Nebraska Wesleyan University
Old Main
Religious affiliation
United Methodist
Endowment$56.35 million[2]
PresidentDr. Darrin Good [3]
Academic staff
104 Full-time and 91 Part-time[4]
Location, ,
United States
Black & Gold
NicknamePrairie Wolves
Sporting affiliations
MascotPrairie Wolf

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 central 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 northeast Lincoln, Nebraska;[6] 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.[7]


The Nebraska Wesleyan athletic teams are called the Prairie Wolves.[8] The university is a member of the NCAA Division III ranks, primarily competing in the American Rivers Conference (ARC; formerly known as the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) since the 2016–17 academic year.[9] The Prairie Wolves previously competed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1969–70 to 2015–16; as well as an NCAA D-III Independent while holding dual affiliation membership with the NAIA and the NCAA from 1982 to 2016.

Nebraska Wesleyan competes in 21 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Former sports included women's bowling.


Nebraska Wesleyan has been associated with four mascots in its history, 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.[8]

Athletic facilities

Nebraska Wesleyan's athletic facilities include Abel Stadium, which seats approximately 2,500 people and is used for college football, soccer and other events, and Snyder Arena, which seats 2,350 and is used for basketball and volleyball.[10]


The men's golf team won the 2006 NCAA Division III National Championship,[11] 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.[12]

The men's basketball team won the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship, its first in men's basketball.[13]

Greek life

IFC Fraternities
Panhellenic Sororities

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. ^ As of June 30, 2017. "All U.S. and Canadian NCSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2017 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017". 2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  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 June 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Dunker, Chris. "State Department grant to boost Nebraska Wesleyan's study-abroad programs". Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  7. ^ Dunker, Chris (April 4, 2017). "Wesleyan science building to be named for Duane Acklie". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Davis, Jerry (September 26, 2016). "The Other Wesleyans". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  9. ^ "Nebraska Wesleyan to Join Iowa Conference in 2016-17". Nebraska Wesleyan University. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Athletic Facilities". Nebraska Wesleyan University. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  11. ^ "DIII Men's Golf Championship History |". Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  12. ^ "Men's Golf History". Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  13. ^ "Nebraska Wesleyan wins 78-72 thriller over UW-Oshkosh for program's first DIII basketball title". Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Academic Performance by Chapter | Nebraska Wesleyan University". Academic Performance by Chapter. Nebraska Wesleyan University. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Former Nebraska lawmaker will serve as Rural Development director". Associated Press. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
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  17. ^ "Nebraska Governor Ralph Gilmour Brooks". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  18. ^ "CURTIS, Carl Thomas, (1905–2000)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  19. ^ "Gerrard, John M. | District of Nebraska | United States District Court". Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  20. ^ "GRISWOLD, Dwight Palmer, (1893–1954)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  21. ^ Dunker, Chris (September 30, 2017). "How did a Nebraska university benefit from Playboy money and connections?". AP News. Retrieved December 28, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Korbelik, Jeff (February 8, 2011). "NWU graduate enjoying TV, stage and music success". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  23. ^ "John N. Norton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  24. ^ "Urbom, Warren Keith | District of Nebraska | United States District Court". Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  25. ^ Klivans, Laura (December 15, 2014). "Six months in, new schools head Antwan Wilson pushing his 'roadmap' for a challenged district". Oakland North. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  26. ^ "D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson Resigns After School-Transfer Scandal". WAMU. Retrieved December 30, 2021.

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