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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is committed to building vibrant undergraduate education programs and an aggressive and competitive research agenda. This focus has served us well, and it continues today. We're proud to be a Top 50 national public university located in one of the best cities in America.

I encourage you to explore our website to see how we're serving the people of Nebraska and impacting the world and discover why "There Is No Place Like Nebraska."

Harvey Perlman, Chancellor
201 ADM, UNL 68588-0419

Students walking on campus

Undergraduate Education

As a land-grant university, we have an overriding responsibility to serve the people of Nebraska by attracting and educating young talent. As a Big Ten, Top 50 public university, we stand out to prospective students and families as a place where undergraduates - whether from Nebraska, another state or another country - are welcomed and supported. We believe each student matters and work hard to help them feel like they belong here.

This fall's student body is the largest in the history of the university - making this our third straight year of enrollment growth. It is gratifying to achieve this historic figure and to continue to see an increasing number of students take advantage of everything UNL has to offer. This is the result of an ongoing effort across our campus to increase enrollment, and momentum is driven by the clear upward trajectory of our university. As we grow, we continue to develop and refine programs that assist individual students to be successful participants in our academic community, to graduate in four years and to move on to the next important phase of their lives and careers.

students in classroom at College of Law
By The Numbers
  • 25,260 total enrollment
  • Top 50 public colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 1 of the 28 best university programs in undergraduate research and creative projects
  • Best Value College (The Princeton Review)
  • Best Value Law School in the U.S. (The National Jurist)
Research partnership announcement


It is our responsibility through research to help to create a resilient, innovative Nebraska economy and impact our nation and world. UNL's research enterprise is growing toward that end. In fact, our research trajectory continues to exceed the pace of most national research institutions. This growth is arising from multiple centers and departments across campus, but in particular, it is clear that this university is fast becoming the global focal point for the effort to provide more food with less water through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. We are also leading the way in other critical fields including physics, nanotechnology, virology, early childhood education, digital humanities, and many more.

We have a very ambitious research agenda, and it's rewarding to see the strength of our faculty leadership at work across campus. I encourage you to see the innovative research ongoing at UNL by visiting our Office of Research & Economic Development site.

Nebraska Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus

An integral component of our research agenda is the continued development of Nebraska Innovation Campus, where private businesses are partnering with university researchers in the evolution of marketable innovations. Several partnerships have been announced already, and more are on the way. The Food Innovation Center houses our Food Science and Technology Department, ConAgra Foods, Inc. and other private companies. The Greenhouse Innovation Center and the Conference Center are also creating significant levels of activity. The vision to "thrive in a dynamic environment where university and private sector talent connect to transform ideas into innovation that impacts the world" is already being realized just 3 years into this 20-year development.

By The Numbers
  • 2.2 million square feet of space with 500,000 square feet completed within 5 years at NIC
  • 17 current NIC partners connecting culture, talent and resources
  • 7th annual Water for Food Global Conference April 24-26, 2016
UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman with Zheng Nanning, president of Xi'an Jiaotong University, during the signing ceremony for an agreement that will create an American Culture Center in Xi'an, China.

International Partnerships

UNL is also increasingly global in our reach. The American Exchange Center in Xi'an, China with our partner Xi'an Jiaotong University is a good example. This center provides access to Chinese students to American activities and culture and providing a site from which our own students and faculty can engage in China. Our partnership degree programs in China continue to increase the number of Chinese undergraduates on our campus. Efforts in Brazil have made us the largest recipient of Brazilian undergraduate students under that country's new Science Without Borders program.