Nebraska University in Washington County was chartered by the first Nebraska territorial legislature in 1855 and was operated from 1856 to 1872. It was a church-related, coeducational institution that offered elementary and secondary school courses (with college courses projected). According to an 1868 advertisement for the school,
“NEBRASKA UNIVERSITY is located in the pleasant village of Fontenelle [later spelled “Fontanelle” by postal authorities], an elevated site commanding an extensive view of the Platte Valley. It is nine miles from Fremont, a station on the Union Pacific Railroad.
“The Academic Department is now open for Students. The College Department will receive attention as soon as a sufficient class can be prepared. TERMS, Of 13 Weeks each, begin on the 3d Tuesday of September, the 1st Tuesday of January, and the 1st Tuesday of April.
“TUITION In advance; per term: Common English, $6; Higher English, $8; Languages, $10. Instrumental Music extra. The German class will be taught by Rev. J. F. Kenlman. BOARD And washing $3.50 to $4.50 per week, obtained in private families.
“BRANCHES, Usually taught in Academies and High Schools may be pursued here. Permanent students will find our courses of study so arranged that they can receive thorough instruction in Vocal Music, Penmanship, Book Keeping, &c. Students of a term or two cannot always select the branches they wish. We regard two studies well mastered better than three or four half learned.
“Students should, if convenient, bring bedding, &c., for their own rooms; also such modern text books as they may have. They should be present every day of the term. Those who come here must not expect all the conveniences and luxuries of older regions; but in our young people’s prayer meetings, in the common schools calling for teachers, in the growing interests of this rich and healthy region, all will find abundant opportunity for exercising every developing power. Persons wishing other information should write definite questions, enclose a stamp and address C. G. Bisbee [principal], Fontenelle, Neb.”