The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska, a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University of Nebraska was founded on February 15, 1869.


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln consistently ranks in the top tier of national research universities. In fact, we are ranked near the top third of all national universities, both public and private. In recent years, Nebraska has been ranked highly for value, graduation rate and access.

  • FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGESBest Buy School, 2018
  • KIPLINGER’SBest Values in Public Colleges, 2016
  • THE NATIONAL JURIST#1 Best Value Law School in the U.S., 2016 and 2015
  • U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION COLLEGE SCORECARDLow Costs, High Graduation Rate
  • U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORTA-Plus Schools for B Student 

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the intellectual center for the state of Nebraska, providing leadership in education and research. The citizens of Nebraska benefit from the knowledge and research generated by our faculty and students. This research-based service to Nebraska is a feature that distinguishes the land grant mission of our university.

The university’s research expenditures totaled more than $284 million in 2015, the most recent fiscal year for which expenditure information is available. This total included nearly $96 million in federal research expenditures. The National Science Foundation accounted for 28 percent, followed by 20 percent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent from the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health) and 10 percent from the Department of Defense. Our goal is to achieve $300 million in research expenditures by 2018.


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