UNL Background Information

If a proposal requires background information about UNL, the following, in addition to information specific to your department program, may be used:

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered by the Legislature in 1869, is that part of the University of Nebraska system which serves as both the land-grant and the comprehensive public University for the State of Nebraska.  Through its three primary missions of teaching, research, and service, UNL is the state’s primary intellectual center providing leadership throughout the state through quality education and the generation of new knowledge. UNL’s graduates and its faculty and staff are major contributors to the economic and cultural development of the state. UNL attracts a high percentage of the most academically talented Nebraskans, and the graduates of the University form a significant portion of the business, cultural, and professional resources of the State. The quality of primary, secondary, and other post-secondary educational programs in the state depends in part on the resources of UNL for curricular development, teacher training, professional advancement, and enrichment activities involving the University’s faculty, museums, galleries, libraries, and other facilities. UNL provides for the people of the state unique opportunities to fulfill their highest ambitions and aspirations, thereby helping the state retain its most talented youth, attract talented young people from elsewhere, and address the educational needs of the non-traditional learner.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral degree granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. Through its service and outreach efforts the University extends its educational responsibilities directly to the people of Nebraska on a statewide basis. Many of UNL’s teaching, research and service activities have an international dimension in order to provide its students and the state a significant global perspective.  In Fall 2010, for the seventh-straight year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln made U.S. News and World Report’s annual evaluation of America’s Best Colleges’ Top 50 list of Public National Universities.  UNL is ranked near the top third of all national universities both public and private, (tied with six others at 104th), and is tied with four other universities as 47th in the “Top 50” list for public national universities. This places UNL among the top one-fourth of all public universities.

UNL enrolled over 24,000 (FTE) students in 2010, consisting of over 19,000 undergraduates and over 5,000 graduate and professional students.