University of Nebraska-Lincoln

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, began as a land-grant university and now stands as an institution of international status. Today, UNL is the flagship of higher education in the state of Nebraska and is the love and pride of the entire state. Originally sporting names such as the ‘Hawkeyes’ and the ‘Antelopes,’ Nebraska students and fans have been known as Cornhuskers, often abbreviated to ‘Huskers,’ since the term was first coined in 1893. UNL sports Scarlet and Cream as school colors and was a founding member of the Big 12 Conference, becoming a member of the Big Ten beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. 

Nickname:  Cornhuskers or Huskers
School Colors:  Scarlet & Cream
Mascots:  Herbie Husker & Lil’ Red

HUSKERS, HERBIE HUSKER & LIL' RED

  Named after insect-devouring bull bats that hovered over the plains, the University of Nebraska sports teams were once known as the Bugeaters. Around 1900, a lo... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

Dear Old Nebraska U (There is No Place Like Nebraska) Written and composed by Harry Pecha, a 1924 UNL graduate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RudxjzBMwg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pcivIdMok Hail Varsity Written by Joyce Ayres, 1930 UNL grad; music written by Wilbur Chenoweth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szQG2vdqgrg March of t... (more)

OLD IRON GATES & COLUMNS

The old iron gates served as the main entrance to campus from 1892 to 1922. In 1892, UNL was surrounded by an iron fence to encompass the University and prevent cows from wandering onto main campus. Later, in 1922, the fence was removed because of logistical difficulties presented by an expanding university. However, two gates remained in their place, while the rest of the fence was moved to the A... (more)

IVY DAY

As UNL’s longest-standing tradition (having first been celebrated in 1889), Ivy Day serves to celebrate a group of rising Seniors at Nebraska who have been selected as members for both Senior Class Honorary societies: Mortar Board (The Black Masque Chapter) and The Innocents Society. Having first been celebrated with song, dance and the planting of ivy, this day now celebrates Nebraska’s schol... (more)