University of Nebraska-Lincoln Top Questions

What are the academics like at your school?

Joshua

Large lectures classes are common. When you start getting into higher level classes you can start to develop relationships with your professors and other students. Many students did not seem interested or motivated, they were not very personable. There is not a very competitive environment here. Finding students who are passionate were few. Based on what class you take it may be overly easy, or unnecessarily difficult.

Emma

Some of them do but others don't but that is probably due to which classes I'm most involved with. My favorite class right now my English class because I enjoy the reading and the different approach my teacher takes on reading and writing. My least favorite is probably my microbiology lecture because I have a hard time focusing in that class. I believe that most successful students study a little bit every night. In my classes participation is a required part of the course so for the most part yes, the students participate. I know from my experience many students have intellectual conversations outside of class. The most unique class that I have taken isn't very unique in the style it was taught in or the subject but the way that the information was presented. It was my philosophy ethics class and I really enjoyed it because all of the different points of views you got see and I realized how complex certain issues in today's society could become and all the different ways they could be interpreted. I am currently in the pre-nursing program which means I will actually get my major through UNMC but right now I am taking all of the prerequisites to get into the nursing program there. I spend a little of time with my professors outside of class but not crazy amount. I usually communicate with them through email because of schedules. I believe the school's academic requirements are adequate. I believe that at UNL it is a combination of schooling geared toward getting a job and a little bit of learning for its own sake. I have classes that will relate to my future job and others that are just courses I have to take to get the credits, so it is a little bit of both.

Travis

Top academics! Both the College of Architecture and the Johnny Carson School of fine and performing arts art great departments as I have been part of both and prepare you for the future in a pretty great way!

Ethan

The standard classes are not too hard but the advance classes are difficult.

Sara

At UNL, like at many other big schools, your academic experience really depends on your major. As a History/International Studies/Spanish major, most of my classes are smaller and involve a lot of class participation. I usually get to know my professors well enough to feel comfortable asking them for extra help, advise, and even reference letters. On the other hand, many business and sciences majors complain about large classes and impersonal relationships with professors so they have to do a little extra to get involved in their departments. They do that through undergrad research, being teacher's assistants, or trying to enroll in smaller, less popular classes. For example, I had to take a science class for my general requirements but I didn't want to go to a huge lecture. Instead, I found a small (I mean really small) Plant Pathology class called Molds and Man that taught about things like the Irish Potato Famine and killer fungi. It was awesome and I got a lot out of it.

Rachel

The academics at UNL are amazing. As a Pre-Med student, I have taken many science classes and have been very impressed with the facilities and the quality of the teachers. The Chemistry Department is amazing here at UNL. The laboratories have been recently renovated and are filled with state-of-the-art equipment worth visiting. As a current participant in Undergraduate research in Molecular Biology and Genetics, I also speak very highly of these departments as well. Not only are the classes offered diverse and impressive, but the advisors that help students plan their college careers are amazing! I know my advisors have saved my life many times already in my undergraduate career.

Megan

Yes there have been plenty of professor that have known my name. It makes attending class because so much more personal and makes me feel more welcoming. There has also been professor's that have a lecture hall as big as 150 students where it may be almost impossible to remember everyone's names. Regardless if you reach out to a professor they will help to their best ability possible. My least favorite class has been the ones that are electives that don't interest me because they aren't in relation to my major. I love all my English classes because I enjoy reading and also writing It's nice because within my major I feel that each class community shows that we have all studied and complete the homework for that day in class. The students will participate with each other in a variety of class discussions that always bring up excellent debits to further expand my knowledge in the class. Such as one class to which I wasn't familiar with as much background, that class being African American Literature. I enjoyed this class especially because it was unique in that I got to read from a variety of different authors outside of my own race and culture. This is why I love my English major because it allows me to take a variety of different classes to expand my education to it's fullest potential. The other good thing about my English degree is it's very versatile in the future for a career. All my English professors have made me feel comfortable with speaking with them during their office hours or even just for a brief moment after class.

