Established in 1872, Doane is the oldest liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska, a state in the heart of the U.S. Midwest. Traditional students attend Doane's safe, residential campus in Crete, Nebraska, a town of about 7,000. It is just 25 minutes away from Lincoln, the state's capital and one of the larger cities in the region.
Academic and cultural activities
Doane’s world-class liberal arts and sciences education puts a priority on culturally enriching experiences. Since 2010, Doane's student population has represented 30 different US states and 13 other countries.
Once a month, the Multicultural Support Services office hosts a cultural program on campus, and last year that ranged from South American music to Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Special trips to Lincoln will also be available, where the Confucius Institute can be found.
Dual degree students also visit regional companies and organizations employing engineers such as the City of Lincoln Wastewater Treatment Facilities; the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Company; the Nebraska Public Power District’s Sheldon Power Generating Station; and Schneider Electric company.
Advanced learning environments
Our new Learning Commons and College to Career Center give students high-caliber academic facilities. The Learning Commons merges technology with creative and collaborative spaces inside our library. The College to Career Center prepares students for internships and jobs and connects them those opportunities. Before students begin an internship, they will complete a short online course and work with faculty to find appropriate internship sites.
Doane is committed to providing a personal learning environment with faculty who engage all students. The average class size here is just 16 students.
Students can choose from 39 different majors, 30 minors and six pre-professional programs.
STUDENT LIFE AT DOANE
Living on campus
About 65 percent of Doane students live on campus with multiple living options and four residence halls. The traditional style includes double and triple rooms with shared restrooms conveniently located on each floor. Suite-style living is also available, with groups of four to 12 students living in single- or double-occupancy rooms with a common living space and restrooms inside the suite. All residence halls are coed and have computer rooms with printers, kitchens, laundry rooms, lounge spaces and outdoor patios, some with fireplaces and grills. Some halls include classrooms, a 25-seat theatre, computer gaming room and music practice room. Residence Life staff live in every hall and create a positive living environment through educational and social programming.
Doane offers different meal plans to fit different student schedules that have access to all three of Doane's dining facilities. An all-you-can-eat cafeteria with a salad bar, pizza station and “special of the day” action station is the main dining area. Tiger Inn is a convenient option between classes where students can order meals (sandwiches and sides) from the grill with their own specifications. The campus coffeehouse, Common Grounds, has specialty coffees, drinks and a variety of breakfast and dessert food items.
In 2014, Doane students had more than 80 student clubs and organizations to choose from. Focuses of the groups are wide-ranging, including academics, career interests, leadership, media, music, religions, social life and others. Campus programming offers students plenty to do in their free time with athletic events, comedians, guest educational speakers, musical entertainers and theatre performances.
The campus is monitored by a Safety Office, which is run by a director, four safety administrators and additional assistance provided by a security firm. During the academic year, the safety office is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staff monitors the campus, provides an escort service for students, controls the campus' buildings through keyless access points, makes identification cards, regulates parking and takes reports of concerned members of the college community. The safety office also coordinates emergency planning and safety drills.
Doane has modified its academic calendar to include a longer winter break. Fall semesters run from late August to mid-December and spring semesters run from mid-January to early May. For the first time in 2015, a voluntary spring term in May 2015 with both on-campus and online courses will be offered.