Lincoln, Nebraska Education and City Information

Lincoln is the state capital of Nebraska. The city plays host to several colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Information about Lincoln Nebraska

With a population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau at nearly 273,000 in 2014, Lincoln is the second largest city in Nebraska, behind Omaha.

The Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln is an attractive feature of the city skyline, topped by a golden dome that gives it a distinct and unmistakable profile. Lincoln has a vibrant music scene, with venues like Pinnacle Bank Arena and smaller sites like Bourbon Theatre. For those who enjoy theater, Broadway productions can be seen at the Lied Center, while University of Nebraska - Lincoln students put on plays at the Temple Building, and community theater productions are staged at the Haymarket Theater and Lincoln Community Playhouse, among other venues.

Lincoln Educational Opportunities

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Nebraska - Lincoln 47th among the country's top public schools. It also was named the nation's 84th best college for veterans. On the graduate level, UNL's programs in biological/agricultural engineering and ceramics ranked in the top ten.

Other 4-year colleges and universities in the area include private schools like Union College, ranked the 48th best regional college in the Midwest by U.S. News, and Nebraska Wesleyan University, rated one of the nation's top 150 liberal arts colleges. Students seeking a 2-year school can turn to Southeast Community College, which confers undergraduate certificates and associate's degrees. This public community college had about 9,400 students as of Fall 2014.

Additionally, Lincoln is home to Doane College's School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which offers bachelor's and master's degrees in around two dozen fields, including health professions, graphic design and school counseling. The Bryan College of Health Sciences, also in Lincoln, features undergraduate and graduate programs in medical sciences, nursing and nurse anesthesia, health care studies and sonography.

Lincoln Economy and Industry

The state and U.S. governments are major employers in Lincoln, with education and healthcare also serving as important industries. Other top employers include BNSF Railway, Lincoln Public Schools and State Farm Insurance.

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