Lincoln, NE
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$19,848 ($7,563)
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4 College Student

Facilities: The university provides an abundant of activities for students, especially those living on campus, and is full of all kinds of cool places to hang out or study. The Recreational center is very nice and free for all students.

3 College Student

Facilities: UNL has many different groups for students to join.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Every part of campus is really well kept and designed with students in mind.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are a lot of departments whose main job is to help you, and the social scene is really what you make of it. Overall a really nice place to get your degree

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: So much opportunity for socialization and many extracurricular activities are available.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 127th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 138th
    Best Student Centers
  • 571st
    Best Library
  • 731st
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandi Pflasterer
Grand Island, NE
Animal Science
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Nebraskans love their Huskers, and they treat both students and student athletes to some breathtaking facilities. Students gush about the Rec Center, which in the minds of many, leaves nothing to be desired. The Student Union is a popular hangout for many students, who enjoy its many amenities and great lighting. Whatever you’re looking to do, UNL provides state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate the student body.

Every few decades, UNL enters a new construction phase. In the past few years, about 20 buildings on campus have been constructed or completely renovated, which gives campus a very nice traditional-meets-modern feel.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
613 acres
Student Centers
  • Nebraska City Union
  • Nebraska East Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • C.Y. Thompson Library
  • Love Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Coffee houses off campus
  • Grassy areas around campus
  • Unions
Bar on Campus
None, but there are many with just a block of City Campus.
Bowling on Campus
There are lanes inside the East Campus Student Union.
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Caffina Café
Movie Theater on Campus
The Ross Theater
School Slang
  • Alphabet Sculpture: Tall red sculpture in front of CBA.
  • ASUN: Association of Students at the University of Nebraska (student government).
  • B-Dubs: Short for Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3's).
  • The Bells: Play at 25 minutes past every hour.
  • Blackboard: An online program that allows professors to post lecture notes and lets students e-mail people in their classes.
  • The Can-Man: A harmless homeless man who rides around campus on a bike collecting aluminum cans from the trash.
  • CASNR: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  • CBA: College of Business Administration.
  • CLC: Chancellor's Leadership Class.
  • The Columns: Series of white stone columns between Memorial Stadium and the Coliseum.
  • CPN: Cather-Pound-Neihardt residence hall complex.
  • The Crib: A hang out by Runza in the Union.
  • DN: The Daily Nebraskan is the school newspaper.
  • E.N. Thompson Forum: A lecture series that attracts phenomenal speakers like Gorbacev, Maya Angelou, and Bono.
  • Elephant Hall: Morrill Hall, which has one of the world's leading collections of mammoth fossils.
  • The Fountain: Geysers and rocks in front of the Student Union.
  • HSS: Harper-Schramm-Smith residence hall complex.
  • M&N: Military and Naval Science Building.
  • The Mall: The green space with fountains where 15th Street should be.
  • Nerdhardt: An appropriate nickname for Neihardt Residence Hall.
  • The Radiator: Nickname for Hamilton Hall, which looks like a 13-story radiator.
  • ROTC: Reserve Officer's Training Corps (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force).
  • Shmigos: Nickname for Amigos, a fast-food Mexican restaurant where students gorge themselves at 2 a.m.
  • Smelleck: An appropriate nickname for Selleck Residence Hall.
  • Special K: Same tall red sculpture in front of CBA.
  • The Stacks: The short levels in Love Library.
  • The Torn Notebook: A sculpture of a giant spiral notebook.
  • Turd-foot: A sculpture by Architecture Hall that looks like a turd-molded foot.
  • UPC: University Program Council.
  • WAM: "What-About-Me" is the online program to register for classes or check your University bills.
  • "No Place Like It": The school song, "No Place Like It," was written in 1920 by homesick ROTC officers at summer camp in Minnesota. Today, "There's No Place Like Nebraska" is the school motto.
  • The Cornhuskers: Formerly the Bugeaters, Tree Planters, and Rattlesnake Boys, the school finally settled on the Cornhuskers for its nickname.
