Doane University

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Doane University
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TypePrivate, non-profit
Religious affiliation
United Church of Christ
Endowment$108.4 million (2016)[1]
PresidentJacque Carter
Students1,069 undergraduates on the Crete campus [2] and more than 1,500 undergraduates and graduate students at other sites [3]
Location, ,
ColorsOrange and Black[4]
Sporting affiliations

Doane University is a private liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. It has additional campuses in Lincoln, Grand Island and Omaha.


The history of Doane University dates from 1857, when the General Association of Congregational Churches, in its first annual meeting in Fremont, Nebraska, resolved to lay the foundations of a literary institution of a high order in the state. Fourteen years later, and after several unsuccessful attempts to establish Congregational schools across the state, an academy was founded in Crete on May 22, 1871. The efforts of Frederick Francis Alley, the local Congregational pastor, and Thomas Doane, chief civil engineer for the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, were instrumental in advancing the idea of the Academy.[5]

On July 11, 1872, Doane College preempted the old Crete Academy. On May 9, 2016, the institution was renamed to Doane University. Doane is the first liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska.

The university has had 67 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946.[6]


The enrollment consists of over 1,000 undergraduate students on the Crete campus, as well as 750 adult learners and 1,200 graduate students who attend the Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island campuses.


Doane offers more than 40 undergraduate majors; several pre-professional programs; three graduate programs, and a Doctorate in Education.


Doane University athletic teams, nicknamed the Tigers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Co-ed sports include cheerleading and shotgun sports.

The first college football coach at Doane was F.P. Reed, who led the team to a 1–1 record. Other coaches in its football history include Al Papik, Tommie Frazier and current head coach Matt Franzen.

Doane's football team has participated in three bowl games, winning two and tying one. The first was the 1950 Bean Bowl where they defeated Colorado State College by a score of 14–6. Doane then had back-to-back appearances in the Mineral Water Bowl in 1967 and 1968.[7] They have qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs five times, most recently in 2015, and were semifinalist in 1972 and 1997.

Notable alumni[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Cassel Open Air Theatre
  • Doane University Historic Buildings, including Gaylord Hall, Boswell Observatory and Whitcomb Conservatory/Lee Memorial Chapel.
  • Doane University Osterhout Arboretum
  • Frees Hall
  • Sheldon Hall
  • Hansen Hall
  • Smith Hall
  • Fiske Lodge
  • Dean Memorial Pergola
  • Cassel Open Air Theatre, an outdoor theatre designed in 1936 and was named for Doane graduate and former treasurer of the institution, Albert Thomas Cassel. It serves as a location for classes, graduation ceremonies, and on some occasions, weddings.
  • Brandt Memorial Bridge
  • Porter Memorial Bridge
  • Butler Gymnasium


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Market Value of Endow" (PDF). NACUBO. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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  4. ^ Doane University Visual Identity System. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Welcome - History Nebraska".
  6. ^ "Fulbrights Doane College". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ DeLassus, David. "Doane Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.

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