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5 College Freshman

Academics: The main reason I choice this school was for the academics (specifically the Computer Science and Engineering department)

3 College Freshman

Academics: I've only been here one semester, but I can already tell that all my professors so far have cared about helping students to succeed in their classes. They all tell you to come in to office hours, or to email them or make an appointment and get help. They tell you and remind you about resources on campus such as the math or chemistry resource centers.

I like the school so far.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The music school has a plethora of talented professors, which is somewhat mysterious given UNL's location and the lack of other opportunities for professional musicians in the area. The school is run well, but there is a wide disparity between the skill levels of various instruments (e.g., trumpet studio is sub-par, while trombone is excellent; violins are terrible, the rest of the strings do rather well). UNL likes to think of itself as a conservatory and touts itself as being better than it is. It's a nice place, but not a lot to tie you down if you've experienced better.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Large classes are hard to cope with but professors will be available to talk to individually.

4 College Junior

Academics: Actuarial science program is great and provides ton of opportunities for students to prepare for the real world after graduate.

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According to students, the average UNL professor is just that—average. Some are brilliant and some are wretched, and the rest fit somewhere in between. If you want to meet a professor who is more than just your average, everyday Joe, then you’ll need to take it upon yourself to actually meet them by attending office hours. It’s also important to ask your fellow students or visit www.pick-a-prof.com before choosing a course and a professor. Since there are multiple sections for most classes, you often have a choice of instructor, so choose wisely.

You can expect a quality education at UNL. It’s not as academically rigorous as an Ivy, but most students don’t choose Nebraska because of its intense academic programs and renowned faculty. Overall, the relaxed coursework—in comparison to the more prestigious private colleges—gives students some extra time to learn outside the classroom. And, yes, there is much more to college than what’s in the textbooks.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,131
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
344
Total FT Faculty
1,599
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$86,503
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
59%
Transfer-Out Rate
14%
Graduation Rate
65%
Programs/Majors Offered
164
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 39%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 47%
  • 50 or More Students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Dentistry (UNMC)
  • Education and Human Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Law
  • Nursing (UNMC)
  • Public Affairs and Community Service (UNO)
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • City Campus Union
  • Coffee houses anywhere around Lincoln
  • CYT Library (East Campus)
  • East Campus Union
  • Love Library
Tips to Succeed
  • A recent UNL study found that students who go to the Rec Center have higher GPAs than students who don't. So go!
  • Attend Big Red Welcome the Sunday night before classes start and get loads of information about what activities you can do at UNL. Plus, there are enough coupons to last you the rest of the semester.
  • Drop by your prof's office and don't be shy.
  • Explore Lincoln because there is a world off campus, too.
  • Find a place where you fit in and get involved.
  • Go to at least one football game and sit in the student section.
  • Join a summer program like NU Start or UNL Camp Bugeater to become more acquainted and comfortable with UNL and college.
  • Join something but not everything.
  • Living on campus is a great way to meet some great people.
  • Try something new.
Did You Know?
  • Three Nobel Prize winners, eight Pulitzer Prize winners, 22 Rhodes Scholars, 18 Goldwater Scholars, and 12 Truman Scholars graduated from the University of Nebraska.
  • University of Nebraska was the school that famous rockstar Tommy Lee enrolled at for the NBC reality show, Tommy Lee Goes to College.
  • The McRib and the flat iron steak were developed at the University of Nebraska.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 61 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 36% Warren Buffett - one of the richest men in the world
  • 20% Johnny Carson - "Tonight Show" host for 30+ years
  • 17% Ndamakong Suh
  • 12% John J. Pershing - Army general in World War I
  • 11% Willa Cather - Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • 5% Aaron Douglas - artist, leader of the Harlem Renaissance
  • 0% Ted Hustead - founder of Wall Drug

How often do you:    Based on 18 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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