is a private liberal arts college
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Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.-Geography:Crete is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all of it land....
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, United States, with additional campuses located in Lincoln
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and Grand Island
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The history of Doane College 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 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.
On July 11, 1872, Doane College preempted the old Crete Academy. Doane College is the first liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska.
The college has had 55 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946.
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 and Grand Island campuses.
Doane offers 40 undergraduate majors, seven pre-professional programs and three graduate programs in counseling
, and education
Doane has a rich athletic history. The first college football
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coach at Doane was F.P. Reed
F. P. Reed was the first head football coach for the Doane College Tigers located in Crete, Nebraska and he held that position for the 1892 season. His coaching record at Doane was 1 wins, 1 losses, and 0 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 32nd at Doane in total wins...
, who led the team to a 1-1 record. Other coaches through Doane's football history include Al Papik, Tommie Frazier
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, and current head coach Matt Franzen
Matt Franzen is an American football coach in the United States. He is the current head football coach at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, a position he has held since the 2007 season.-External links:*...
- Henry Pratt Fairchild
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- sociologist and educator
- Zenon C.R. Hansen
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- former chairman of the board at Doane College and CEO of Mack Trucks, Inc
- Weldon Kees
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- John Perry
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- philosopher and professor of philosophy at Stanford University
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- Robert Van Pelt
Robert Van Pelt was a Nebraska attorney and served as U.S. District Judge in the District of Nebraska from 1957 until his death at age 90....
- District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1957–88
- Douglas L. Wilson
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- two-time recipient of the Lincoln Prize
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and professor at Knox College
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. In 2009, Forbes
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rated it 66th of America's Best Colleges
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- 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.
Points of interest
- Doane College Historic Buildings
The Doane College Historic Buildings are located on the Doane College campus at 1014 Boswell Avenue in Crete, Nebraska. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, there are three buildings included: Gaylord Hall, Whitcomb Conservatory/Lee Memorial Chapel, and Boswell...
, including Gaylord Hall, Boswell Observatory and Whitcomb Conservatory/Lee Memorial Chapel.
- Doane College Osterhout Arboretum
The Doane College Osterhout Arboretum is an arboretum at Doane College, Nebraska, named in honour of M. David Osterhout.The Doane College Arboretum was officially rededicated as Osterhout Arboretum on May 9, 2002. The arboretum honors M...
- Frees Hall
- Smith Hall
- Fiske Lodge
- Dean Memorial Pergola
- Cassel Open Air Theatre
- Brandt Memorial Bridge
- Porter Memorial Bridge
- Butler Gymnasium