Haley

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, classes are more than just some teaching assistant doing the professor's dirty work. Coming out of high school, I'd always heard that my first year at a large university was going to be full of large lectures that weren't actually taught by the professor. I mainly heard this from small universities looking to gain another student. However, after just having finished my first semester as a student here, I can say that my classes were exactly the opposite. Littered with intellectual discussions, my classes were interesting and compelled many to participate. As a member of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, it was required to take Into to Mass Media. This class ended up being my largest course at 120 students as well as my most interesting and unique course. The class was filled with my future peers, all of whom would contribute in different and unique ways to whatever was being discussed in class. The course consisted of a series of lectures and Q&A sessions with notable alumni and guest speakers who were all very successful in journalism and advertising, class discussions on big questions and current events, as well as a few class lectures from the professor, Scott Winter. This course also encouraged visiting Scott during his office hours to check in with him. Going to see a professor outside of normal class time was a new concept for myself, as well as other first-year students, so this encouragement helped to teach us to go visit our professors during their office hours no matter what the course. The education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, especially in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, is very much geared towards getting a job. While it is crucial to earn your degree, professors are sure to point out the practicality of what is being taught, as well as provide you with internship and job opportunities relating to your interests and major.

Haley

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, classes are more than just some teaching assistant doing the professor's dirty work. Coming out of high school, I'd always heard that my first year at a large university was going to be full of large lectures that weren't actually taught by the professor. I mainly heard this from small universities looking to gain another student. However, after just having finished my first semester as a student here, I can say that my classes were exactly the opposite. Littered with intellectual discussions, my classes were interesting and compelled many to participate. As a member of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, it was required to take Into to Mass Media. This class ended up being my largest course at 120 students as well as my most interesting and unique course. The class was filled with my future peers, all of whom would contribute in different and unique ways to whatever was being discussed in class. The course consisted of a series of lectures and Q&A sessions with notable alumni and guest speakers who were all very successful in journalism and advertising, class discussions on big questions and current events, as well as a few class lectures from the professor, Scott Winter. This course also encouraged visiting Scott during his office hours to check in with him. Going to see a professor outside of normal class time was a new concept for myself, as well as other first-year students, so this encouragement helped to teach us to go visit our professors during their office hours no matter what the course. The education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, especially in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, is very much geared towards getting a job. While it is crucial to earn your degree, professors are sure to point out the practicality of what is being taught, as well as provide you with internship and job opportunities relating to your interests and major.

Chelsey

The professors at UNL are great, and especially in your own department they know you're name. I am in the college of Journalism and Mass Communcations in the Adertising and Public Relations department and the classes were really nice because they taught us a little bit about everything that we could do in our field. I was worried that the college would just be focused on one thing, like graphic design, but I was able to learn about that, writing, research, media planning and we were even allowed to be in a campaigns class were we worked for a client. I my case it was the Public Health Services. In COJMC it is a requirement to talk and discuss in class, and this is also common in many other classes. The teachers there find it important to learn from what other people have to say about the topic. My least favorite class while at UNL was probably economics. I had a teacher that was not native to the United States and was a TA. I had a lot of trouble understanding what he was saying and just never caught on to the material. One of my favorite classes was History of Rock and Roll music which counted towards my fine art requirement. This college is geared towards getting a job. COJMC is very good about sending out daily emails about different jobs that are available to journalism students, along with internships.

Britny

Academics and University of Nebraska-Lincoln hold a wide range of opportunities such as study-abroad programs, numerous majors and minors choose from, and leadership opportunities. This allows students with a chance to pursue so many different things to build their resume and prepare for the real world.

Kathryn

Nebraska is not only good at athletics but students also graduate with a strong education in whatever field they want. It is extremely easy to find a study group in any and all of your classes. The professors are very welcoming and easy to talk to. They hold office hours where you can go in to get help. It is important to have a relationship with the professors on campus and I have noticed in my first year here that the teachers really do care about connecting with their students. Everyone that I have known who has graduated from UNL has found a job within their first year. After joining the Big Ten this year, Nebraska holds itself to even higher standards and has received extra attention and funds toward making UNL better in the future.

Emily

I am currently a senior, marketing and economics major and feel very comfortable in saying that I have received a high quality education at UNL. My professors know who I am, have office hours that they encourage students to use, and are experts in their field. Being a research institution opens a lot of doors for students as well. UNL not only provides you with excellent professors and professional faculty/staff, but they are there to help you before you enroll and after you graduate. Our Career Services office on campus helps numerous students find internships and jobs for post-graduation. I have personally had numerous classes where the professor has brought in their past students to present on professional opportunities available for students. UNL is very invested in students and I have found that to be true firsthand.

Drew

When talking with friends in various majors the amount of studying seems to largely depend on what your major is. I am a Business Administration major and my classes have varied in just about all aspects- class size, amount of class participation required, amount of studying needed, etc. If there is a certain style of instruction that helps you learn most you can talk with other students or an academic advisor and find out what professor you should take.

