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Fast Facts

UNK At-A Glance

Students  
  • 5,502 undergraduate students and 1,550 graduate students.
  • Students come to UNK from 91 of the 93 Nebraska counties, all 50 states including the District of Columbia, and over 50 foreign countries.

Faculty  

  • 322 full-time and 117 part-time faculty.
  • 99% of full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses, generating 88% of the credit hours at UNK.
  • More than 76% of full-time faculty have the highest degrees in their fields.
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18.9 to 1.

Academics  

  • UNK offers 120 undergraduate majors, 22 pre-professional programs, and 27 graduate programs.
  • Each year, the UNK Honors Program accepts more than 120 freshmen based on a minimum top 25% class rank, a minimum 27 ACT score, letters of reference, extracurricular accomplishments, and essays. At present, there are 550 students in the Honors Program.
  • UNK’s undergraduate research program is a national model. Campus programs support students working one-on-one with professors to conduct original research and creative projects. Over 30% of UNK students do research outside of class and present their projects at academic conferences.
  • UNK is the only campus in Nebraska to participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) that allows students to attend one of 175 other universities or colleges across the continent for a semester or a year, often at UNK tuition rates.

Academic Support  

  • 95% of UNK classrooms are “smart classrooms” that include advanced multimedia learning tools.
  • The Calvin T. Ryan library offers extensive online resources, including access to over 200 electronic databases and more than 80,000 online periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers).
  • The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic on the UNK campus is a state-of-the-art clinical and teaching facility. It serves more than 1,000 Nebraskans with speech, language, and hearing disabilities every year. The clinic has a mobile unit that offers screening and outreach services to public schools and other events in the state, that have included the Nebraska State Fair, Husker Harvest Days, and Railfest. The Department of Communication Disorders recently partnered with Scottish Rite of Nebraska to open a RiteCare Clinic in the College of Education, with capabilities of providing teletherapy to individuals throughout the state of Nebraska.
  • The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is home to the official art collection of the State of Nebraska, with over 5,000 artworks. The historic Frank House hosts classes, programs, and events.

Careers  

  • Many UNK programs have a job placement rate that's almost 100%, including Accounting, Athletic Training, Education (particularly those with endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, Language Arts, Math, Music, Physics, and Special Education), Computer Science and Information Technology, Graphic Arts, Industrial Technology, School Psychology, and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • 20% of all certified staff in schools and ESUs across the state of Nebraska have at least one degree from UNK. Almost 43% of all school Superintendents and approximately 30% of all Principals in the state of Nebraska are UNK graduates. Approximately 36% of all School Psychologists and 54% of all ESU School Psychologists in the state of Nebraska are UNK graduates. 21% of all School Counselors in Nebraska are UNK alumni. Approximately 33% of all Speech-Language Pathologists in Nebraska are UNK graduates.
  • Many UNK graduates become administrative leaders in both the public and private sectors of the state and the nation. Others go on to successfully apply to medical, law, and other professional and graduate schools across the country.

Athletics  

  • Member of NCAA Division II—Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
  • Programs include baseball, softball, football, volleyball, wrestling, women’s swimming and diving, women's soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s track and field.
  • Colors: Royal Blue & Old Gold.
  • Nickname: Lopers (for the Pronghorn Antelope)
  • UNK athletes are students first. The average cumulative GPA for all 19 Loper teams is consistently above 3.0.
  • UNK boasts one of the best home court/field advantages in the region across all sports. With a season ticket holder base of over 800, and a striving student support group, fans are part of an amazing support system for the Loper athletic teams.

Value  

  • Among the most affordable universities in the region, UNK is an excellent investment in your future. Annual costs range from approximately $14,955 for Nebraska students to approximately $20,785 for out-of-state students.
  • More than two-thirds of all UNK students receive some form of financial aid.

Student Life  

  • More than 175 student organizations, including six sororities and seven fraternities.
    • Sororities
      • Alpha Omicron Pi
      • Alpha Phi
      • Alpha Xi Delta
      • Gamma Phi Beta
      • Lambda Theta Nu
      • Sigma Lambda Gamma
       
    • Fraternities
      • Alpha Tau Omega
      • Delta Tau Delta
      • Phi Gamma Delta
      • Pi Kappa Alpha
      • Sigma Lambda Beta
      • Sigma Phi Epsilon
      • Phi Delta Theta
       
     

Campus  

  • The University of Nebraska at Kearney is a beautiful, technology-rich campus that sits in the "heart" of Nebraska. The campus is comprised of 515 acres, including the soon to be developed "South Campus." UNK has more than 48 buildings including: classrooms, labs, residence halls, and athletic venues. The proximity of the campus offers easy access to the city's vibrant and growing community including: cultural events, shopping centers, outdoor recreational facilities, affordable housing, award-winning restaurants, as well as hockey, musical shows, plays, and a variety of concerts, many within walking distance of the campus.
  • In just over the last decade, UNK has invested more than $100 million renovating or expanding every academic building and residence hall, the College of Education Building, the Nebraskan Student Union, Foster Field, the Antelope/Nester complex of residence halls, which provide apartment style living and many new amenities for students. In addition, a major renovation and addition to Bruner Hall of Science, including an all-new Planetarium, was completed in the Fall of 2009. Work will soon begin on the new Health Sciences Complex, which will house an expanded UNMC College of Nursing Kearney division and a new UNK-based UNMC School of Allied Health Professions, as well as a Wellness Center addition to the Health and Sports Center/Cushing Coliseum.
  • The UNK campus is also a Nebraska Statewide Arboretum site.

Housing  

  • Seven traditional-style residence halls, one suite-style residence halls, two Greek chapter house complexes, and one university apartment complex.
  • All residential units are within easy walking distance of the academic buildings, the library, the student union, and the Health and Sports Center.

History  

  • Founded in 1905 as Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney.
  • Became Nebraska State Teachers College in 1921.
  • Renamed Kearney State College in 1963.
  • Joined the University system as the University of Nebraska at Kearney, in 1991.

Updated October 2013