College Towns: Lincoln, Nebraska

Learn more about Lincoln, Nebraska -- Home of the University of Nebraska.

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The Town: Lincoln, Nebraska

The Nebraska capital and the second-largest largest city with a population of 248,000, Lincoln is a day’s driving distance from Chicago, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, Denver and Saint Louis. Thunderstorms and the occasional tornado mark humid summers, while winters stay cold with a moderate to mild amount of snowfall.

Lincoln is annually rated as one of the best college towns in large part because of its football team.

The School: University of Nebraska

The University of Nebraska is the state’s flagship university. Agricultural research is one of the renowned areas of study at the school, as many programs are funded by the US Department of Agriculture. It also houses a state-of-the art robotics laboratory as well as groundbreaking digital archives for the English department.

In 2010, the university purchased 250 additional acres of land and will begin construction on an $800 million campus expansion/renovation.

What To Do

Lincoln is annually rated as one of the best college towns in large part because of its football team. Winning five championships in its history (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997), every home game at Memorial Stadium has been sold out since 1962.

Unlike some programs, the crowd is known for its great sportsmanship, even in losses. Saturdays in the fall turn into a city-wide event in which students and residents tailgate before and celebrate after football games. 2011 will be uncharted territory for the Cornhuskers, as they will be playing in the Big 10 Conference for the first year.

During the rest of the year, head to downtown Lincoln, where you’ll find movie theaters, clothing shops, ice cream parlors and bars. As a city of nearly a quarter-million people, Lincoln has a healthy mix of students and families.

Where to Eat and Drink

Built under a viaduct, Crawdaddy’s is a typical college dive with a not-so-typical menu. The giant menu and giant portions feature a little bit of everything, indulging traditional barbeque, Tex-Mex, and Cajun food. Stop by on Sundays for 25-cent tacos!

Did You Know?

One of the emergency landing locations for NASA space shuttles is the Lincoln Municipal Airport.

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