Nebraska Wesleyan University
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Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan
Old Main
Type Private
Established 1887
Religious affiliation
Endowment $35.7 million[2]
Location Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Colors Black & Gold
Athletics NCAA - IIAC
Mascot Prairie Wolves

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) is a private, coeducational university located in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. It was founded in 1887 by Nebraska Methodists. As of 2007, it has 1,600 full-time students and 300 faculty and staff. The school teaches in the tradition of a liberal arts college education. Nebraska Wesleyan was ranked the #1 liberal arts college in Nebraska by U.S. News and World Report in 2015. In 2009, Forbes ranked it 84th of America's Best Colleges.[3] It remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


Chartered on January 20, 1887, Nebraska Wesleyan University had an initial enrollment of 96. The initial teaching and administrative staff at this time totaled eight, including the chancellor.

In September 1887, the cornerstone was laid for Old Main, the defining building of the campus. Still with no stairways, windows, or flooring on some floors, classes began in September 1888. The first graduating class was four women in 1890. The second graduating class, in 1891, was made up of four men. Nebraska Wesleyan received accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1914.

The school is located in the former town of University Place, Nebraska. Today, it is part of Lincoln, Nebraska; the surrounding neighborhood is a historic residential and shopping area of Lincoln.

Early on, Nebraska Wesleyan was a college of liberal arts; schools of art, business and education; a music conservatory; an academy (high school) also comprising an elementary school and kindergarten. The high school was discontinued in 1931, and the primary schools in 1941 (grade school) and 1942 (kindergarten). Nebraska Wesleyan offered a Master of Arts degree until 1937.

The University 119 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. It also offers graduate programs: a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Education.

Nebraska Wesleyan has been associated with four mascots in its history, featuring the Sunflower (1894-1907), the Coyote (1907-1933), the Plainsman (1933-2000), and the Prairie Wolf (2000-present). The school colors are black and gold.

David H. Mickey, class of 1939, wrote Of Sunflowers, Coyotes and Plainsmen: A History of Nebraska Wesleyan University (1992).[4] Its three volumes cover inception to 1987.


Nebraska Wesleyan athletic teams are known the Prairie Wolves. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

Formerly a duel member of both the NAIA and NCAA, Nebraska Wesleyan moved exclusively to the NCAA as part of its 2016 move to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[5]

The football team played Pepperdine Waves in the 1947 Will Rogers Bowl, the only postseason bowl appearance for either school.[6]

Notable alumni

Points of interest


  1. ^ NAICU - Member Directory
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ "America's Best Colleges". 
  4. ^ Mickey, David H. Of Sunflowers, Coyotes, and Plainsmen. Lincoln, Neb., Augstums Print, 1992.
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  6. ^ "Nebraska Wesleyan University All-Time Football Results" (PDF). Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ "Shawn Bouwens". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nebraska Governor Ralph Gilmour Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "CURTIS, Carl Thomas, (1905 - 2000)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "GRISWOLD, Dwight Palmer, (1893 - 1954)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ Korbelik, Jeff (2011-02-08). "NWU graduate enjoying TV, stage and music success". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "John N. Norton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012. 
  13. ^ Klivans, Laura (December 15, 2014). "Six months in, new schools head Antwan Wilson pushing his 'roadmap' for a challenged district". Oakland North. Retrieved 2016. 

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