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Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan
Old Main
Religious affiliation
Endowment$35.7 million[2]
PresidentDr. Darrin Good [3]
Academic staff
107 Full-time and 209 Part-time[4]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlack & Gold
AthleticsNCAA - ARC
MascotPrairie Wolves

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) is a private Methodist-affiliated university in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was founded in 1887 by Nebraska Methodists. As of 2017, it has approximately 2,100 students including 1,500 full-time students[5] and 300 faculty and staff. The school teaches in the tradition of a liberal arts college education. The university has 119 undergraduate majors, minors, and pre-professional programs in addition to three graduate programs.


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, which became 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).

Construction of the Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science began in 2017 with completion in 2019. It was the first new academic building in University Place in three decades.[6]


Nebraska Wesleyan athletic teams are known as 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 dual 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, now known as the American Rivers Conference.[7]

The men's golf team won the 2006 NCAA Division III National Championship, its first in men's golf. The Prairie wolves won by 10 strokes over the University of Redlands. The men's golf team has also won 35 conference championships; with back to back championships in 2018 and 2019.[8]

The men's basketball team won the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship, its first in men's basketball.[9]

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.

Greek life

IFC Fraternities
Panhellenic Sororities

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "NAICU - Membership". Archived from the original on November 9, 2015.
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 14, 2017. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Darrin S. Good | Nebraska Wesleyan University".
  4. ^ a b c d "College Navigator - Nebraska Wesleyan University".
  5. ^ Reist, Margaret (October 4, 2017). "Nebraska Wesleyan to offer $15,000 scholarship to SCC transfer students". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Dunker, Chris (April 4, 2017). "Wesleyan science building to be named for Duane Acklie". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Nebraska Wesleyan to Join Iowa Conference in 2016-17". Nebraska Wesleyan University. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Men's Golf History". Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Nebraska Wesleyan wins 78-72 thriller over UW-Oshkosh for program's first DIII basketball title". Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Academic Performance by Chapter. Nebraska Wesleyan University. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Shawn Bouwens". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Nebraska Governor Ralph Gilmour Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "CURTIS, Carl Thomas, (1905-2000)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "GRISWOLD, Dwight Palmer, (1893-1954)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ Korbelik, Jeff (February 8, 2011). "NWU graduate enjoying TV, stage and music success". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "John N. Norton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ Klivans, Laura (December 15, 2014). "Six months in, new schools head Antwan Wilson pushing his 'roadmap' for a challenged district". Oakland North. Retrieved 2016.

Further reading

  • David H. Mickey, class of 1939, wrote Of Sunflowers, Coyotes and Plainsmen: A History of Nebraska Wesleyan University (1992). Its three volumes cover inception to 1987. Volume One describes how the university began and tracks its progress to 1921. The second volume covers the years 1921-1946 and the third volume encompasses 1946-1987.

External links

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