About UNK

UNK Chancellor Douglas Kristensen

Chancellor Kristensen

When I'm visiting with people about UNK, many are surprised -- in a good way -- about any number of things. Our campus, our diversity, our measures of student success. But often, the thing that surprises them the most is how friendly we are. This is the UNK difference, and one that we want you to experience first-hand when you visit Kearney.

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Student at desk

Discover UNK

Three colleges, 170 majors, 20 pre-professional programs. UNK focuses on the undergraduate experience while becoming an international destination for some key graduate and online programs. With a new University of Nebraska Medical Center Health Science Education Complex, pre-med and allied health professions majors are finding increased opportunities for education and practical experience here in Kearney.

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Homecoming Parade

Visit Kearney

Low unemployment, low crime rate, excellent schools, a vibrant and historic downtown, shopping, restaurants, excellent health care and other services make Kearney consistently one of the best places to live in the Midwest -- and visit.

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Wellness Center

Visit Campus

Loper athletics, fine arts performances and exhibitions, lectures, symposia or seminars, there's a lot happening on campus other than student living and learning. If you haven't been to UNK for a while, come on in for a visit.

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Historic Photo of Kearney State Normal School

UNK History

Back to 1905, when Kearney began as the Nebraska State Normal School, through 1921 when the Nebraska State Teachers College emerged, to 1963 when we became Kearney State College, and 1991 when we joined the University of Nebraska, UNK has delivered quality, affordable education to Nebraskans and beyond as part of our mission.

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The UNK faculty gave me the tools to be successful. They required that I learn the skill set to know where to seek out information, rather than specific knowledge, and assigned projects that required me to apply it to the problem at hand.
Aubrie Hill