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Our Mission

ϲʹ System exists to transform lives and communities in Nebraska and around the world. The four campuses of the University System bring unique strengths together to create an exceptional level of quality and impact—through accessible and excellent education for diverse populations of students, research and creative activity that generates new knowledge, and service and engagement that enriches quality of life.

The Road Ahead Starts Right Here.

When the place you call home goes on and on in all directions, limitations aren’t something you worry about. We take a wider look at the world, which means we approach problems in ways others might overlook. That means we’re not just making a difference right here in Nebraska; we’re improving lives in all corners of the world. 

Charting Our Course: ϲʹ's Five-Year Strategy

The Five-Year Strategy sets specific, measurable targets for becoming an even more accessible and impactful university system—a university producing the workforce, research, partnerships and innovation necessary to grow Nebraska for the future. Learn more about the five key priorities below.

Accessible, Affordable, and Attainable Education

The affordability, accessibility and quality of a University of Nebraska education will continue to be our most important priority.

Fulfilling Nebraska's Workforce Needs

With more skilled graduates, we’ll grow our economy, workforce, and strong communities across the state.

Fostering an Inclusive Culture and Environment

Students should see themselves reflected in our classrooms, and all members of our community deserve to feel valued, welcomed, and safe.

Amplifying our Impact through Partnerships 

We will make every decision with an eye toward building the trust and confidence of our most important partners, the people of Nebraska.

Maximizing Efficiency and Effectiveness 

We will hold ourselves to a high standard — recognizing our responsibility to demonstrate accountability to those who invest in us.

In Doing, We Learn

At the University of Nebraska, we equip our students with the skills and opportunities to do great things.

Study Abroad

Not all of our students’ most valuable lessons are learned in Nebraska.

Undergraduate Research

We are among the top 30 U.S. public universities in research and development spending.

From the search to the interview, we help our students land valuable internships with companies all over Nebraska and beyond.

Transformational Advising

We help students explore, define and accomplish their academic and career goals.

Graduation Guarantees

We're committed to supporting undergraduate, transfer, and returning and re-admitted students during their academic journeys.

We offer our students a quality, fully accredited education when and where it works best for them.

ϲʹ: Affordable Excellence

True to our land-grant heritage, the University of Nebraska’s highest priority is to provide students and families with affordable access to an excellent education. With higher education increasingly linked to individual and economic success, our commitment to ensuring both affordability and quality has never been more important.

Great Education for a Great Value

ϲʹ represents a great value for students and families, with tuition costs at least 14 percent below the averages of our peer institutions.

2021-22 resident undergraduate tuition and fees:

  • Resident Undergraduate
    $ 7,986/year
Peer Institution Average
  • Resident Undergraduate (Peer)
    $ 10,339(23%)

*Notes: Does not include differential tuition rates. Tuition rates at the University of Nebraska Medical Center vary by program. Does not include room and board, books and supplies, or other costs.

Financial Aid

More than half of all University of Nebraska undergraduates receive financial aid that they do not have to pay back—meaning most of our students don’t pay the “sticker price.”

Access for Students With Financial Need

Cost shouldn’t be a barrier for students who want to attend the University of Nebraska. More than 1 in 5 Nebraska undergraduates at the university qualify for full tuition coverage thanks to Collegebound Nebraska, our tuition assistance program for students with high financial need.

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No One Ever Won a Scholarship for Doubting Themselves.

ϲʹ fosters academic excellence, inspiring students to take pride in their abilities as they transform into innovative leaders ready to make a difference.

3,620

Regent Scholars

2023-2024

The full-ride Regents Scholarship is awarded to academically outstanding incoming freshmen who are graduates of Nebraska high schools.

50

U.S. States

Represented in the 2023-2024 student body.

3,096

International Students

Studying at the University of Nebraska's campuses in 2023-2024.

140

Countries

Represented in the 2023-2024 student body.

2,615

Honors Students

Participating in honors programs at the University of Nebraska's campuses in 2023-2024.

9,718

Graduate Students

Represented in the Fall 2023 student body.

7

Fulbright Scholars

Students selected for the Fulbright Program for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Graduating is What We Do Before We Do What Makes a Difference

From Working For Warren Buffett To Working With Nebraska’s Greatest Assets: Its Students

UNK ‘88

President and CEO of Borsheims, Omaha’s fine jewelry retailer owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Goracke recently added a new title to make her resume all the more impressive: “UNK Executive in Residence.” She spoke to students at her alma mater, both about the business of retail and her own lessons learned on campus.

Scoring Big As Part of a Startup Team

UNL ‘06

Together with two other classmates from UNL’s Raikes School, Graff founded Hudl—a Lincoln-based tech startup built to help sports teams better analyze their game tapes. For the past three years, Inc. has recognized Hudl as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

Pioneering Physical Therapy Halfway Around The World

UNMC '15

Dr. Zhang is one of the first two graduates of UNMC's China health professions doctoral program—a collaborative partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Chinese Scholarship Council, and Dr. Zhang’s alma mater back home, Tongji University.

Standing Out From The Herd

UNO ‘15

By combining her interest in innovation with her personal experiences growing up on a ranch, Ostrander created a cattle insemination app called MooManager. In addition to saving ranchers hours of work each day, the unprecedented software company earned Ostrander the Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award.

Find Your University of Nebraska

Discover the University of Nebraska campus that fits you best. Learn more and apply online.

UNK focuses on undergraduate education— offering a hands-on, private-school feel on a major state university campus.

UNL is the system’s flagship—a land-grant research institution and Big Ten member that has led and innovated for almost 150 years.

UNMC is Nebraska’s only public academic health science center—creating a healthier future through education, groundbreaking research and exceptional patient care.

UNO is a metropolitan institution, with students, alumni, and faculty who propel the economy of the largest city in Nebraska. 

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Earn your degree online. Browse more than 100 programs offered online from NU’s four campuses. Flexible courses taught by expert faculty give working adults—and place-bound students—access to the academic rigor and exceptional service you’d expect from a first-class university.

350+

Undergraduate majors

82%

Full-time undergrads receiving financial aid they don’t have to pay back

25%

More than one-quarter of all NU undergraduates are now the first in their families to attend college.

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