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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I'm from around here so I can always find things to do.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I love the town, just going out and seeing all the different things Lincoln has to offer is great!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is always something to do at night or any day of the week

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is always something to do downtown or in the haymarket

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I came from Omaha, and Lincoln seems more laid back than Omaha is. Unless it's after a home game, there's less traffic, and everyone gives each other their space. However, people are willing to help you if you need it.


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Judging from students’ comments, it’s obvious that Lincoln is a college town. There are four colleges in the area, which means there are tens of thousands of college students to run into at bars, sporting events, parties, malls, and concerts. Omaha offers a nice change of pace for when students get tired of the usual Lincoln hangouts.

Lincoln’s no NYC, but considering it’s 35 times smaller, it still has enough to keep any young adult occupied. While the city doesn’t have a Broadway or well-known historical landmarks, it does have its share of nature and enough local landmarks to make it feel like home. Lincoln is small enough that, during your senior year, you’ll probably recognize someone anywhere you go, but it’s also big enough that you’re not bored out of your mind after the first week.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Minnesota is the only state that has more lakes than Nebraska.
  2. O Street in Lincoln is the longest main street in the country at 59 miles long.
  3. Kool Aid was invented in Nebraska.
  4. There's a dispute about the origins of the Reuben sandwich. Some say it invented in Nebraska, and others say it was first made in New York City.
  5. Cattle outnumber people 4 to 1 in the state.
Notable Natives
  • Fred Astaire
  • Grace Abbott
  • Marlon Brando
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Buffalo Bill
  • Warren Buffet
  • Johnny Carson
  • Willa Cather
  • Dick Cavett
  • Guy Chamberlin
  • Dick Cheney
  • Crazy Horse
  • Loren Eiseley
  • Father Flanagan
  • Henry Fonda
  • Gerald R. Ford
  • James King
  • Chris Klein
  • Malcolm X
  • J. Sterling Morton
  • Nick Nolte
  • Alexander Payne
  • John J. Pershing
  • Andy Roddick
  • Mari Sandoz
  • Charles Starkweather
  • James Valentine
  • Daryl Zanuck
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Lincoln
  • Haymarket
Shopping Centers
  • SouthPointe Pavilions
  • Westfield Gateway
Movie Theaters
Lincoln Grand
12th and P St.
(402) 441-0222
Movie Theaters
Mary Riepma Ross
313 N. 13th St.
(402) 472-5353
Major Sports Teams
  • Lincoln Saltdogs: minor league baseball
  • Lincoln Stars: hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Kansas City: MO: 3 hours
  • Omaha: NE: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 116 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 117 responses

  • 32% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 50% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 116 responses

  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 54% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 116 responses

  • 21% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% No way.



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