Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University is an independent Methodist liberal arts college of roughly 2,000 students in Lincoln, Neb. The university’s steadfast commitment to putting learning into action through internships, study abroad, service learning, and collaborative research has yielded tremendous outcomes for students and alumni.
Nebraska Wesleyan has earned a national reputation for placing students in top graduate and professional school programs. NWU is also among the nation’s leaders in Fulbright scholars, Academic All-Americans, and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners.
Get to know Nebraska Wesleyan University
SERVICE FOR EVERYONE
Nebraska Wesleyan students get involved on and off campus before their first semester even begins. Community service projects are a part of New Student Orientation. NWU’s Student Involvement Fair (held during the second week of classes) lets people explore student groups and get involved early. Professors also integrate service learning components into many courses, carrying a high level of engagement throughout the academic year.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 3%
White, non-Hispanic: 80%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
Nebraska Wesleyan University adopted an innovative general education curriculum in 2013. Moving away from a “cafeteria approach” in which students build their class schedules by choosing “a little of this” and “a little of that,” Nebraska Wesleyan now offers a format in which students select an interdisciplinary “thread.” Here, they explore universal topics from the perspectives of multiple academic disciplines. This approach to a liberal arts education helps students see more explicitly the connections between different fields.
FACULTY OF EXPLORERS
NWU professors are tremendously dedicated to teaching undergraduates. While some universities prioritize professors’ research and publications, teaching is the at NWU. “The faculty are here because they like to do that,” said Kathy Wolfe, dean of NWU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “If they didn’t want teaching to be their first responsibility, they wouldn’t be teaching at a school like ours.”
A strong community makes it possible for Nebraska Wesleyan students to put what they learn into action. BFA students in theatre, for example, participate in an average of six shows per year. Their shows are consistently embraced and well attended by the community. Additionally, 100 percent of NWU business students conduct internships due to their strong reputation with local, regional, and even national businesses. These businesses are eager to place—and hire—NWU students.
The Nebraska Wesleyan community is so strong due to NWU students’ commitment to providing it service. In honor of the university’s 125th anniversary in 2013, NWU students led the charge to contribute 100 hours of community service each year. Despite their busy schedules, NWU students, along with faculty, staff, and alumni, reached their 12,500-hour service goal for the year in just eight months.
Dual affiliation: NCAA Division III and NAIA
Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross country, Football , Golf, Soccer, Swimming (starting 2014), Tennis, Indoor track and field, and Outdoor track and field
Women’s sports: Basketball, Cross country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming (starting 2014), Tennis, Indoor track and field, Outdoor track and field, and Volleyball
Mascot: Prairie Wolves
Colors: black and gold
An outstanding education, the right priorities, and the willingness to work hard combine to bring just about any goal within reach.
PREPARED FOR THE WORLD
An excellent education is why 95 percent of surveyed seniors say Nebraska Wesleyan “prepared” or “strongly prepared” them for employment or graduate and professional school. NWU football lead the nation in Academic All-Americans in both 2012 and 2013. And the work ethic that students sharpen at NWU helps them get the maximum benefit from their education as they pursue their goals.
Nebraska Wesleyan alumni quickly learn they can compete with anyone when it comes to solving complex problems. They respond to changing circumstances and work well in teams. See how NWU students have made the most of their experiences at nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/student-outcome-data.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
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