Facts about NWU

Nebraska Wesleyan University is the #1 liberal arts university in Nebraska. NWU is dedicated to academic excellence in an environment of Christian concern at both its Lincoln campus and Omaha site.

Nebraska Wesleyan University, founded in 1887, enrolls approximately 2,100 from multiple states and countries which makes it the ideal sized university.

University Facts

  • Average incoming class ACT: 26
  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 19
  • 106 majors, minors and pre-professional programs
  • 40+ active student organizations
  • Thriving study abroad and service learning programming
  • Six Greek chapters
  • 79% average first to second-year retention rate
  • 70% graduation rate (percentage of full-time, first-time students who completed bachelor's degree within 6 years)
  • 66% enter grad school within five years
  • Four-year graduation guarantee
  • 98% of students receive financial aid
  • $15 million in aid distributed last year
  • Student loan default rate: 4.6% (national average: 11.5%)

About Lincoln, NE

Students at Nebraska Wesleyan’s main campus live and learn in Lincoln—the Great Plains’ greatest college town. With a quarter-million people and 40,000 college students, the midsized city of Lincoln gives students access to internships and jobs in state government, business, nonprofits, scientific research, education and the arts.

Low unemployment, low crime and low cost of living combine with high diversity and a friendly local culture to make Lincoln a great place to pursue learning and launch careers.

Learn more about life in Lincoln at lifeisright.com.

Methodist Connection

Nebraska Wesleyan University was founded by Nebraska Methodists and actively maintains its relation to the United Methodist Church and its Great Plains Annual Conference.

Contact or visit us

Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
(800) 541-3818
(402) 466-2371