For nearly 150 years, the University of Nebraska has existed to serve the citizens of the state through high-quality, affordable education, research that improves the quality of life for Nebraskans and others, and engagement with citizens in every county. Thanks in part to stable support from the state, the university has been successful in fulfilling its responsibility to Nebraskans.
“The University of Nebraska touches virtually every Nebraskan in some way. The activities of the university are transforming lives and communities across the state, and we have a proven record of successfully leveraging the resources that Nebraskans invest in us.”— Hank Bounds, President
University of Nebraska
“NU is a major force in the Nebraska economy… The true impact of the university goes far beyond the $3.9 billion in annual economic impact. It is the lynchpin for Nebraska’s continued growth and prosperity.”— Paul Umbach, founder and president
“Although our mission is to improve lives by creating a healthier tomorrow, our impact extends beyond our core of health care education, research, patient care and community outreach. We’re proud of our statewide economic impact.”— Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., Chancellor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
“We as a campus are committed to the success of our city and state and there is perhaps no better example than our community engagement efforts. I couldn’t be happier that our efforts are helping Nebraska and being recognized nationally.”— John Christensen, Chancellor
University of Nebraska at Omaha
“It is our tradition and commitment to contribute to the economic growth of Nebraska and its people. We take that mission seriously, both in our Nebraska Extension activities and the development of Innovation Campus. We also produce the talent to make Nebraska’s economy successful.”— Harvey Perlman, Chancellor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Our scholarly and cultural activities and our research and outreach enriches and improves Nebraskans’ lives in so many ways. It’s hard to imagine a family or business who isn’t helped in some way by the University of Nebraska.”— Doug Kristensen, Chancellor
University of Nebraska at Kearney
“I’m proud of what our university does to train the next generation of agricultural leaders, advance research to help feed the world, and build partnerships in communities across our state – clearly a recognition and continuation of its original land-grant mission.”— Bart Ruth, President
Agricultural Builders of Nebraska
Today the four campuses of the University of Nebraska serve as major economic drivers for the state, providing 10,000 graduates annually for the workforce, conducting and commercializing innovative research, delivering high-quality clinical care and leveraging partnerships with a range of public and private entities to attract talent and create jobs. The university also is a key contributor to a thriving arts and cultural community in Nebraska that enriches citizens’ lives.
The university engaged Tripp Umbach, a leading national consultant, to conduct an independent analysis of the University of Nebraska’s impact on the state to demonstrate the many ways the university drives Nebraska’s economic and social vitality. Tripp Umbach’s analysis confirms that the university’s impact is significant and far-reaching. NU’s academic activities have an annual impact of $3.9 billion on Nebraska’s economy, and the university supports 1 out of every 36 jobs in the state.
In addition, 1 out of every 7 working-age Nebraskans has a University of Nebraska degree. The 10,000-plus new graduates the NU campuses produce every year grow the state’s earning power by $50 million annually, putting Nebraskans in a stronger position to hold good jobs that support their families and allow them to contribute to their communities.
Beyond the data, this and other analyses confirm that the University of Nebraska is an agent for change for the state and its people. The university touches virtually every Nebraskan – whether by opening an opportunity for a first-generation student to earn a degree, providing care for a cancer patient, supporting an aspiring entrepreneur, advancing agricultural productivity, or countless other ways – and plays a vital role in the state’s economic success and quality of life. Without the opportunities created by its public university, Nebraska cannot be successful.
Read the latest stories from the University of Nebraska’s campuses—and institutes—about the impact that faculty, staff and students are making on our state.