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The University of Nebraska at Omaha is the Omahamarker campus of the University of Nebraska system, and is the third-largest institution of higher education in Nebraska, after the University of Nebraska–Lincolnmarker and Metropolitan Community College. After its foundation as Omaha University in 1908, the institution became the public Municipal University of Omaha in 1931. It assumed its current name in 1968 following a merger into the University of Nebraska. The institution has a strong tradition of serving commuter students from within Omaha, but in recent years has developed student housing to better serve students from Nebraska, the United States, and the world for whom the commute is not convenient. On October 8, 2008, the University of Nebraska at Omaha celebrated its 100th year of existence.


Omaha University

The original Omaha University was founded in 1908 in the Kountze Place neighborhood of North Omaha. The first classes were located in the Redick Mansion, once at North 24th and Pratt Streets, from 1909 through 1917. Established a few blocks north of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, most of the early faculty were recruited from Seminary teachers, as well as the faculty of Bellevue College. There were 26 students in the first year, most of whom graduated from Omaha High School. Three of the University's first four presidents were ordained Presbyterian ministers. Two other buildings on the original campus included Jacobs Hall, a gymnasium erected in 1910, and Joslyn Hall, a classroom building erected in 1917.

Jacobs Hall was a gymnasium facing North 24th Street that was built in 1910 with $14,000 received from the sale of land contributed by Lillian Maul. The land, the first donation to the University, was near the present West Dodge campus of the university. It was the first new building constructed on the university campus. Joslyn Hall was built with funds contributed by a well-known Omahan, George A. Joslyn. Donating $25,000 toward the building, Joslyn stipulated the school identify another $25,000 in a year. The building was located just north of Redick Hall and was finished in January 1917. Joslyn Hall had three stories and a basement with a total of thirty classrooms that accommodated 750 students. The building included chemistry and physics laboratories, an auditorium and music department. Redick Hall was sold and moved in February 1917, to Minnesota where it became a resort.

In the early 1920s a proposed "magnificent campus" was slated for development between 21st and 25th Avenues, bounded by Kountze Park and the Carter Lake Parkmarker. In 1927, businessmen formed the North Omaha Activities Association in order to redevelop Saratoga School's playing field into a football field for the University's football team. With new bleachers built to accommodate a crowd of a thousand, the Saratoga Field was home to OU's football team until 1951. The school also served as OU's science call from 1917 to 1926.

Current north campus

The University moved from the North Omaha campus to its present main location at 60th and Dodge Street in 1938. The old campus buildings were used as apartments and offices, and were demolished to make way for a 12-story Omaha Housing Authority apartment building for the elderly, which was completed in 1965.

Dr. Milo Bail became president of Omaha University in 1948 and served until 1965. During that time Omaha hotel magnate Eugene C. Eppley's foundation gave more than $1.2 million to the university. After Eppley's passing, the Eppley Foundation donated another $50,000 to recruit distinguished professors. The Eppley Administration Building, designed by John Latenser, Sr., at the University of Nebraska at Omaha was named in recognition of the Foundation's giving. In 1952 the national Silver Wings student organization was founded at UO. In June 1964 Jacobs and Joslyn Halls were the last two original OU buildings at 24th & Pratt Streets to be demolished. In 1976 the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library replaced the Eppley Library.

South Campus

Currently the University of Nebraska at Omaha has three campuses: Dodge Street, Pacific Street, and Center Street Campus. The Dodge Street and Pacific Street Campuses are connected via Elmwood Park Road, also called South 67th Street, and separated by Elmwood Park. UNO plans to expand the South Campus via Aksarben Village.


UNO is the home of the Peter Kiewit Institute a $70 million state-of-the art computer science facility and engineering facility, making it one of the premier computer science, management information systems(MIS) and bioinformatics programs in the region. PKI houses UNO's College of Information Science and Technology and UNLmarker's College of Engineering and Technology. The College of Information Science and Technology offers undergraduate/graduate degrees in Computer Science, Management Information Systems and Bioinformatics (graduate degree offered in collaboration with UNMC's Pathology's graduate program).

