Tripp Umbach’s analysis demonstrates that the university’s impact is significant and far-reaching. NU’s academic activities have an annual impact of $3.9 billion on Nebraska’s economy, and the university supports 1 out of every 36 jobs in the state.
In addition, 1 out of every 7 working-age Nebraskans has a University of Nebraska degree. The 11,000 new graduates the NU campuses produce every year grow the state’s earning power by $50 million annually, putting Nebraskans in a stronger position to hold good jobs that support their families and allow them to contribute to their communities.
Beyond the data, the University of Nebraska is an agent for change for the state and its people. The university touches virtually every Nebraskan – whether by opening an opportunity for a first-generation student to earn a degree, providing care for a cancer patient, supporting an aspiring entrepreneur, advancing agricultural productivity, or countless other ways – and plays a vital role in the state’s economic success and quality of life. Without the opportunities created by its public university, Nebraska cannot be successful.
Read the latest stories from the University of Nebraska’s campuses—and institutes—about the impact that faculty, staff and students are making on our state.