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Doane College
Established 1872
Type Private, non-profit
President Jonathan M. Brand
Students 2,950
Location Crete, Nebraska, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Orange and Black
Nickname Tigers
Affiliations UCC, GPAC, NAIA

Doane College is a private liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska, United States, with additional campuses located in Lincoln and Grand Island.



Doane was originally charted as the Nebraska University in Fontanelle, Nebraska in 1855. It was moved from that town in 1872 by the Congregational Church, led by Thomas Doane, chief civil engineer of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad. Doane College is the oldest four-year private college in Nebraska.

The college has had 49 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946.


The enrollment consists of nearly 1,000 traditional undergraduate students, 750 adult learners, and 1,200 graduate students.


Doane offers 40 undergraduate majors, seven pre-professional programs and three graduate programs in counseling, management, and education.


Doane has a rich athletic history. The first college football coach at Doane was F.P. Reed, who led the team to a 1-1 record. Other coaches through Doane's football history include Tommie Frazier and current head coach Matt Franzen.


Robert Van Pelt - District Judge,United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1957 - 1988.


In 2008, Doane College was named to The Princeton Review's "Best Midwestern Colleges." The designation was given to 161 Midwest schools, including six from Nebraska. Doane College placed among the top 25 liberal arts colleges nationwide in the ‘least debt' rankings released in the Sept.17, 2007 issue of U.S.News & World Report. Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog recently called it a "hidden treasure." U.S.News & World Report has ranked Doane a "Great School at a Great Price" for five consecutive years as well as placed it among the top 25 of 572 Midwestern schools.

  • Doane was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2006. Doane also received a distinction for Hurricane Relief Services for its hurricane relief efforts following the Gulf hurricanes of 2005.

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Coordinates: 40°37′25″N 96°56′55″W / 40.623578°N 96.948724°W / 40.623578; -96.948724



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