Nebraska Impact


Our university creates opportunity in Nebraska like no other entity. We educate Nebraska’s young adults, and we attract new talent to our state. We conduct research, engage in creative work and develop public-private partnerships that create jobs in Nebraska. And, through Nebraska Extension, we improve the lives of our state’s citizens in all 93 counties. Thanks to the grit of our faculty, staff and students, we achieve glory that’s entwined with the state’s accomplishments. As we grow, so does our impact on the state – and all Nebraskans benefit.

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BILLIONAnnual Economic Impact In the State of Nebraska

1,406Sponsored Awards

$302M2017 total research expenditures

1 MILLIONSquare feet of space for research

23%Increase in research expenditures in the past 10 years

FY 2017 Federal expenditures by agency


$21 Million

University expenditures supported by industry sponsorship

$143 Million

Annual economic impact

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Increase in early career tenure-track faculty since 2012

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Jobs created statewide

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5.15 MillionIn licensing income in FY18

NU IN TOP 16% In the U.S. in putting faculty research to work via commercialization activities and driving economic growth.

- Milken Institute, 2017

TOP 100 IN PATENTS The University of Nebraska system ranked among the top 100 academic institutions worldwide in earning U.S. patents with 37 during 2017, with Husker researchers named as inventors on 27 patents.

- National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association


2017 Best new research campus in the world(Emerging research park award), Association of Research Parks


Economic impact from operation of investments of business, organizations, and conferences located at NIC


Diverse private and public-sector partners


Student internships funded

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Husker Wheat

University of Nebraska-Lincoln wheat varieties are planted on more than 50% of Nebraska wheat acres annually, resulting in over a hundred million dollars of economic impact at the farm gate.

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Nebraska Technology Impacting U.S. Crops

NUtech Ventures licensed crop herbicide-tolerance technology that was planted on nearly 50 million acres of soybeans and cotton in 2017. - Bayer (Monsanto) 2018


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Leading The World...

in the effort to achieve food security with less stress on water resources and shaping the vision for research and outreach when it comes to early childhood education.

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Leading The Nation...

in Academic All-American awards earned by our student-athletes. Nebraska has a nation-leading total of 333, far outdistancing second-place Notre Dame at 257.

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Leading The State...

in attracting more talented students and serving them more effectively and working to meet the needs of Nebraska's workforce and economy.


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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 288,552 degrees. [Aug. '18]

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More than20,000 Undergrad Students

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More than4,200 Grad Students

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Real-world software solutions have been developed on campus by students for 70 Nebraska-based organizations 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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Architecture Design-Builds Benefit Students, Communities

Working collaboratively with local, state and private sectors, architecture students designed and built the South Sioux City community orchard multipurpose facility and the Baxa cabin at the Cedar Point Biological Station near Ogallala.

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Summer Projects in 10 Nebraska Communities

17 high-achieving Husker students spent the summer working on projects creating impacting economies in 10 communities across the Cornhusker State.


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3 of 4 Nebraska farmers and ranchers work with Nebraska Extension each year to boost crop and animal productivity.

  • 24,000 Nebraska crop producers accessing Extension information
  • 12,500 Nebraska beef producers accessing Extension information
Empowering 140,000 Nebraska Youth

In Nebraska, 1 in 3 age-eligible youth across all 93 counties are enrolled in 4-H, for a total enrollment reaching approximately 140,000 youth.

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55 New High School Agricultural Education Programs

Through the last eight years, the university has helped 55 Nebraska schools add agricultural education programs. The majority of those classes will be led by Husker graduates.

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Best Value Online MBA in the U.S.

(Financial Times, 2017)