Founded in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney (also referred to as "UNK", the University of Nebraska at Kearney today is a part of the University of Nebraska system. It traces its roots back to March 1903, when the Nebraska State Legislature green-lighted $50,000 for the construction of a school in western Nebraska.
Later that year, the city of Kearney's offer of 20 acres and Green Terrace Hall at the western edge of the city was accepted. In 1904, construction began, and in the summer of 1905, the first classes were held. Only women were enrolled the first year, since it was a teaching school, but Men's Hall was soon constructed to allow male students as well.
Today, the UNK campus sits on a 258-acre campus with 32 buildings. However, not all buildings are used for academic purposes.
There are four different colleges at UNK:
- The College of Fine Arts and Humanities
- The College of Natural and Social Sciences
- The College of Business and Technology
- The College of Education
There are 48 different areas of study, ranging from ethnic studies to industrial technology to women's studies.
UNK offers a range of scholarships to meet student need. These are both need-based and merit-based and include awards for incoming freshmen, continuing students, transfer students, supply chain management incoming freshmen and future Nebraska bankers. Federal funding is also available through loans and grants.
The Calvin T. Ryan Library offers access to books, non-print resources, archival materials and federal and state government documents. In addition, 161 databases connect users with more than 10,000 e-books and more than 61,000 electronic journals.
UNK's athletic teams are known as the Lopers. The school participates in the NCAA at the Division II level and is part of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association for most sports. However, women's swimming and diving teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
UNK has 13 student housing halls, including the towers of Centennial West and East and University Residence North and South.
905 West 25th
Kearney, NE 68849
Fax: (308) 865-8987
Contact: Dusty Newton
Director of Admissions
905 West 25th
Kearney, NE 68849
Total undergrads: 5,104
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,045
Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,911
Graduate enrollment: 1,439
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $45
Online application fee: $45
Percent applicants admitted: 80%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%
Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Art Teacher Education B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Medical Radiologic Technology B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B
Mathematics – General B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Philosophy & Religion
Psychology – General B
Public Administration & Services
Social Work B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.