List of colleges and universities in Nebraska Article

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The following is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Nebraska. [1]

Private liberal arts colleges

Private liberal arts colleges in Nebraska in alphabetical order
Name Founded Location Enrollment Notes
Creighton University 1878 2500 California Plaza, Omaha 4,075 [2] See Creighton University (category) for more information.
Doane University 1872 1014 Boswell Avenue, Crete 2,950
Hastings College 1882 710 Turner Avenue, Hastings 1,093
Nebraska Wesleyan University 1887 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln 1,600

Private colleges and universities

Private colleges and universities in Nebraska in alphabetical order
Name Founded Location Enrollment Notes
Bellevue University 1966 Bellevue 8,278
Bryan College of Health Sciences [3] 1926 Lincoln
Clarkson College 1888 Omaha 1,200
College of Saint Mary 1923 Omaha 1,063
Concordia University 1894 Seward 2,196
Midland University 1883 Fremont 962
Nebraska Christian College 1945 Papillion 150
Nebraska Methodist College 1891 Omaha 707
Summit Christian College 1951 Gering
Union College 1891 Lincoln 810
York College 1890 York 459

Public colleges and universities

There are three regular campuses in the University of Nebraska system, along with several specialized facilities located away from regular campuses. The Nebraska State College System has three member institutions.

Public colleges and universities in Nebraska in alphabetical order
Name Founded Address Enrollment Notes
Chadron State College 1911 Chadron 3,000
Peru State College 1867 Peru 2,327 Public, Four-Year Liberal Arts College
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture 1965 Curtis 300
University of Nebraska at Kearney 1905 Kearney 7,100 See University of Nebraska at Kearney (category) for more information
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1869 Lincoln 21,792 The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is an affiliate of UNL. See University of Nebraska at Lincoln (category) for more information.
University of Nebraska Omaha 1908 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha 13,824 See University of Nebraska Omaha (category) for more information.
University of Nebraska Medical Center 1880 Omaha 3,681 See University of Nebraska Medical Center (category) for more information.
Wayne State College 1910 Wayne 3,571 See Wayne State College (category) for more information.

Community colleges

The following community colleges are members of the Nebraska Community College Association. In 1971, the Nebraska Legislature began development on a plan to merge the vocational-technical schools and junior colleges. In July 1973, the Nebraska Community College system was established with legislation (LB 759) consolidating junior colleges and vocational/technical schools. [4]

Community colleges in Nebraska in alphabetical order
Name Campus Locations Enrollment Previous Names
Central Community College Grand Island, Columbus, Hastings Central Nebraska Technical College; Platte Junior College
Little Priest Tribal College Winnebago
Metropolitan Community College Omaha 45,291 [5] Metropolitan Technical Community College, "MetroTech"
Mid-Plains Community College McCook, North Platte McCook Junior College; North Platte Junior College; Mid-Plains Vocational Technical School
Nebraska Indian Community College Macy, Santee, South Sioux City American Indian Satellite Community College
Northeast Community College Norfolk, O'Neill, West Point, South Sioux City Norfolk Junior College; Northeast Nebraska Technical College
Southeast Community College Lincoln, Milford, Beatrice Fairbury Junior College
Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, Sidney, Alliance Scottsbluff Junior College; Alliance School of Practical Nursing; Western Nebr. Vocational Technical School

