Lincoln's Universities, Public Schools Are Recognized Nationally

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a student body of around 23,000.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a student body of around 23,000.

The list of accolades is almost dizzying.

Included among U.S. News and World Report’s 2008 list of the top 100 national universities. Top 100 rankings in law, education, science, english, history and arts graduate programs. First institution in the American West to grant the Ph.D. degree. Home of the world’s first undergraduate psychology lab.

The University of Nebraska in Lincoln is running out of wall space.

The school, more than 22,000 students strong, offers nearly 300 undergraduate programs of study and more than 110 graduate programs, along with a law school and a dental college. Students dive into research fields ranging from sociology and geosciences and virology and agricultural.

UNL’s school spirit isn’t too shabby, either. The Cornhuskers have sold out Memorial Stadium for every football game since Nov. 3, 1962. Noted alumni include author Willa Cather, philanthropist Warren Buffett, anthropologist Loren Eiseley and television host Johnny Carson.

Lincoln is also home to two private liberal arts colleges. Nebraska Wesleyan University enrolls roughly 1,500 students, while Union College, affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, educates fewer than 1,000 students, but they come from more than 40 states and more than 25 countries. Both colleges have received nods from U.S. News and World Report: NWU was chosen as the leading liberal arts college in the state, and Union ranked No. 28 among the nation’s top baccalaureate colleges.

The Lincoln campus of Southeast Community College enrolls more than 7,000 full- and part-time students. SCC offers academic transfer programs, training for the state’s law enforcement, and career and technical programs including business, construction, manufacturing and computer science.

Lincoln’s collegiate opportunities are second to none, but the city has its roots in educational excellence even earlier. Expansion Management magazine ranked Lincoln Public Schools among the top 10 percent nationwide.

In Husker territory, quality in education starts early and doesn’t stop.

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