Nebraska Impact

Nebraska's Big Ten and World-Leading Land-Grant University

For more than 150 years, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has been transforming lives through the power of our academic programs and the global impact of our research and outreach. Thanks to the grit of our faculty, staff and students, we achieve glory that’s entwined with the state’s growth and development. Our upward momentum is building, and as a result, our impact on the state is multiplying – and all Nebraskans benefit.

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Impact of Leadership

Nebraska Leads Water for Food Research

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is addressing the challenge of feeding massive population growth while using less water for food production and adapting to the changing climate.

See our impact in water and food

Only in Nebraska: Carson Center

Nebraska’s Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts earned HP/Educause designation, putting UNL in the company of MIT, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth.

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Nebraska's Critical Virology Research

Nebraska scientists were the first to identify a vaccine that could defend against Zika without producing antibodies.

Explore Nebraska Virology

Nebraska Engineering expanding with Kiewit

A gift from Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc., one of America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering firms, is propelling forward Nebraska's new $85 million engineering building.

Read about our plans

Impact of Research

$2.2 Billion Annual Economic Impact In the State of Nebraska

  • 1,593 Sponsored Awards
  • $320M Total research expenditures, FY 2020
  • 1.5 MILLION Square feet of space for research
  • 43% Increase in research expenditures in the past 10 years

FY 2019 Federal expenditures by agency

Industry-Sponsored Research

$10.31 Million Expenditures supported by industry sponsorship
$143 Million Annual economic impact
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24% Increase in early career tenure-track faculty since 2012
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860 Jobs created statewide
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6.48 Million in licensing income in FY21

Nebraska Technology Impacting U.S. Crops NUtech Ventures licensed crop herbicide-tolerance technology to Bayer. The company said it expects to remain “the number one soybean system for weed control in North America” in 2021, with its Xtend and XtendFlex products. – Bayer (Monsanto) 2020

Top 100 in Patents For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Nebraska system is ranked among the top 100 academic institutions worldwide (tied at No. 77) in earning U.S. patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the NU system 38 U.S. patents in 2020, with Husker researchers named as inventors on 27, including five shared with UNMC and one shared with the University of Nebraska at Kearney. – National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association

Nebraska Innovation Campus

Opening 2021: The Scarlet Hotel A new six-story, 154-room boutique hotel in the heart of Nebraska Innovation Campus.

$371.8MAnnual economic impact of NIC

55+ Diverse private and public-sector partners

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Impact of Access

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More than 20,000 Undergrad Students

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More than 4,200 Grad Students

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Real-world software solutions have been developed on campus by students since 2001. – Design Studio in the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management

Nebraska has one of the nation’s leading undergraduate research programs – backed by more than one million dollars in annual funding – empowering students to work one-on-one with faculty on research that creates new knowledge and improves lives in Nebraska and beyond.

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Inclusive Access & Open Education Resource Programs

Since spring 2019, students have saved an estimated $3.5 million in textbook costs through UNL’s inclusive access and open education resource programs, with an average savings of about $63 per textbook.

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When the World Went Remote in Spring 2020...

We stayed connected. Through personal videos, our students share how their one-to-one connections with professors made all the difference when the world went remote in spring 2020.

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Impact of Alumni

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80,000+Alumni work in Nebraska

13 of the top 15 places our graduates land jobs are in Nebraska. We draw new students in, and in turn, Nebraska employers can count on our grads for their talent needs.

Since its founding in 1869, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has awarded 304,968 degrees. (May, 2021)

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Impact of Commitment

Extension and Outreach

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3 of 4 69 New High School Agriculture Education Programs

  • 24,000 Nebraska crop producers accessing Extension information
  • 12,500 Nebraska beef producers accessing Extension information
  • More than 43,000 acres of campus throughout Nebraska

Empowering 140,000 Nebraska Youth

In Nebraska, where in more than ¾ of our counties, one in every two age-eligible youth are enrolled in 4-H, for a total enrollment reaching approximately 140,000 youth.

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66 New High School Agricultural Education Programs

Through the last 10 years, the university has helped 66 Nebraska schools add agricultural education programs. The majority of those classes will be led by Husker graduates.

Husker Scholars Program Supports nearly 3,000 Students

The Husker Scholars Program has enabled $5 million in annual scholarship support from Husker Athletics for students not competing in intercollegiate athletics since 2018. 

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Collaboration & Recognition

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#1 Best Value Online MBA in the U.S.

(Financial Times, 2018)
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University of Nebraska Institutes

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