Sydney

Class size can range from 120+ to 20 students. Professors of smaller classes will know the names of their students, however large lecture halls professors most likely will not. Participation is common in smaller classes. Lecture classes mainly consist of the professor lecturing and viewing a powerpoint. Attendance is taken based on professors preference, participation is encouraged in all classes I have taken here and some professors have participation points as a part of the overall grade. The student union and libraries are popular places for students to study outside of class. I am a part of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. I have had group projects in many of my classes within my college and the union is a great place to do group work. Professors and advisors in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication are very open and willing to help students in and out of the classroom.

Andrew

Academics here are pretty challenging. Sometimes you will get a TA that can barely speak English and gets mad when you can't understand them. My favorite class this semester was my english 151 class. It was real laid back and personal. Our professor knew all our names after three classes and she treated us as equals. The assignments were tough, but they paid off in the end. Most of the professors on campus obviously are enthusiastic about what they do, but again, classes are challenging. Being a freshman, I have not had a lot of experience yet with academics here, but there are many advising centers around campus set up to help you when you get stuck on something. They are also there with advice for getting a job and selecting classes.

Allison

It depends on the classes. Once you get past your general your classes become a lot smaller and you get to know the teachers on a more personal basis.

Julie

The professors here are really approachable and make it easy to go talk to them between or after class. Most of my classes, excluding lecture halls, we all manage to learn everyones names by the end of the semester. You'll see them on campus and say hey and it's not weird at all.

Ashley

The professor-student relationships are highly dependent upon the department of the course in question. For example, the English classes are capped at a fairly small number, and the English teachers are wonderful about knowing all the students' names. On the other hand, a discipline like psychology requires larger lecture classes, in which the teachers rarely know the students' names. The Honors Program provides a great opportunity for an intense learning environment with a small class. All these questions are so highly dependent upon the individual student or program in question that they are difficult to answer. In the English department, class participation is very common and usually required. With students of my major, I have had multiple intellectual conversations outside of class. The students are more collaborative than competitive. The English professors are generally very friendly and available outside of class. The academic requirements occasionally seem like a lot of red tape. Some of the requirements make little sense. But, overall, it's fairly easy, as long as you follow the guidelines. Education is an excellent balance of preparing students for the "real world" and creating an intellectual environment where learning can take place.

Nico

Most professors make themselves available to anyone who asks. Every department is different, the business college, in which I am enrolled, has a strong support system of faculty at the ready to help students succeed. The trick is, the student must ask and put forth an effort.

Kim

I can say for the lower level classes that are a gen. ed. are so big that no one knows your name. with most of the classes that i have to take the classes are smaller and the professors will learn your name. they are willing to help you if you ask and are usually pretty understanding. I love my major and everything about it. my academic advisor is awesome and very helpful when it comes to selecting classes. other students are helpful in determining what classes to take and which ones not to take. i think at any college that someone goes to that there will always be classes that seem to be "a waste of time" i know I've had my fair share.

Royce

I have found in some of the larger classes people are pretty shy to participate and it usually turns out being the same few people. I have met MANY great study partners and friends in my classes. And for the most part these are all classes that are fulfilling prerequisites for med school. The environment is very co-operative and people are willing to help each other out and spend time studying together.

Tate

I have had a number of classes where the professors know who I am regardless of it's size, but that could be also becasue I am non-traditional with a family. I also believe that non-traditional students communicate more with professors. The only complaint I have is that in 100 and 200 level courses, the is a ton of busy work. I would preferr lecture, exam, and maybe a couple of papers that challenge a student. I had a class that not only had 5 exams covering 5 texts and guest speakers, but also included 4 individual projects and 5 group projects. This is a 100 level course. It isn't difficult work, matter of fact it gave me no challenge academically, just a challenge to afford the time and supplies to complete them all. I do not feel that I have learned anything from all the work, except how to avoid those types of classes.

Jason

Academically, my experience has been a good one. My general education classes usually left something to be desired, but once I was able to start taking classes geared specifically for my major, my experience improved ten-fold.

Amanda

Academics are kind of a big part at UNL. Professors don't stress grades, but if you don't work for it and work hard, you won't just get handed grades. It is competitive and getting A's is not easy work.

Shawn

I would say that academics are definitely a strong point here at the University. Although it does depend heavily on the type of professor that you get. If you have one that is really passionate about what they are teaching, you'll definitely enjoy it. But if you have a professor that is so smart that they can't teach, then you'll have some problems. Ultimately, I would have to say that it gets put back on the students shoulder's to really get themselves involved in their learning. That quote that I keep in mind for anything that I do in life is, "You only get what you give." The amount of time that you put in is what you will get.

