Since it was chartered in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been a trailblazer in academics. UNL was the first school in the American West to grant Ph. D.s, and the first to offer its students an undergraduate psychology lab. UNL was also the first university to offer ecology as a discipline.
The original campus only took up four city blocks and had just one building. In the early part of the 20th century, the campus began to expand. Currently, UNL has two separate campuses. City campus is the main campus and east campus is the agricultural campus, located a few blocks away.
UNL consists of two campuses situated two miles apart--City Campus and East Campus. Combined, UNL’s campuses cover more than 600 acres. Both campuses have a Union, which offers several services to students such as dining options and places to hang out. There are also a handful of specialized libraries on campus, but the main library, Don L. Love Memorial Library, holds social sciences and humanities books.
Campus offers a variety of different hangouts for students. As far as the outdoors go, a nice day or night out at the City Campus Union can’t be beat. There is plenty of seating and they turn on the beautiful fountain as soon as the ground is no longer frozen. It’s a good place to sit and read or chat with friends. If you are feeling athletic, bring friends and take up some grass space for a game of Frisbee or catch.
If you work up an appetite, head inside the Union for some delicious dining options. There’s Imperial Palace, Subway, Burger King and a Sbarro. In addition, there are two general concession areas that have all kinds of food for students looking for something a bit less greasy. There’s also a Starbucks to satisfy your caffeine fix. Downstairs at the Union, there is a game room that offers free pool and other such entertainment. Also available for students are computer labs and plenty of seating. Another entertaining place to investigate is the Snack Shack at Abel. You can pop in for a snack or a game of pool.
If you just want to play a game of foosball, ping-pong or air hockey or get together with friends to watch a football game or the Oscars, the game room in the basement of Selleck provides the perfect setting. Equipment for all the games can be checked out at the front desk with your N-Card as a deposit. The game room is just down the hall from the convenience store, so you can grab some snacks if you get a hankering.
UNL is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is also the state’s capital. Since the university is intertwined with Nebraska’s second biggest city, there is plenty for students to do around town.
Lincoln offers a broad array of activities, all relatively close to campus. Downtown is just a few blocks south of city campus. The most popular spot for those who are of drinking age is O Street where students have their pick of a number of different bars, each with a different atmosphere and feel. If you’re in a techno, mood give Bricktop a try. If you're feeling like dancing, The Rail and Dillingers have got you covered.
Don’t go to O Street if you are seeking a laid back evening. There are several other hangouts around downtown, such as Zen Bar and Barrymore’s, that offer a more casual setting. The Alley, a favorite bar of mine, also hosts karaoke twice a week.
If you aren’t into the bar scene, there are plenty of delicious places to eat around the downtown area. There are also lots of dining establishments in the Haymarket, a historic portion of Lincoln located just west of downtown. A favorite downtown hangout of mine is Bison Witches, a sandwich shop and bar that offers all kinds of cheap, delicious options. An abundance of bar and grill options are also available. A few places, mostly fast food or sandwich shops, stay open until 2 a.m. to support the studious (or drunk) students.
There’s a great bowling alley in Lincoln called Sun Valley Lanes. They have specials on bowling a couple times a week; it’s a real fancy place. They also do a lot of leagues, so if anyone is looking for consistent bowling, it’s here! There are ballrooms and movie theaters, concert venues and coffee shops… something to fit every mood!
If you're feeling the urge for an impromptu road trip, Omaha is only a forty-five minute drive down the interstate from Lincoln. The zoo out there is divine, regarded as one of the best in the country. Omaha also has the lovely Old Market, which is fabulous in good weather.
With football basically being UNL’s religion, it comes as no surprise that the school’s most popular tradition revolves around its football team. Students, faculty, and fans come from everywhere to tailgate for the Cornhuskers’ home games. Tons of food, drinks, and grills can be found in the parking lots around the stadium as fans take part in the spirited tradition.
As spectators walk from their cars or respective dorms to the stadium, many of them take a moment to walk past Archie, the giant mammoth statue in front of Morrill Hall. Cornhusker fans will often rub his foot in order to bring the team good luck in the game.
Warren Buffett (1950), American investor and businessman (net worth of $62 billion).
Johnny Carson (1949), former host of “The Tonight Show”.
Willa Cather (1890s), distinguished novelist; winner of Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1923.
Joba Chamberlain (2006?), MLB pitcher for the New York Yankees.
Aaron Douglas (B.F.A 1922), painter and leader of the Harlem Renaissance.
