Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University, commonly referred to as NWU, was founded by the Nebraska Methodists in 1887. This private, four-year liberal arts institute is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. NWU's recent enrollments have ben over 1,500 students every year. The 2002 edition of U.S. News and World Report placed NWU at the 1st position among all the liberal arts colleges in Nebraska.

Nebraska Wesleyan University offers over 40 majors, more than 30 minors, and several master's degrees. Students can opt for courses in art, biology, education, business, health sciences, music, religion and philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and English, among others.

The sports teams of NWU are nicknamed the Prairie Wolves. They are members of the NCAA Division III, and participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

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Contacting Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 St Paul Ave
Lincoln , NE 68504-2794
General Phone: (402) 466-2371

Nebraska Wesleyan University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management115business, business administration, accounting, international business, business and related services
Liberal Arts101women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, English language and literature, international studies, economics, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine61nursing administration
Science51biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, biopsychology, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy36health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Education and Teaching35special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, English teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social science teaching
Security and Law Enforcement30forensic science
Therapy and Counseling28psychology, organizational psychology
Family and Social Work11social work
Art Studies9art studies
Drama and Performing Arts6drama, various performing arts
Music5music, music performance
Media5communication studies, political communication
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, religion
Fine Arts0fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering0information science, computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree40853
Award of less than 1 academic year62
Postbaccalaureate certificate132
Master's degree713

Nebraska Wesleyan University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Nebraska Wesleyan University had a total enrollment of 2,107 students (2,064 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 36%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 32%
22-24 13%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota1%

Nebraska Wesleyan University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

Nebraska Wesleyan University Room and Board (2007)

Nebraska Wesleyan University offers campus housing for 899 of its 2,064 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Lincoln, Nebraska for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Nebraska Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 23 meals per week.

Nebraska Wesleyan University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520650
SAT Math550680
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT6%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Nebraska Wesleyan University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,272
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,272
Room and board $ 5,710
Room charge $ 3,240
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,470
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
Nebraska Wesleyan University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 255500)

Nebraska Wesleyan University Faculty

Nebraska Wesleyan University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*0*
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$56,5323$50,084

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year21$68,26212$66,388
Associate professoracademic year16$53,48722$52,413
Assistant professoracademic year11$45,23417$43,427
Instructoracademic year1*3$40,369
No academic rankacademic year1*5$40,400
All faculty totalacademic year50$57,26959$51,036

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Plains Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Track Great Plains Athletic Conference

Nebraska Wesleyan University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Political Communication

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Nebraska Wesleyan University Apart:

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checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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