The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), founded in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney, is the Kearney campus of the University of Nebraska system
University of Nebraska at Kearney has an eCampus which offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as a blended learning (online and face-to-face) Driver Education endorsement program. UNK is ranked 9th best Public Regional University in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report, and the eCampus is ranked 8th overall among online universities in the United States on Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings.
The university’s athletic teams are known as the Lopers. UNK participates in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA at the Division II level and is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) for most of its sports; women’s swimming and diving competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), The university joined the MIAA in 2012; prior to joining the conference, UNK was a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). In 2010, it applied to join the MIAA and was approved to join the conference starting in the 2012-13 academic year on July 30, 2010. UNK currently competes in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.