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Doane University

Crete, Nebraska

Doane University is known for its leadership in higher education. This leadership is grounded in the university’s commitment to academic excellence, innovation, community, and creation of a special sense of place for each individual. These are the values that have made Doane successful for more than 137 years and will help the university build an even stronger Doane for the future.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,065 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female
28% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
82 full-time faculty
38 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential. Approximately 75% of students live on-campus.

School Location

Crete, Nebraska—approximately 25 miles from Lincoln, the state’s capital, and 75 miles from Omaha.

Retention Fall 2014

72% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

59% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 4%
White 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NAIA, Great Plains Athletic Conference. 18 varsity sports (8 men’s: basketball, baseball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, indoor & outdoor track & field, tennis; 10 women’s: basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, indoor & outdoor track & field, tennis, volleyball).

Other Information

Doane University is a coeducational four-year, private liberal arts and sciences institution.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Elementary Education, English, English as a Second Language, English/Language Arts, Environmental Science, French, German, History, Information Systems, International Studies, Journalism & Media, Mathematics, Music, Natural Science, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, Theatre  

More Distinctions

  • Doane's record of 55 Fulbright Scholars - higher than most other institutions in Nebraska.

  • Doane was ranked the #1 school in Nebraska in’s ranking of America’s Best Colleges 2008 & 2009, and the #2 school in Nebraska in 2010. Ranked in the first tier of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges by the  2011 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.

  • Doane was the first college/university in Nebraska to offer a four-year graduation guarantee.

The Hansen Leadership Program is a comprehensive approach to student activity and leadership. Students also have a wide variety of opportunities including retreats, residential programs, and community service involvement…


Doane gives students the option to study abroad during their junior or senior years. A special travel scholarship gives four-year students $1000 to participate. One popular option is the semester immersion service-learning experience. These rewarding, semester-long opportunities have taken professors and their students to China and Africa.  Study abroad options include trips shorter in length as well. Mexico, Australia, Thailand, and England are only some of the many places to which Doane students have ventured in their studies. Students can also travel inside the United States to locations such as New York City, Washington D.C and Galveston, Texas. Internships are available across the country, both in-term and during semester breaks.

The Hansen Leadership Program

The Hansen Leadership Program at Doane gets students involved in a comprehensive co-curricular activity that further develops each person’s talents and abilities. Students can go on retreats or take an outdoor ropes challenge course. In this program, speakers share their wisdom to inspire students to be leaders in the fields that each wants to pursue. Speakers have included James Earl Jones, Phil Jackson and Susan O’Malley.

Doane University courses center around a strong academic curriculum. Students become more well-rounded individuals through participation in both a first-year seminar and a Senior Capstone Celebration…

Guidance Throughout the Journey

In Doane’s degree and vocational programs, professors, not teaching assistants, lead the instruction. The school’s community of learning starts in the classroom and then extends beyond it. Led by a psychology professor, one group of students went to help Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, working on infrastructure development and counseling.

Undergraduate Research

Students can do in-depth research alongside professors as early as sophomore year. During a student’s junior and senior years, major-specific research can begin. For example, environmental science majors are currently doing research on prairie dog population control in Nebraska.

Doane students are active outside of the classroom in sports teams, Greek organizations and a host of other clubs and activities…

Diverse Interests, Integrated Community

Seventy five percent of Doane students live on campus in residence halls or apartments. Not only are there 18 intercollegiate (NAIA) sports teams for men and women, but there is an intramural program for competition, exercise and fun. Doane students prove to be high-spirited supporters of such athletics. Students can participate in academic clubs, theatre and choir clubs, spiritual groups like Campus Crusade for Christ, and political groups like Young Democrats and Young Republicans. Private Greek organizations are also an option.

Community Service

Doane has a number of service organizations. It is one of the top five institutions nationwide in raising money for cancer through Relay for Life. Another way Doane ties itself to the community is “Reach Out Day,” during which students donate their time to Crete’s local businesses, schools and community organizations. There is significant interaction between students on campus and the local community. Each first-year class participates in local activities, cementing their relationships with local business owners and citizens.

The statistics of success at Doane are phenomenal. Nearly 100% of last year’s Doane graduates attained employment or went on to pursue graduate studies…

Graduate Mentorship

Year after year, students and alumni continue to make a difference on campus. Students who have a strong interest in being engaged in leadership can be funded through the Hansen Leadership Fund to work as mentors to peers and younger students. These students live together in a leadership hall. Through the Master’s Series, Doane alums who have made a notable impact at the local, national or international levels come back to speak and give advice to current students.

Unparalleled Job Placement

Doane uniquely guarantees a four-year graduation to its students. Among all Doane graduates, over 98 percent of students start careers or are admitted to prestigious professional and graduate programs within 6 months after graduation. Their education, pre-med & allied health, psychology, and sociology majors had a 100 percent placement rate in the spring of 2009. Alumni success is celebrated and featured in Doane Magazine and on the college’s website.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,627 Total Applicants
1,291 Total Admissions
268 Total Freshmen Enrollment

79.35% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 530
SAT Math 460 520
SAT Writing 430 510
ACT Composite 21 25
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing 7 10


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $26,560
Fees $620
Total $27,180
Room and Board (on campus) $8,030
Room Only $3,650
Board Only $4,380
Estimated Total On Campus $35,210


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
93% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$16,594 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$6,876 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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