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Doane University

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About Doane University

Doane University is known for its leadership in higher education, grounded in the university's commitment to academic excellence, innovation, community and a special sense of place for each individual. These are the values that have made Doane successful for more than 140 years and will help build an even stronger university for the future. Through this commitment to leadership, inquiry, values and engagement, Doane creates the ideal setting for experiences and connections with lifelong value. Our innovative approach to education integrates learning in the classroom with our students' work and life experiences. Doane puts an emphasis on:

  • Producing leaders who have received a broad, liberal arts education linked closely to career and professional preparation.
  • Providing graduates with appropriate academic programs and skills to prepare them for satisfying and profitable careers.
  • Offering the distinctive Zenon C.R. Hansen Leadership Program, which promotes self-confidence and readies students for a future of independent thought and upward growth.
  • Building an international and multicultural campus to enhance educational opportunities.
  • Extending its education to strategic locations in Nebraska's metro regions and taking learning off-campus through internships, work and a variety of public events.
  • Using an innovative approach to both traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate education, making the university a leader in higher education in the Midwest.

Campus information

Doane’s 300-acre  campus in Crete, a designated arboretum and the first of its kind among Nebraska colleges, is renowned for its beauty and has three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also a safe, close-knit and unforgettable place to develop in.

Doane's main campus in Crete, Nebraska (population 6,000) is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Lincoln and 75 miles southwest of Omaha.

Regionally, the college is located approximately:

  • 200 miles (3.5 hours) from Kansas City, MO
  • 200 miles (3.5 hours) from Des Moines, IA
  • 480 miles (7 hours) from Denver, CO
  • 450 miles (7 hours) from St. Louis, MO
  • 500 miles (8.5 hours) from Chicago, IL


Although it varies year to year, approximately two thirds of our student body live in the residence halls.

  • Doane University has six residence halls with a combined capacity of 832 residents.  Smith Hall, Sheldon Hall, and Frees Hall are traditional style.  Hansen Leadership Hall and Burrage & Colonial Halls (the "Quads") are suite style.
  • Our traditional halls are co-ed by room.
  • Hansen and the Quads are restricted to upperclassmen, with the exception of Directions students in Hansen.
  • Colonial is home to our Themed Communities, a student-led housing option for upperclass residents who plan to live and learn together from shared experience.  Themed Communities may be co-ed, but must register to do so.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Education and Teaching 1 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1


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