As Nebraska’s first liberal arts college, Doane College has set a precedent. With campuses located in Grand Island and Lincoln, this private liberal arts school is best known for its main campus in Crete. Enrolling more than 1,000 undergraduates and over 1200 graduates, students can get a small campus feel with many opportunities.
Doane College is one of the first colleges in the nation that integrates internships in students’ educations, viewing this experience as an integral part of a liberal arts degree. Furthermore, Doane believes that a college degree should only take four years and therefore have instituted a four-year graduation guarantee. If a student is unable to receive their major in four years or less, the college will assume the cost of the necessary fifth year. This guarantee does not include having more than one major or minors.
Established in 1871, the history of Doane College dates as far back as 1857. The General Association of Congregational Churches knew they wanted to start a school for higher education and after much perseverance, succeeded.
Among the notable alumni that have attended Doane College is J.R. Artozqui, a professional football player and Douglas L. Wilson, two-time recipient of the Lincoln Prize. Furthermore, Doane College has had 55 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946.
More than 80% of students live on campus. With five different resident halls to choose from, students can enjoy air conditioning and laundry facilities in all of them. Students can choose from Smith Hall; with a full kitchen in the basement along with a game room with televisions and game hook-ups, or students can choose to live in Sheldon Hall; with an annual Christmas party and a home theater system. Wherever students decide to live, Doane College makes sure that their experience is one of welcoming and acceptance, after all this will be their home away from home.
When not studying, students can take part in over 60 organizations including 5 fraternities and 4 sororities. Students can participate in the Human Resource Club, or the Q.S.A. which provides support and educational for GLBT students.
Athletics are an important aspect of Doane College. Students can join one of the 18 Division II sports teams. Sports include soccer, tennis, and football.
When not living on campus, students can enjoy the charming town of Crete. With a population of 6,000 people, Crete features a golf course, a sky-diving center and award winning local shops and restaurants. It’s also just a few miles from Omaha if students wish to venture out.
Doane College costs just over $31,000 a year to attend. In 2012, 71% of students needed financial assistance, with all of them receiving some form of aid. Around 33% of those students saw their needs fully met. At the end of their education, students can expect to be $21,000 in debt.