Lincoln, NE
Tuition (in-state)
$19,848 ($7,563)
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lincoln is getting better as far as diversity goes, but we don't have as much opportunity as other schools do to be accepting since Nebraska is mostly white.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a great international community on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of every race, religion and background that you can think of. Most times people are very accepting and this only helps to improve our campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is very diverse in terms of ethnicity, economic background, political beliefs, religion and sexual orientation.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: It is definitely not a diverse school.

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  • 119th
    Most Conservative Schools
  • 1253rd
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1268th
    Most Liberal Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandi Pflasterer
Grand Island, NE
Animal Science
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It’s not that students don’t want diversity at UNL, it's just that there’s not a whole lot of it to be had in the great state of Nebraska. Many of the minority students at UNL are honors students or student leaders, and they are greeted with the same warm smile that anyone else could expect from a Nebraskan.

Of course, there’s progress to be made at UNL when it comes to diversity, and some may argue that there is nowhere to go but up. Racial stereotypes and slurs certainly don’t run rampant, but they’re not unheard of either. In 1892, George Flippin donned a Nebraska football helmet to become one of only five African-American student-athletes in the nation. It’s this kind of forward thinking that UNL strives for—even in a state that can be a bit backwards, and for this, the school earns some points but not enough for a decent grade.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 20%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 12%
Native American: 1%
White: 76%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Because of Nebraska's conservative nature, a lot of people tend to be homophobe. However, there are organizations on campus for gay students and anyone who supports them.
Political Activity
Nebraska is a Republican state, and this carries over to campus. However, any type of political view can be found on campus.
Economic Status
Many of the students who come to Nebraska are middle class, which is nice because no one is going to care what you wear or how much money your parents have.
Most Common Religions
Students at UNL represent many different religions, but Lutherans and Catholics dominate the spiritual scene.
Minority Clubs on Campus
African Peoples Union, Chinese language & Cultural Exchange, Mexican American Student Association, Minorities in Agricultural Natural Resources, Multicultural Legal Society, Vietnamese Student Assocation, Spectrum

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 79 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 24% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 31% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 28% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 78 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 77 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 79 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 34% Very accepting.


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