March 1903: The Nebraska Legislature appropriated $50,000 to build a normal school in western Nebraska, touching off a heated competition among several communities bidding to be selected. On September 1, 1903, after 111 ballots, the State Board of Education awarded the school to Kearney for its offer of 20 acres and the Green Terrace apartments for a dormitory.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney will achieve national distinction for a high quality, multidimensional learning environment, engagement with community and public interests, and preparation of students to lead responsible and productive lives in a democratic, multicultural society.
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity connects students with faculty mentors through independent research opportunities. URCA is a central spoke in UNK’s mission to provide every student with experiential learning. URCA offers various funding opportunities to support undergraduate student research and creative activities, along with a robust community and support to present their work.
We are excited that you are considering joining the UNK team! At UNK you will find that the members of the team are professional, caring, dedicated individuals. It is easy to get to know the members of the campus community and there are abundant opportunities for interacting with students and others in the Kearney community. UNK prides itself on being an employer where individuals can grow professionally and personally. We look forward to meeting you!
Welcome to the new-look Nebraskan Student Union – the heart of campus life and activity for UNK students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests.
The union is the main gathering spot on campus, a place where students connect with each other and the community. It’s one of the first locations future Lopers see when they arrive on campus and a building where students meet throughout their time here to enjoy a meal, grab a cup of coffee, study for that big exam or hang out with friends.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney ("UNK" or the "University") recognizes the importance of providing reasonable accommodations in its housing policies and practices where necessary for individuals with disabilities to use and enjoy University housing. Request for accommodation is made fewer than 60 days before the individual intends to move into University housing, UNK cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the individual’s accommodation needs during the first semester or term of occupancy.
The University of Nebraska Kearney Library was built in 1963 and named after professor of English Calvin T. Ryan. An addition to the library was completed in 1981-82 that doubled its size. Study and classroom seating accommodates over 1,100 library users. Group study rooms, individual study carrels, photocopying and scanning facilities, three instructional computer labs, and a coffee shop and lounge are available. The Calvin T. Ryan Library is centrally located on the south-east end of campus just west of the bell tower.
University of Nebraska Information Technology Services, a unified organization serving the NU system as well as the Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha campuses, is actively engaged in efforts related to COVID-19. ITS works closely with campus planning teams to accommodate and support action plans as they take shape, looking for opportunities to work together and share resources across multiple sites when possible and appropriate.
Having access to convenient, affordable, quality health care on campus is an important part of your success, and we’re here to serve you. Our department is made up of four offices to help students' stay healthy in mind and body while at UNK. Our mission is to engage, educate and empower optimum physical and mental wellness among the diverse student community in support of academic excellence.
Campus is comprised of 515 acres, including the soon-to-be-developed University Village. 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.
Campus Recreation provides programming and services to the UNK community to promote self-discovery, sportsmanship, learning and an appreciation for personal wellness. All Campus Recreation, Intramurals, and wellness facilities and events are available to current UNK students, faculty, and staff. Faculty and staff members interested in purchasing a membership can stop by the Campus Recreation office located in the Wellness Center.
The Nebraskan Student Union and Student Engagement Office supports UNK's 150+ recognized student organizations and groups.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).HLC is one of six regional accrediting organizations for degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the United States. It serves as the accrediting body for higher education in 19 states ranging from Arizona to Wyoming and from Indiana to Colorado. The University of Nebraska at Kearney has been accredited continuously by HLC (and its forerunner, the North Central Association) since 1916.
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