Cj

Very strong academics. They push you here but someone is always willing to help. Very friendly helpful teachers. not too liberal and not too conservative. Its challenging but you know you will walk away with a degree that anyone would be happy to accept

Katy

Students aren't as competitive as kids on the East coast. I would say UNL's academic requirements are about average.

Emily

Professors do know my name. My favorite classes are always Sociology courses, Women's Courses, English Courses, Dance Classes-including the history of dance and introduction to dance history, Dance injury and prevention/Kinesiology, and I also enjoyed taking the Science of Food and Geography. Students at UNL really are not competitive in classes with one another. If a student has a question he or she knows they can ask any class member for help and receive assistance without being yelled at or demeaned. In the Sociology department I spend a lot of time with most of the professors. I talk to about half of the professors once or twice a week outside of class. I enjoy the personal relationships I have developed with the faculty because I know I can ask them questions about anything at anytime. The professors at UNL are extremely kind and have an open door policy. Professors have no problem with students dropping by their office just to talk about how their semester is going or ask questions about graduate school or about class for example. The academic requirements at UNL are difficult but managable. I have enjoyed being challenged during the four years I have been an undergrad. I have learned so much more about the world than I thought I knew. I thank all the professors for giving me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and become a more accepting person of others.

Steve

It is amazing that some people have the title of doctor and yet don't have a clue as to how to effectively teach material in their area of expertise. I think all professors, full or part time should be required to have a teaching certificate and possibly go through re-certification after a certain amount of time.

Evan

Classes are usually pretty big. You can get to know a teacher if you want to though. My least favorite class is Math 104, it is supposedly one of the most failed classes on campus. The most unique class I have taken is History of Rock.

Emmerson

I dont' want to put UNL down when I say this but if anyone is interested in the Education Dept. then I would put UNL as maybe your third choice in schools. The program still needs some work and this is from experience. I am going through it right now and I have never felt so lost and uncomfortable. Many students in my section and others, worry they are not in the right profession and that is really sad when a program makes you second guess all your hard work. I would pick Wayne State as a number one choice mainly because there program is straight forward and you know exactly where you are and where you will be through out college life. Also they have a 100% placement! Second choice would be UNO because they have about a 98-99% placement for teachers and the program was well planned. It kept you interested and very motivited.

Tia

All of my professors know my name. Even in the larger lectures, the professors took the time to remember my name. There were only a few classes that the teacher had a problem remembering all of us.My favorite class was an elective I took called "Intro to Theater" with Brad Buffum. He knew how to relate to students and he taught in a very open classroom. I also enjoyed "Lesbian and Gay Literature" with Kris Gandara. She was so knowledgeable in her studies that she was able to answer any question I had plus give me sources to look up. Students study about 75% of the time. At least that is how it has been for me. Your studies are so important that if you don't, you won't keep up with the class.Most classes I have taken have encouraged class participation and usually reward it. Outside of class, I have had many intellectual conversations with my peers. And I know others do as well. In most departments, students are competitive but also help out each other. Once you know your focus of study you are with the people in the same area for most of your schooling. It is nice to build friendships and people to work with. "Human Sexuality" was probably the most unique class I have taken. I am a communication Studies major with an English minor. In both of my areas of study, I have found people who are in the same classes as me. This is helpful in that if I ever have any questions, I can go to them when I cannot get a hold of the professor.I do not like that for my communication studies major I have to take math and science classes. Most of these haven't been helpful in my schooling and have brought down my GPA more than anything. Your education at UNL is somewhat geared toward getting a job, learning real life practices that will help us in our future.

Allysa

Professors absolutely know my name. I even have one lecture class of 100 students this semester, and my professor knows my name. My college, the College of Education and Human Sciences is amazing. Its focus is on hands-on experience, which is beneficial to all of the majors within it. As an education major, I get to be in a real classroom each year to observe teachers and students. The same is true for Athletic Training majors or Fashion Design majors or Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management majors. All across the board, there are valuable experiences that contribute to learning. Also unique to my college are the full-time advisers. They don't double as professors, so they are always conveniently available to help you pick classes or choose a career path. My program is competitive, but there is plenty of support to make sure you're doing what you need to do to succeed.

Chris

English classes are small the the professors will know your name. All the male teachers I have had at UNL are fair and very good teachers, every male I have had. About half of the female teachers i have had are fair, the other half hate men and are very bias.

