Nebraska Fact Sheet



June 11, 2010

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ACADEMICS

  • Chartered in 1869
  • Admitted to the Association of American Universities (AAU) in 1909 - its 18th member
  • Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research Extensive University
  • A land-grant university and member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • First institution west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees (Physics - 1896)
  • Included for the 6th straight year in U.S. News and World Report's annual evaluation of America's Best Colleges (tied with 4 other universities at 43rd for public national universities; and 96th out of 262 national universities both public and private)

RESEARCH DOLLARS

  • Total funding for research increased 146% since 2000
  • In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, total research funding was $122.5 million; a 13% increase over the previous year
  • Nearly $84 million of the 2009 funds came from federal sources - a 16% increase in federal funds over the previous year
  • Non-federal funds came from foundations, industry, associations, and state agencies

ENROLLMENT

  • Between 1959 and 1969 enrollment went from 8,000 students to nearly 20,000
  • In 2009 total enrollment (all 4 campuses) was 49,031 students - the highest since 1996 and an increase of 2.6% over 2008
    • University of Nebraska - Lincoln: 24,100 (2.2% increase)
    • University of Nebraska - Omaha: 14,619 (2.9% increase)
    • University of Nebraska at Kearney: 6,650 (1.6% increase)
    • University of Nebraska Medical Center: 3,237 (1.3% increase)

CONFERENCE HISTORY

  • Charter member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), which was founded in 1907
  • Left MVIAA for two years in 1919 to play as an independent and returned in 1921
  • The MVIAA split in 1928, with the six larger schools (Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma) remaining in the conference, which was then informally known as the Big Six
  • With the addition of Colorado in 1948, the conference was unofficially known as the Big Seven.  Oklahoma State rejoined the conference in 1958, making it "unofficially" the Big Eight
  • In 1964, the conference officially changed its name to the Big Eight
  • In 1996, the eight teams of the Big Eight merged with Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor to become the Big 12 Conference

ATHLETICS

  • Twenty-one varsity teams (9 men's teams; 12 women's teams)
  • Fourteen different sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Tennis, Track/Field, Wrestling, Volleyball, Soccer, Bowling, Rifle, Swimming/Diving)
  • Twenty-three National Championships in five sports:
    • Football (5): 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997
    • Volleyball (3):  1995, 2000, 2006
    • Men's Gymnastics (8):  1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1994
    • Bowling (5):  1999 [IBC], 2000 [IBC], 2004 [NCAA], 2005 [NCAA], 2009 [NCAA]
    • Women's Track & Field (3):  1982 [AIAW], 1983 [NCAA], 1984 [NCAA]
  • Football Success:
    • Won 41 MVIAA/Big Eight championships, including 30 outright
    • Won two Big 12 Championships and won Big 12 North Division championship six times
  • Conference Success:
    • Other sports have combined to win over 120 conference championships
  • Three Heisman Trophy Winners:
    • Johnny Rodgers - 1972 (Two National Championships - 1970, 1971)
    • Mike Rozier - 1983
    • Eric Crouch - 2001
  • Other Notable Athletes:
    • Darin Erstad, outfielder/first base - first player in Major League Baseball history to win Gold Glove awards for both infield and outfield positions
    • Tommie Frazier, quarterback - Won two National Championships (1994, 1995)
    • Sarah Pavan, right-side hitter, volleyball - Honda-Broderick Cup winner in 2007 - Nation's Top Female Student Athlete
    • Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle - 1st Round, 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft (Detroit Lions)
  • Notable Coaches
    • Tom Osborne, Football (1973-1997)
      • Three National Championships (1994, 1995, 1997)
      • Led team to 17 consecutive major bowl games
      • 1999 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
    • Bob Devaney, Football (1962-1972)
      • Two National Championships (1970, 1971)
      • 1981 College Football Hall of Fame inductee

    • John Cook, Women's Volleyball
      • Two NCAA Championships (2000, 2006)
      • NCAA Runner-up (2005)
      • Five Final Four Appearances since 2000
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