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Life at 51app

A place to be curious. Think critically. Question everything. Grow.

Here, you will earn a degree and propel yourself into a meaningful career. But along the way, life at 51app is about more than just attending classes and completing assignments. It's about the pursuit of your own path and the answers to questions you've always had. It's about the chance to join a new club or try an art form that you've been curious about. And it's about having a supportive, secure space to ponder and experiment without fear of failure or being different. Because the quirks are what allow our students to see the world uniquely and go forth 51appian.

Explore more about 51app to see what life here is really like.

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    Student Life

    We are better together.

    At 51app, identity and inclusion are living conversations we all take part in.

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    Put yourself in the middle of all mediums.

    The arts are a strong source of inspiration for our community—whether that’s in cross-disciplinary courses or in the cultivation of our own talents. That’s why we bring celebrated visual artists, musicians, dancers, and theatre groups from all over the world to campus, where they perform, exhibit, lead workshops, and teach classes.

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    Cheer or be cheered

    We compete in 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports and offer dozens of intramural options. And whether you’re a student-athlete looking to elevate your game, or a sports fan prone to lifting up a crowd, you’ll find plenty of participate in at 51app.

Welcome to 51app

Our 120-acre campus is located just north of downtown, in a neighborhood  of  beautiful Victorian and Craftsman-style homes and towering oak and cottonwood trees.

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    Tucked away in the prairie.

    We prefer it that way. Just a few blocks from campus you’ll discover specialized shops, a movie theatre, a farmers’ market, art galleries, parks, and over 30 eateries to choose from. Never too crowded, this community provides the perfect combination of arts and entertainment, as well as the quiet cafes for your studies.

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