The University of Nebraska at Omaha is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan research university, offering nationally recognized bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at competitive prices that meet the diverse needs of traditional and nontraditional students. UNO spans more than 150 acres on multiple campuses in the heart of Omaha – a testament to the fact that UNO is driven by an extraordinary connection to and partnership with the city it calls home.
Since its inception in 1908, UNO has been firmly anchored in the community, forging partnerships with business, education, government, arts and civic organizations. Early founders of UNO had a desire for a learning environment “free from ecclesiastical control” and for a university within reach of anyone who sought higher education. Accessibility is a commitment that remains an important part of UNO’s mission and vision.
By 1930, Omaha voters approved taking over control of the University of Omaha, making it the city’s first and only municipal university. Over time UNO became the state’s metropolitan university and the symbiotic relationship between UNO and the city of Omaha has only grown stronger.
In the 1930s, UNO adopted adult education and continuing studies programs that were progressive for the time, focusing on access, lifelong learning and educating students for employment. To this day, UNO prides itself on preparing students for careers and narrowing the gap between student life and career life.
Since UNO became part of the University of Nebraska in 1968, there has been a flurry of growth – from Mammel Hall, the state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot home of the College of Business Administration, to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building, one of the premier university recreation centers in the country. UNO has added 832,000 total square feet of facilities and renovated more than half of its academic space in recent years. Student housing has been constructed, allowing more students to live on campus and fully experience all that UNO has to offer. UNO has taken its athletics programs to the next level, joining the ranks of NCAA Division I sports in the Summit League. On the academic side, priorities include early childhood education, global engagement, STEM fields and sustainability. UNO is widely recognized for its military friendliness with a presence at Offutt Air Force Base since 1950 and its connections to urban, regional, national and global communities.
For seven consecutive years, UNO has remained on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its civic engagement. UNO in 2014 celebrated the grand opening of the new 60,000-square-foot Community Engagement Center, which will support and allow for further expansion of university-community partnerships.
It is in part thanks to its rich, layered history that Mavericks today know they are a part of a university committed to diversity and inclusion. The opportunity to create the next chapter continues as the University of Nebraska at Omaha addresses the changing needs of the metropolitan area, state, region and world.