In addition, the University of Nebraska, Omaha enjoys an excellent reputation. National rankings for its undergraduate and graduate programs include honors from U.S News America's Best Colleges 2007, Entrepreneur Magazine Entrepreneurial Colleges, Princeton Review's and "Best Midwestern College 2007." U.S News America's Best Graduate Schools 2009 ranked the public affairs program in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service 27th in the nation, and also ranked several specializations in the Master in Public Administration high: information and technology management (6th), public finance and budgeting (9th), city management and urban policy (13th), public management administration (15th), nonprofit management (18th). Criminology was ranked 9th in 2005.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha's Economics Department ranks among the best economics departments in the world according to an international study conducted by Tom Coupe, a researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxellesmarker.

The College of Business Administration's Masters in Business Administration students ranked in the top 5% nationally, while the undergraduate students ranked in the top 15% on a most recent standardized exam on business topics conducted by the Educational Testing Service.

UNO maintains a widely-regarded online film journal called the The Journal of Religion and Film.


Atheltics logo

Nebraska-Omaha's sports teams have been nicknamed the Mavericks since 1971. The university currently operates 14 intercollegiate athletic programs which compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The hockey team competes in the Division I Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In 1975 the women's softball team won the AIAW national championship. The Maverick wrestling team is coached by the Hall of Fame Coach Mike Denney, who has led the team to 5 NCAA II National Championships and numerous other top finishes during his 30 year tenure. The UNO men's tennis team went into their first season in the fall of 2008 as a result of entering into a new conference, the MIAA. Led by 5th year senior and Nebraska Cornhusker transfer Marcus Hansen, the Mavericks went 9-9 in their first season. Coach Bill Nichols and his 2009 men's team will later be inducted into the Maverick Hall of Fame.

Men's sports at UNO include tennis, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and volleyball.


As of 2007, the chancellor of UNO is John Christensen, Ph.D., and the deans are:
  • College of Arts and Sciences - David Boocker, Ph.D.
  • College of Business Administration - Louis G. Pol, Ph.D.
  • College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - Gail F. Baker, Ph.D.
  • College of Education - John Langan, Ed. D.
  • College of Information Science and Technology - Hesham H. Ali, Ph.D.
  • College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Burton J. Reed, Ph.D.
  • Criss Library - Stephen R. Shorb, M.A., M.L.S.
  • Graduate Studies - Deborah S. Smith-Howell, Ph.D.
  • International Studies and Programs - Thomas E. Gouttierre, M.A.

Fight song

UNO Fight
We will fight, fight, fight for our Mav-er-icks,
We will fight, fight, fight for our team.
Everyone knows when that old whistle blows,
We will shout, we will yell, we will scream.
We will fight, fight, fight for our Mav-er-icks,
we will cheer so all fans will know.
Be at win or lose or draw,
Everyone for Omaha,
We will fight for U-N-O.

Composer, Dr. James Saker

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. (2008) University of Nebraska at Omaha Celebrates 100 Years.
  3. "History of Omaha at a glance", Douglas County Historical Society. Retrieved 4/10/08. p 65.
  4. (1993) A History of UNO. University of Nebraska at Omaha. Retrieved 5/29/07.
  5. "Old campus fades into oblivion", UNO Alumni Newsletter. August 1964. Retrieved 4/29/08.
  6. Saratoga Field University of Nebraska at Omaha website.
  7. (1960) "West Dodge Campus Choice Gave Unique Building Design", The Gateway - UNO. Retrieved 3/26/08.
  8. (1960) "West Dodge Campus Choice Gave Unique Building Design", The Gateway - UNO. Retrieved 3/26/08.
  9. "There's more to UNO buildings that just a name", Gateway. July 10, 2004. Retrieved 2/3/08.
  10. "University buildings", UNO Gateway. Retrieved 2/4/08.
  11. Coupe, T. Study. Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  12. Press Release. University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  13. UNO - excerpt from Summer 1971 yearbook, Tomahawk
  14. (2006) "New mark to be used for 2008 Basketball Championships, utilized full-time beginning July 1" Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Retrieved 2/4/08.

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