Highlights from the Dean

Highlights from the Dean

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The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is dedicated to providing an experiential education that propels the college to the forefront of cultivating the next generation of change-makers poised to tackle global challenges at the nexus of food, energy, water, health and society. Through experiential, interdisciplinary and highly flexible learning opportunities, CASNR is preparing a generation of students posed to define the future of work.

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CASNR by the Numbers

  • 26 BS, 15 MS, and 12 PhD degree programs, as well as a DVM in partnership with Iowa State University.
  • Over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled in degree programs offered by CASNR academic units.
  • CASNR students are from 88 of Nebraska’s 93 counties, as well as 45 states and over 60 countries.
  • Fall 2023 saw the second-largest incoming class in college history, with 640 first-time freshman and transfer students.
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CASNR’s Commitment to Student Success

  • Over the past four years, CASNR has set new records for the number of degrees awarded.
  • CASNR’s 4-year graduation rate has increased 13 percentage points since 2017.
  • CASNR’s 6-year graduation rate is the highest its ever been, and is the highest across UNL.
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CASNR’s Statewide Partnerships

  • 80% of schools in Nebraska have ag education programs.
  • More than 13,000 students participated in Nebraska FFA in 2023.
  • In 2023, 136 school districts participated in CASNR’s Food, Energy, Water and Societal Systems (FEWS2) programming.
  • 1,800 students are engaged in the LPS-CASNR Early STEM program at Lincoln Northeast High School.
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Meeting Nebraska’s Workforce Needs

  • CASNR offers a record number of new credentials and updates to align with workforce needs in Agricultural Systems Technology, Data Science, Digital Ag and Plant Pathology.
  • The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, launched a decade ago, gives students the tools and preparation they need to launch their own businesses.
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Always an opportunity to grow

We take your development beyond the classroom with opportunities to get involved in the community via internships, research, service, speakers, and more.

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Own your experience

We provide an education that allows you to craft your experience to fit your passions.

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Connections to co-create your path

CASNR is full of passionate faculty, staff and alumni with valuable real-world experiences that are eager to assist you in research, mentorship and networking.

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A supportive community for you to learn + thrive in

We expose you to new places, people and ideas all while providing individualized support along the way.

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A place for you to flourish

CASNR is a vibrant community - complete with labs, dining options, a recreation center and specialized facilities for your studies.

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Inspiring you to make an impact on the world

CASNR will develop you into a professional that's prepared to make a mark on the world.

We are Nebraska.

We believe in the power of every person. We don't rest on our strengths—we stretch them. Sweat them. Combine them. Growing flexible, nimble and strong minds. That's how we do big things.