Ahman Green (1998), former running back All-American at UNL, current NFL pro bowler, signed with the Houston Texans in Spring of 2007.
Grant Wistrom (1998), former All-NFL Defensive Lineman, spent time with the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.
The Cornhusker athletic programs are part of the D-I Big 12 Conference. Undoubtedly, football trumps all other sports at UNL. As reported by Jessica Schweppe ’08:
“Nebraska Cornhuskers…football, football ,football! The volleyball and bowling teams have been doing really well lately, and our baseball team made it to the World Series a couple times in the past few years, but football is the beast sport at UNL. The 'Huskers are hardcore. Every single game at Memorial Stadium has been sold out since 1962. If that’s not an indication that UNL loves its football, perhaps the corncob heads will convince you. The team has won five National Championships. Another boasting point about UNL’s athletics is that it has received more Academic All-American awards than any other university.”
Other sports have prospered at UNL, as well. Volleyball also draws big crowds and in 2005, Nebraska set an NCAA record by pre-selling more than 13,000 tickets to the NCAA Regionals. Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team has received NCAA bids in its past two seasons.
For more info about Nebraska sports, see the following articles:
Top 10 Things Freshmen Should Know About Sports at UNL
Game day at UNL: It’s glorious
UNL Lacrosse Draws Crowds Who Are Looking For Something New
UNL was the first academic institution west of the Missouri River to grant Ph.D.s.
UNL established the world's first undergraduate psychology lab.
Rocker Tommy Lee attended several classes at UNL for the NBC television show “Tommy Lee Goes to College” in 2004.
There are three different types of dorms on the UNL campus; traditional, apartment-style and specialty. All the dorms have free internet and cable. The traditional dorms are set up in a few different clusters around campus. Abel and Sandoz are neighbors, as are Cather and Pound. Harper, Schramm and Smith are situated around a courtyard area. Also in the traditional category is the Selleck Quadrangle, which is made up of four buildings all joined by exterior stairways which encompass a courtyard.
These dorms consist of mostly two-person rooms that have built-in furniture in place. The rooms are quite small for two people to share, but they are manageable. Most rooms include two beds, two closets, built-in desk with shelves and built-in dresser drawers with a vanity. Each of these dorms also gives students the option of renting a single room, which is significantly more expensive, but offers twice the space. There are also a few corner rooms that house three tenants but are significantly larger.
All the traditional dorms are co-ed and have shared bathrooms. The dorm room floors are tile, so a rug is recommended so as to reduce cases of freezing feet on winter mornings. Most of them have gone through renovations within the past few years. There is a lounge on each floor where people can hang out and do homework or just chill and watch TV. There are two resident assistants who live on each floor, one for the guys and one for the girls. The RAs are responsible for taking care of any resident problems, organizing floor activities and making sure residents are following the dorm rules.
The apartment style dorms are significantly nicer than the standard dorms. Each one consists of four bedrooms, a kitchen, a small living room, a decent-sized storage closet and two bathrooms. The rooms are about the size of moderate walk-in closets, but it’s still nice to have a private space. The beds are generally lofted to increase space and the closets are basically an open space with a clothing rod and a couple shelves located near the entrance of the room. These dorms are fully furnished. The bedrooms include a lofted bed, desk, and a dresser. The living room includes a couch, a chair, a TV stand and an end table. In order to be considered for apartment-style dorms, students must be either an upperclassmen or nontraditional freshman.
Dorm selection is usually first come, first served, so it’s always smart for students to act quickly once they decide where they’d like to live. Students need to be sure they are really compatible with their roommates before cozying up with them in such a small space. The best part about these dorms is having a kitchen… meaning one's diet is no longer restricted to microwave-only food and cafeterias!
The dorms in the specialty category are reserved for students enrolled in specific programs at the university. Niehardt, which has a convenient central location, offers housing to undergraduate students in the honors program. This dorm is known to be a little quieter and the rooms are a bit more spacious and nicer. Instead of tile, the rooms have wood floors. There are study lounges throughout.
Another specialty dorm, Kauffman, is for students enrolled in the J.D. Edwards program, which is a program for computer science and management students. These dorms are quite a bit nicer than the others. The rooms are suite-style and each one has a private bathroom. There are public kitchens available for use, as well as a game room.
In addition to housing traditional students, the main building of the Selleck Quadrangle is mainly occupied by music education and performance students. One of the other buildings in the quadrangle is home to many foreign exchange students.