University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business

Building Business Leaders. Like Only Nebraska Can.

The goal of the College of Business is to be recognized as a leading impact player that drives discovery, creates opportunity and empowers individuals to lead the future of business. 

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Relentless Focus on Student Access and Success

The College of Business strives to ensure access to college for students from all backgrounds. Key scholarship priorities for the college include need-based and merit-based scholarships available to freshmen and upperclassmen, as well as scholarships for the Nebraska Business Honors Academy and the Inclusive Business Leaders program.

Enhancing Faculty and Academic Excellence

Endowed chairs and professorships allow the college to recruit and retain world-class faculty —  outstanding teachers doing cutting-edge research. To help keep the college competitive with our Big Ten peers in faculty recruitment and retention, a greater number of professorships and chairs are needed across the college. 

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Transformational Research and Innovation

Productive faculty who frequently publish in respected journals boost the reputation of the college and accelerate our momentum as we continue to move up in national rankings. Faculty research helps shape the future in both theory and practice, impacting entrepreneurship, government policy, business leadership and more. 

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With your help, the College of Business will continue to be essential to a thriving Nebraska economy through our contributions to workforce development, research and business growth.


“The college is truly grateful for the donor support which has been transformational in helping us achieve our growth and success. Together, we will continue to positively impact lives and shape the future of business.”

– Kathy Farrell, Ph.D.
James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean, College of Business


Student Support

Making college accessible to more students by addressing unmet student financial needs, especially for incoming freshmen, is a significant priority for the college. Need-based and merit-based scholarships as well as graduate fellowships are key to recruiting and retaining top students and providing a well-trained and nimble workforce.

Center for Entrepreneurship

For the college to drive economic growth and innovation, the Center for Entrepreneurship needs significant investment to expand its impact through curriculum and support of new business formation.

Teaching and Learning Center

Students benefit from studying with trained tutors who help them succeed in core disciplines like accounting, finance, supply chain management and economics while the center’s seminars on innovative, effective teaching are valuable to faculty. This dual function focusing on the teaching mission makes support for the Teaching and Learning Center a strategic way to have significant, lasting impact at the college.

Faculty Support

Endowed chairs and professorships are critical incentives in recruiting and retaining top-quality faculty and in rewarding leadership and hard work at the college. Donors also can support research and professional development to ensure faculty have the resources to build their expertise and teaching skills for the benefit of our students, businesses and state.

Peer-to-peer Programming

The college provides unique peer-to-peer programs that prepare future business leaders through experiential learning. These programs include CliftonStrengths coaching, team engagement consulting, academic tutoring, career coaching and mentoring. Private support makes these programs possible and prepares our graduates to thrive in the workforce.

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It takes a lot to build a future, so let’s start the conversation now.