Lauren

I love the size of UNL and it makes for a great academic environment. I've been in lecture halls at other universities with 500 other students - and no recitations or section meetings! The professors here are down to earth and easy to talk with and really interested in making sure students get a great experience if they're willing to work for it. My classes are small enough that I know all of my professors and they know me, so if I need help on an assignment or guidance they're available and willing (and happy!) to help. Like many other college students, I've jumped around from major to major and minors to minors. Once I transfered into UNL, my professors and advisors really helped me narrow down what I wanted to study and where I wanted to go. I'm double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Anthropology. I've always known that I wanted to study Psychology and then after taking a few classes for fun, I found I really liked Philosophy as well. I started to think about adding on another minor, so I looked around for an undergraduate philosophy advisor. I didn't have to look far because my current Philosophy professor was also an advisor and she gave me solid, straight-to-the-point information. All of my other advisors give equally honest advice, which I really value. The professors here have really changed my college experience. Not only do I get great advice from them, I also get to know them and they get to know me. During office hours or review sessions or appointments, we get to discuss topics from classes but we also have good conversations that branch beyond what we cover in the classroom. I

Melissa

My professors know me by name, there usually aren't more than about 30 in a class for me. Currently my favorite classes are 20th century fiction (because my professor has a British accent and is really funny), and teaching social studies (because the projects are fun and I really like my professor). My least favorite right now is my art methods class, simply because there are a lot of projects. I study anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours a day. Class participation is usually common. Students do have intellectual conversations outside of class. Students generally help each other out rather than compete with each other. The most unique class that I have taken has probably been my different practicum experiences for the teachers college. This is where you actually get out into the classroom and gain hands on experience teaching. I rarely spend time with professors outside of class. I think that UNL's academic requirements are more than fair. Education at UNL is geared toward both getting a job and learning for its own sake.

Kayley

-Some professors know my name, some. -Favorite: SPAN 319, Phonetics -Worst: ACCT 201 -I study every single day. -It depends on the class, but class participation is at a minimum. -I think my major is not adequately explained to incoming freshman. I was lucky that I found it (International Business). -I rarely spend time with my professors outside of class. -The academic requirements change CONSTANTLY! It's frustrating. I will graduate with almost 30 credits that won't be applied to my degree. -I feel that yes, the classes I have taken at UNL are definately geared torwards getting a job.

Katie

If I make an effort to talk to my professors they definitely know my name. My favorite class has been JGEN 120 because I had a very inspiring and interesting professor. She was a great influence on me and she made the class enjoyable.

Jessica

Some professors work really hard to learn your name, others don't really care. In the giant intro classes, most the time, no one knows your name. However, once you get into a major and are more involved in class, professors make a conscious effort to make sure you all know one and other. My favorite classes I've taken here have been a couple in the communication studies department, which is my major, and the history of rock n' roll class, which was an extra-curricular. I love the communication classes because essentially you are studying to learn about people and figure out systems and patterns that exist in our everyday interactions. Doing so lets the communication studies students have a much deeper understanding of the way things work and allows us to see what ways we can improve our communication patterns in all kinds of situations. The rock n' roll class was fun and very interesting. I learned a lot of random facts about artists I had never really been in to and although I took that class early on in college, I pop out random facts from it to this day. As far as amount of study time goes, it really depends on the student and what classes they are in. For example, a computer science major is likely going to spend a lot more time studying than a psychology major who just has to cram before tests, especially in the intro undergraduate years. My recommendation is that if you are in any foreign language courses, take as much out of each class as you can. It will help you in your last class... which can be tricky! UNL does a lot to help students learn the best job seeking techniques and they offer a lot of resources. I'm starting to really appreciate this as a senior who will be out seeking a job in the pretty near future. Career Services is set up to help students seek out internships, give career counseling, help you put together a good resume and cover letter, and a plethora of other things.

Jenna

In my leadership class and recitation classes my professors know my name. My favorite class is my leadership class. My least favorite class is either American History or Biology. Students study all the time! Class participation is extremely common. I think UNL studenst have intellectual conversations outside of class. Students are very competitive in school and sports.

Alice

Professors did not know my name. My favorite class was analysis and composition. My least favorite was psychology. Students rarely studied unless there was a group or movement to study. In class participation is rare because the class sizes are so huge. Students are not very competative. UNL didn't have my major and the dean of the art college asked me why I was here and told me to go to a different school so I transfered to UNK and it was the best thing I've ever done. The education of UNL is money centered. The professors are there because they want the money.

Jack

My professors know my name, but that is because I am an active participant in class-related activites. My favorite class is English 150H because it involves lots of discussion and analytical writing. Students study quite often in my dorms, because I live in honors housing. Overall students study a lot. In the honors dorms, students regularly have intellectual converstaions outside of class.

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