Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the state's land-grant university and the only comprehensive university in Nebraska. Through its three primary missions of learning, discovery and engagement, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the state's intellectual center and has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral-degree granting institution in the state. Nebraska was the first university west of the Mississippi to establish a graduate college (in 1896); today, UNL is one of the top 50 American universities in the number of doctoral degrees granted annually. The University of Nebraska boasts 22 Rhodes Scholars and three Nobel laureates among its alumni.
Nebraska's tradition of excellence is demonstrated not only in its classrooms and labs, but also on its fields of play. A member of the Big Ten Conference, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Cornhuskers field 21 varsity teams in 15 sports. No school has produced more Academic All-Americans or Football Academic All-Americans than Nebraska.