  • Graduation: For some it comes too soon and for others it can't come soon enough. But for everyone, graduation is a special day. The speakers are average and the robes aren't very flattering, but there's one thing that separates UNL's graduation from almost every other university of its size. The Chancellor actually signs each student's diploma-not a machine, not a secretary, but the Chancellor himself.
  • Homecoming: A week-long schedule of festivities, floats, and football is one of campus' largest traditions. Alumni flock back to campus as if it were Mecca and it's generally a good time had by all.
  • Ivy Day: Ivy Day celebrated its Centennial last year with the ceremonial planting of the ivy outside UNL's Love Library. The day marks the induction of the Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board and UNL's own senior honor society, the Innocents.
  • Memorial Stadium: Since 1962, there has not been an empty seat on a home game day at Memorial Stadium. That's more than 250 consecutive sellouts-more than any other college in the nation.
  • The University Gates: In the late 1800s, a tall black-iron fence and four rounded gates enclosed the campus. When a main building on campus caught fire and the rescue team couldn't fit their trucks through the gates, the University removed the fencing. One gate remains and protects the entrance to the University's columns. As for the fence, it now borders Wyuka Cemetery at 40th and O Streets.
Urban Legends
  • Newton's Apple Tree - You know the apple that dropped on Newton's head when he conceived gravity? Well, outside the physics building (Brace Hall) a direct descendant of Newton's apple tree is planted and inspires future discoveries at Nebraska.
  • School Spirit - There's one thing that unites the gym rats with the band geeks, the engineers with the English majors, and the frat brothers with the dormies-a Husker football Saturday. Even the students who don't own season tickets, however, are still Huskers. The school spirit is highly contagious, and when you go to Nebraska, your blood isn't just red-it's Husker red.
  • The Bell Tower - UNL's bell tower is much more than a source of entertainment and timekeeping. It's also one of campus' most notorious urban legends. In the era before cell phones, the bell caroler got locked inside the bell tower. He pounded on the door, but no one came to his rescue. Desperate, he began chiming the bells to the Beatles' tune, "Help." Eventually, someone went to see what all the playing was about and freed the caged caroler.
  • The Collapsible Building - Hamilton Hall is made up of 13 unlucky floors of chemistry labs. It is built in three separate sections and many hypothesize that the divide was designed to keep two sections standing if a foolish student in lab goggles should happen to blow up the other one.
  • The Columns - UNL has 24 white stone columns that reach toward the sky. People say that if a girl leaves UNL without ever hooking up, the columns will crash back down to earth.
  • The Playboy Staircase - The glass spiral staircase of Phi Delta Fraternity was once used as a backdrop for a Playboy photo shoot. There was some backlash, but the fraternity brothers didn't seem to mind.
  • The Temple Ghost - Dallas Williams, a former theater professor at UNL, died in 1971. The Temple Building, home to the UNL Theater Department, has allegedly been haunted by his ghost ever since.
Favorite Things To Do
Students like to hang out in coffee houses, play intramural sports, go to UPC events, and cheer on Huskers athletic teams. University Program Council (UPC) tries to have lots of activities to do at one of the Unions depending on the weekend. For students who are into sports, the recreation centers and intramural sports are a great way to hang out with friends.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The University of Nebraska has tons of recognized student organizations that range from equestrians to evangelists.
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
UNL's Architecture Hall is home to the largest urinal west of the Mississippi.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 55 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 26% Memorial Stadium
  • 19% Get rec'
  • 19% The Cornhuskers
  • 10% "No Place Like It"
  • 10% Homecoming
  • 6% Big Red Event
  • 3% Club fair
  • 3% The support that is given to every activity!
  • 3% The University Gates
  • 0% Graduation
  • 0% Ivy Day

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% Coffee houses off campus
  • 17% Unions
  • 17% Grassy areas around campus
  • 13% Dorms
  • 13% Love library
  • 13% Rec center
  • 4% Fraternity House

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 81 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 4% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 47% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 49% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 66 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 46% Recreational Center
  • 23% Front desk at residence halls
  • 23% Union
  • 8% Library

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 56% Campus Rec
  • 22% Intramurals
  • 22% Go out to eat

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Neihardt is haunted.
  • 43% Touching mammoth's foot is good luck before a quiz



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