University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: Lincoln, NE
Locale: Medium City (100,000 to 500,000)
Student Population (FTE): 25,897
In-State Tuition: $7,125.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $22,425.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Important transitions exemplify UNL’s commitment to creating a more inclusive campus. An example is the vigil we held the day after Orlando. Two graduate students contacted me and wanted to organize a vigil, which took place the next day. Speakers included the Mayor of Lincoln, the diversity chair from ASUN (student government), Lauren (one of the organizing graduate students), myself (Center Director), Chancellor Green, Vice Chancellor Franco, and President of the University of Nebraska system, Hank Bounds. All attended and spoke. This October, I will be a UNL employee for 25 years. This show of support from top administrators on campus and in Lincoln is historic. From adding SOGI into the non-discrimination policy, creating a position and center, to addressing Title IX concerns, attitudes towards LGBTQA+ people and issues is recognized and responded to more appropriately. The resource center continues to be incorporated into campus life, & we continue to make progress. The Director serves on a system-wide committee that is putting together a Trans Guide for the system. I have noticed more intentional LGBTQA+ inclusion. When diversity is talked about, SOGI is now part of that conversation. The concept of intersectionality is becoming recognized. I have served on a diversity and inclusion council for the Athletic Department and a diversity summit was organized for student athletes and staff addressing multiple identities and inclusion. We continue to move forward!

Our Synopsis

The LGBTQA+ center provides a variety of programming, services, outreach, resources & advocacy. We host annual events that include a history month dinner, drag shows, Lavender Graduation & the Chancellor's Awards, and provide an annual Scholarship and emergency fund. We have a peer mentor program, a speaker’s bureau, library, hangout space & work collaboratively with campus departments, student & community groups. We have a gender inclusive housing option, chosen name option & students can change their gender marker on records with a driver's license or passport. We have great partners, involvement opportunities, student groups, and development opportunities. Sexual orientation and gender identity are included in our non-discrimination policy, student trans health care insurance and a Trans Care Clinic are available. We have an LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor; and Athletics is part of LGBT SportsSafe. The center has grown and includes safe space, ally development, brave space, and social justice supporter workshops, cards & materials. We have out & allied individuals & organizations, and the shift toward a more intentional inclusive approach is noticeable. We have supporters on campus and off. Involvement on campus is encouraged and visibility has improved. For many students, UNL is the most progressive environment they have been in! That’s progress!

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Campus is generally welcoming with positive people and great faculty. For NE it's very welcoming & UNL has a very supportive queer community. Being involved in the center has been a very positive, enriching experience for me.

— Incoming student, Center Volunteer and current undergraduate student staff membe

For the most part I feel comfortable on campus, especially knowing other LGBTQA+ students, staff, and faculty, and that there are queer-positive spaces available. The Center helps a lot so folks have a place to get information and resources, know how to get involved, and just knowing the center is here helps a lot.

— Junior, Trans Man,

"Even though we don't have the most diverse campus community, the community we do have supports each other no matter what."

— 21 year old junior

"When I first came to UNL I was scared that I would struggle as a trans student, but you and the rest of the people at the LGBT+ resource center have been an incredible help and I've felt more supported here than any other time in my life."

— Trans student, sophomore, Actuarial Science major

"My college is super LGBT + friendly also, so if you're stuck on where to go, consider UNL as an option. They have great programs."

— Posted on Instagram by Trans student

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Open House


Elements of Change! 15th Annual LGBTQA+ History Month Dinner!


Night of the Living Drag Show!


Lavender Graduation & The Chancellor's Awards


Dish It Up Late Night!


Admissions Office

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Admissions Office

Undergraduate Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
1410 Q Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

Phone: 402-472-0670

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
3.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
2.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
4 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
3 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3.5 of 5

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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