Doane, the Best Choice for a Private University in Nebraska

Doane University Gives Needed Flexibility to Students

Life brings students of all backgrounds to Doane University. Some want to finish degrees they started long ago. Some want to learn something new and change careers. some have never been to college before. One thing that unites them all is a desire to make bold, determined moves toward a better future. Doane is united behind a desire to help them do just that. 

A Degree With Choices 

Doane University's Lincoln Campus was built to give student choices. Students have a full list of programs to choose from, and flexibility to decide how and when to complete them. Doane's programs are designed to help students switch careers, finish bachelor's degrees, or build something from scratch. There's a lot to choose from.

A Degree Built With You in Mind

Doane knows today's students are busy. That's why it only takes one night per week to get started at Doane's Lincoln campus. In-person courses are offered one night per week, eight weeks per term, five terms per year. All of Doane's programs are like this, graduate and undergraduate. Doane designed its curriculum to work with anyone's schedule. Some people need the flexibility of online courses to make their study plan work. Doane offers classes online if that's what a student requires. They don't have to miss out on the credits they need, even if they don't have the time to sit in class. 

A Degree Built Around You 

Doane has a generous transfer policy. Credits earned at other schools count at Doane, too. Military service and professional experience can also count toward the completion of a Doane degree. No matter which path a student chose in the past, it doesn't mean that they can't get credit for it at Doane. Doane works hard for its students, creating payment options that work best for the students, not the university. Doane has also done away with unnecessary fees for students. Students are investing in their educations; that's what they pay for. There are opportunities for financial aid, as well.

Doane matches its students' investments with a personalized, visionary education in a setting built around the student. Doane prides itself on having fantastic value for its students, no matter where they are. 

Academic Excellence

Excellence takes effort.

That’s why Doane’s curriculum for adult learners is crafted to engage you in theory and practice, which help you take what you’ve learned as a professional and apply it to furthering your career.

Doane’s adult learner classrooms produce real learning results through:

  • The knowledge of our outstanding faculty, who are current professionals in their respective fields
  • The invaluable life and work experience of you and your classmates.
  • Class sizes limited to no more than 25 students (and often, much smaller), keeping the interactions between you, your instructor and your colleagues personal.

That’s how we produce lifelong learners. Students who grow in the right environment will see opportunities for development no matter where they are or what they’re doing. And that’s how you separate yourself in your career.

Just know that your effort doesn’t go unnoticed. We give you academic support to succeed through a commitment to enriching your education. Doane builds innovative programs and enhances curriculum to meet the needs of all of our students along and the evolving needs of the workplace. Our one-to-one advising gives you guidance from registration to graduation.


We do our talking in the classroom, and that’s why we’re nationally recognized year in and year out as one of the best colleges in the Midwest.


  • In back-to-back years, ranks Doane No. 1 in Nebraska in its “Best Colleges For Your Money” for its value and return on investment.
  • consistently puts Doane among the top Nebraska colleges in its “America’s Best Colleges” rankings.
  • Doane is recognized as one of the better national liberal arts colleges in U.S.News & World Report’s annual undergraduate college rankings.
  • The Princeton Review heralds Doane as one of the “Best in the Midwest.”
  • Washington Monthly placed Doane as Nebraska’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges in its rankings, which emphasize both academics and service.
Distinguished History

Doane University was founded as the first of college of its type in Nebraska more than 140 years ago, and we believe our adult learning program is one-of-a-kind, too.

From our roots on the prairie to our innovative programs for working adults, Doane has carved its own niche in the landscape of higher education.

Our curriculum for working adults is predicated on the same liberal arts principles—inquiry, engagement and practice—we’ve perfected since 1872. We cultivate classroom environments that are as much about our faculty’s expertise as they are about the value in you and your classmates’ life experiences. Together, students can unlock a whole new way of thinking and apply it immediately to their careers and lives through both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

We established our first adult learner campus in Lincoln in 1981, a time when it was cutting edge for a liberal arts college to include working adults as part of its mission. In 2014, we brought our unique approach, conveniently scheduled classes and high-quality faculty to Omaha, putting Doane in two of Nebraska’s largest metro areas.

Each year, more than 2,000 students enroll in our adult learning programs, fitting education into their busy lives because Doane makes it easy, affordable and worthwhile.



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