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UNO Chancellor looks to the growing school's future

UNO’s Chancellor says the university has a goal to grow to 20,000 students over the next six years.

During his State of the University address Wednesday, Chancellor John Christensen highlighted UNO’s physical growth and successful fundraising efforts. This academic year, the university has 15,227 students.

Christensen says over the next six years, he wants UNO to build more on-campus housing, grow research, and add an Excellence Center.

"That will provide early childhood education with the direct teaching and research involvement of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and our College of Education. This facility would also bring together UNO, our Metro Community College and Avenue Scholars Partners, and in all likelihood the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Horatio Alger scholarship program."

Christensen says UNO has accomplished its goal of being a premier metropolitan university.

Of the university’s more than 15,000 students, more than 2,000 are international students from 117 countries. 87 percent of UNO’s students are from Nebraska, according to Christensen.