Defunct colleges

Defunct colleges and universities in Nebraska in alphabetical order
Name Founded Closed Address Notes
Brownville College 1858 1860 Brownville Brownville College was organized in December, 1858, with Rev. Thomas W. Tipton as President. The college was short-lived and closed soon after in 1860. Thomas Tipton later became one of the first U.S. Senators for Nebraska. [6] [7] [8]
Central Lutheran Theological Seminary 1893 1967 Fremont Founded in 1893 and finally associated with the Lutheran Church in America, Central Lutheran Theological Seminary operated until 1967, when it was merged with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Illinois. [9] [10]
Cotner College (Nebraska Christian College) 1889 1933 Bethany Heights (Lincoln) Cotner College was founded in 1889 by the Nebraska Christian Missionary Alliance and was affiliated with the Disciples of Christ. It was located in the then-independent town of Bethany Heights, Nebraska, which is now part of Lincoln. Bethany Heights was annexed by Lincoln in 1926 and Cotner College closed the Bethany Heights location in 1933. [11] However, Cotner College as an institution continued to exist in various forms, such as the Cotner School of Religion which operated two locations, one opened in 1945 across the street from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln's East Campus and the other opened in 1954 across the street from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln's Downtown Campus. [12] These locations allowed UNL students to minor in religious studies through dual enrollment at both Cotner and the University of Nebraska. [12] Upon the closure of its Bethany Heights location, the medical and dental departments were given over to the University of Nebraska, creating the foundation for those departments at the University. [13] [12]Cotner Blvd. in Lincoln, Nebraska is named after the former college.
Dana College 1884 2010 Blair Founded in 1884 as a seminary for Lutheran ministry students and had remained a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was later bought out by Midland University in the year 2013. Midland backed out of a purchase it will remain closed until further notice. [14]
Grace University 1943 2018 Omaha Closed in 2018. Founded in 1943, Grace was originally intended as an interdenominational Bible institute where Christian men and women might further their theological training. In 2017, a large portion of the school's campus was sold to Omaha Public Schools and announced plans to move to Blair, Nebraska and occupy the former campus of Dana College, which folded in 2010. On October 3, 2017, however, Grace CEO Bill Bauhard announced that Grace University would halt operations at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, citing financial and enrollment challenges. [15]
Grand Island Baptist College 1892 1931 Grand Island Grand Island College and Conservatory of Music, originally called Grand Island Academy, was founded by the Baptist Church of Nebraska in 1882. It closed in 1931 and merged with the University of Sioux Falls. Grand Island Senior High School now sits on the former college site. [16] [17] [18]
Grand Island College 1885 1999 Grand Island Grand Island Business and Normal College was founded in 1885 by professors Hargis, Rucker, and Evans. After a six-state newspaper advertisement campaign that continued until 1910, enrollment at the college grew strongly. Throughout the years, the college underwent several name changes; it was known as Grand Island School of Business and Spencer School of Business. The college became a not-for-profit college was renamed Grand Island College in 1996, but it closed shortly after in 1999 due to declining enrollment. [19] [20]
Hiram Scott College 1965 1972 Scottsbluff Founded in 1965, Hiram Scott College was one of six colleges started by small-town businessmen on the model of Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. The college struggled financially since its start, and closed soon after in 1972. The land and buildings were later acquired by the University of Nebraska in 1974 for its Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
John F. Kennedy College 1965 1975 Wahoo John F. Kennedy College was founded in 1965 in Wahoo, Nebraska, one of six colleges started by small-town businessmen on the model of Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. The college was named after President John F. Kennedy. Due to a drop in enrollment and financial difficulties following the end of the military conscription draft in 1973, Kennedy College closed in 1975. JFK College athletic teams became known for pioneering early intercollegiate women's athletics. The softball team won the first three Women's College World Series championships in 1969–71. The women's basketball team, winners of several AAU titles, helped to further the diplomatic thaw in Sino-American relations in 1973 by representing the U.S. on a tour of games in the People's Republic of China, which was the subject of an article in Sports Illustrated.
John J. Pershing College 1966 1971 Beatrice John J. Pershing College was founded in 1966 in Beatrice, Nebraska, one of six colleges started by small-town businessmen on the model of Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. The college suffered from a lack of funding, high student turnover, and accreditation issues. Ultimately, none of the "Parsons Plan" colleges became economically viable, and all closed by the mid-1970s. Pershing College ceased operating in 1971, and its former site is now occupied by the Beatrice campus of Southeast Community College.
Lincoln Normal University 1892 Lincoln In 1892, Prof. F. F. Roose founded Lincoln Normal University, to provide "a practical and economical education in the western states." [21] It was located southeast of the Nebraska State Capitol where Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital now stands. Normal Blvd. in Lincoln, Nebraska is named for the former university. [22]
Lincoln School of Commerce 1884 1997 Lincoln In 1884, Prof. F. F. Roose founded Lincoln Business College, which later merged with the Nebraska School of Business in 1925 to become the Lincoln School of Commerce. It occupied several locations in downtown Lincoln until ultimately moving to its last location on K Street in the 1960s. In April 1997, it was acquired by Educational Medical, Inc. [23] In 2004 the school was renamed the Lincoln campus of Iowa-based Hamilton College. [24] [25] In October 2007, all of the Hamilton campuses were merged into Kaplan University. [26] In March 2018, it became the Lincoln campus of Purdue University Global.
Nebraska College and Divinity School 1868 1885 Nebraska City In 1868, the Nebraska legislature chartered the Episcopal Nebraska College & Divinity School at Nebraska City. It was created out of the Talbot Hall boys school founded by Episcopal Bishop Robert Clarkston. In 1872 after a competition for students with Otoe University, also in Nebraska City, Nebraska College and Divinity School purchased Otoe University and moved its operations to that campus. The school closed in 1885 after Bishop George Worthington determined the school could no longer financially continue. [27]
Nebraska University (Fontanelle University) 1855 1872 Fontanelle Fontanelle, Nebraska was originally organized by the Nebraska Colonization Company, founded in Quincy, Illinois in 1854. The Company's goal in founding the town was to develop "a literary institution which shall be known as the Nebraska University." The Nebraska Territory Legislature awarded a charter to the Nebraska University, also called Fontanelle University, in 1855, and the first building was erected in 1856. Operated by the Congregational Church the University flourished for several years. This was the first recorded college to exist in then Nebraska Territory. [27] When Fontanelle lost the county seat, leaders decided to move the university, and Doane College was organized in Crete, Nebraska in 1872. [28]
Otoe University 1859 1872 Nebraska City Otoe University was founded in 1859 by Nebraska Presbyterians. It was build on land that was purchased from Russell, Majors & Waddell Freight Co. on Sioux Street (which later became Fourth Avenue) between 13th and 14th Streets in Nebraska City. In 1872, Otoe University was closed and taken over by Nebraska College, which purchased the building and grounds and moved to the former Otoe University campus. [27]
Presbyterian Theological Seminary 1891 1943 Omaha The Presbyterian Theological Seminary was founded in 1891 in downtown Omaha and was moved to Kountze Place in 1902 at 3303 North 21st Place. Many of the faculty here taught at the University of Omaha in its early years. [29] It was closed and converted into apartments in 1943 when the general assembly of the United States Presbyterian Church voted to close the seminary after it failed to meet the minimum accreditation standards of the American Association of Theological Schools. [30].

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