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Student Experience

With the resources, faculty and technology at Nebraska, you’ll collaborate, create, design, discover, research, contribute and succeed—all before you graduate. No matter what your ambition is, you can make it happen in the arts at Nebraska.

Day in the Husker Life

Between painting scenic backdrops and picking up her graduation cap, check out a day in the Husker life of theatre major Araceli Ramirez.

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Build a strong foundation

  • Learn from Masters

    Participate in masterclasses and guest artist residencies with leading artists in each discipline both in your discipline, as well as through the world-class Lied Center for Performing Arts and Sheldon Museum of Art. See the hard work and preparation needed first hand to reach the pinnacle level of achievement. Previous guest artists have included Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Misty Copeland, and more.

  • Prepare Yourself for the Next Level

    Join one of 18 music ensembles. Earn union membership credits by performing in Nebraska Repertory Theatre productions. Organize your own exhibition in the MEDICI Gallery. Create your own film. We will challenge you, but you’ll be prepared to do big things in your arts career.

  • Connect with Faculty 1-on-1

    With an average class size under 20 students, you’ll have personalized attention from professors who are fully invested in your growth. The university’s UCARE program also supports undergraduates to work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in research or creative activities. The First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) matches eligible incoming freshmen with faculty mentors to learn about research and creative activities in the mentor’s field and to participate in a manageable research or creative project.

  • Find Your Creative Home

    You will find a supportive arts community and an abundance of organizations to get involved in to make connections. Find a student organization that matches your passions, including Theatrix student theatre producing company, AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Artists), Orchesis (dance), The Clay Club, Creative Commons, Cinema 16, music ensembles, a cappella groups or form your own organization. Network through internships, conduct research and exhibit real-world creative projects.


People in Lincoln are Midwestern-friendly and students feel safe. The city is intricately interconnected with our urban campus. It is easy to go from the Arts Quad to Chipotle to Juice Stop to Blaze Pizza to a movie theater, art gallery or local music venue all without having to drive. Lincoln is a college city where the costs for everything from food to entertainment are low and you’ll be surrounded by the arts with more than 400 performances, exhibition and lectures offered by the college annually. Plus, the city hosts events ranging from First Friday Artworks at local galleries; concerts and sporting events at Pinnacle Bank Arena; and global restaurants, shopping and other entertainment steps away in Lincoln’s Haymarket district downtown.

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Students also receive discounted or free admission to select performances, exhibitions and special events and screenings at these on-campus organizations:

Go Further with Financial Support for Experiences

Major in the arts and be eligible to apply for grants thanks to the Hixson-Lied Endowment, which supports travel for presentations, conferences, performances and research; international and domestic study opportunities; and special projects such as films, capstone or thesis art projects, and recording projects.

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Experience the World

“…making it through those sort of small misadventures while abroad has helped me be more fearless in my graphic design.”
— Carlos Velasco

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The Nebraska Value

Nebraska offers you one of the best value college experiences out there. Among the lowest tuition in the Big Ten; 65% of first-year students receive institutional grants or scholarships.* See how you get more for your investment here.

*National Center for Education Statistics

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of first year students receive institutional grants or scholarships

of students receive financial aid in the form of grants, work study or loans

in scholarships awarded annually to Hixson-Lied College students

An Emphasis on Student Success

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts’ Student Success Center is located in Rm. 111 of Woods Art Building. Our Student Success Coordinator, Jenna Brende, assists students with personal, academic and financial concerns and connects them with appropriate resources. She also assists with programs such as New Student Enrollment and success seminars. Jenna was a first-generation college student and knows what it is like not to know where to begin. The Student Success Center is that place.

Undergraduate students receive advising from faculty advisors. Our Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Jackie Mattingly, focuses on students, student diversity and inclusion, success, retention and advising. We care about well-being of our students and promote wellness activities throughout the academic year.

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