University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Narrative Description

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14th and R Sts.
Lincoln, NE 68588
Tel: (402)472-7211
Free: 800-742-8800
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Nebraska System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1869. Setting: 623-acre urban campus with easy access to Omaha. Endowment: $157.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $116.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6848 per student. Total enrollment: 21,792. Faculty: 1,043 (1,022 full-time, 21 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 6,871 applied, 74% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 85% from top half. 65 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 15,684 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 1,453 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 110 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 8% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; communications/communication technologies; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Missouri, Kansas State University, University of South Dakota. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: rank in upper 50% of high school class, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/30.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4313 full-time, $143.75 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,803 full-time, $426.75 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $955 full-time, $6 per credit hour part-time, $187.35 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6008. College room only: $3239. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 335 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 14% of eligible men and 18% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Alumni Association, University Ambassadors, University Program Council, Golden Key. Major annual events: homecoming, Big Red Welcome, UPC Lecture Series. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,558 college housing spaces available; 4,115 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Love Memorial Library plus 10 others with 3.3 million books, 4.6 million microform titles, 22,774 serials, 303,120 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $13.4 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

UNL is located in the capital city of Lincoln, a community of more than 209,000 that combines a college-town atmosphere with the entertainment and nightlife of a larger city. Lincoln boasts a thriving arts community with dozens of art galleries and the Lied Center for Performing Arts, which hosts major productions such as Les Miserables, Cats, and performances by the Russian Ballet, Celine Dion, and cellist Yo-yo Ma. Lincoln has more parks per capita than any other U.S. city and a growing network of bike paths that extend far beyond the city limits. There are 16 golf courses, hundreds of restaurants, more than 30 movie screens, major shopping malls, and a restored downtown historic district complete with specialty shops, coffeehouses, and a dinner theater. Major metropolitan cities like Omaha, Kansas City, Chicago, and Denver are within a day's driving distance, and Lincoln is easily accessible by plane, train, and bus.