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Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed May 26, 2017: Online Learning, Chadron State College, https://www.csc.edu/online/; Online Learning, University of Nebraska Omaha, https://www.unomaha.edu/academics/online-learning.php#under; About, Wayne State College, https://www.wsc.edu/about; About, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://www.unl.edu/about/; Explore Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://explorecenter.unl.edu/; Degrees & Programs, Bellevue University, http://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/?bach=1&online=1; About, Peru State College, http://www.peru.edu/about; About UNK, University of Nebraska Kearney, http://www.unk.edu/about/index.php; Who We Are, Grace University, https://www.graceuniversity.edu/about/who-we-are/; About NMC, Nebraska Methodist College, http://www.methodistcollege.edu/about; About, Clarkson College, http://clarksoncollege.edu/about/;
  • Campuses, University of Nebraska System, accessed May 26, 2017, https://nebraska.edu/campuses.html?redirect=true
  • Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, accessed May 16, 2017: Nebraska Opportunity Grant, https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/nebraska-opportunity-grant-nog;
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Nebraska is home to two public university systems: the University of Nebraska System and the Nebraska State College System. The University of Nebraska system consists of three general education university campuses, a multi-site health sciences academy and a college of technical agriculture. The Nebraska State College system comprises three regional four-year schools.

If you've already taken some college credit at Nebraska community colleges or elsewhere, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents provides a utility to help you plan your transfer. Whether you intend to transfer to a state system school or an independent institution, articulation agreements exist to help you transfer credits from a two-year to a four-year institution.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Nebraska

We wanted to provide prospective students with a simple guide to the best traditional and online colleges in Nebraska. We gathered data from U.S. Department of Education sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and analyzed it with a 13-point system designed to give you an idea of how the state's universities match up with each other.

Methodology
1Chadron State College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
18

Chadron State College took the No. 1 spot in our rankings in convincing fashion, placing among the top three schools in the state on multiple metrics. The northwestern Nebraska school ranked No. 2 for both the affordability of its tuition and fees and the average net price of its estimated yearly expenses minus the expected amount of institutional grant aid per student.

Access and flexibility also stood out at CSC. Students had access to eight out of the ten on-campus flexibility initiatives we looked for in our analysis, including options for life experience credit and entire degree programs that could be completed via weekend and evening classes. It was also one of the top online colleges for Nebraska students, reporting at least some distance education enrollment in more than 72 percent of its student body.

Additional Info
2University of Nebraska - Omaha+
ADMISSION RATE
76%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$45
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
21

The public urban university in the University of Nebraska system featured the state's second-largest catalog of undergraduate degrees available on campus, and that academic variety stretches equally into the online realm. Students seeking an online bachelor's degree in Nebraska can choose from four traditional subjects as well as a Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degree with 13 available concentrations.

UNO also featured top-tier affordability among Nebraska schools, posting the state's No. 5 most affordable raw cost of tuition and fees and supplying students with a proportion of institutional grant aid that was outdone by only two other schools on our list. Average net price figures for middle- and low-income students ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the state, respectively.

Additional Info
3Wayne State College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
6

This medium-small public university in Wayne featured the state's No. 1 most affordable tuition and fees expense in 2015-16 and placed at No. 4 and No. 3, respectively, for the average net price it charged middle- and low-income students. It also took the No. 3 spot among schools on our list for the selection of bachelor's degree programs available on campus.

Wayne State College students were reportedly among the best in the state when it came to managing student loan debt during enrollment and after graduation. The median amount of college debt accrued by alumni of Wayne State was lower than those at all but four other schools in the state, and the percentage of graduates able to repay their loan balance within three years of leaving school ranked No. 4 among schools in our top ten.

Additional Info
4University of Nebraska - Lincoln+
ADMISSION RATE
76%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$45
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

Founded nearly 150 years ago in 1869, the Lincoln campus of the University of Nebraska is the system's flagship school. The 266 degree programs available to campus-based students were enough for the No. 1 spot on our academic variety metric, and no other school on our list provided students with a greater proportion of their tuition as institutional grant aid.

Traditional measures of student success were other bright spots for UNL. The Lincoln school's graduation rate ranked No. 3 among our top ten schools, and its rate of retention of first-year students also placed third among the schools that made our list. The campus also features a specialized advising hub called the Explore Center to help undecided students better understand the range of options for their major.

Additional Info
5Bellevue University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
53

Our No. 5 school took home a few top spots in the category rankings, perhaps most notably in out-of-pocket affordability. Bellevue University claimed the No. 1 ranking in the state for average net price for both middle- and low-income students. It also reported the lowest median student debt in the state for its graduates, averaging just over $17,000 in 2015.

Bellevue was also one of the top destinations for students seeking an online bachelor's degree in Nebraska. The size of its catalog of undergraduate distance education programs took the top spot in the state by a wide margin — more than double the second-place school in that category — and a distance education enrollment of more than 87 percent landed it at No. 2 in the state.

Additional Info
6Peru State College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

Access and affordability produced top marks for this medium-sized regional school on the Missouri River in the southeast section of the state. Only two other schools in the state charged a lower average amount of tuition and fees than Peru State College, and its average net price ranking came in at No. 5 statewide for both low- and middle-income students.

Peru State provides eight out of ten on-campus flexibility measures, tying three other schools on our list for the top spot on that metric. Weekend and evening degree programs are available at the Peru school, as well as remedial services for students who have taken several years off before returning to school to complete their undergraduate education and may need to be refreshed on some of the college basics.

Additional Info
7University of Nebraska at Kearney+
ADMISSION RATE
85%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$45
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
14

The smallest general-purpose campus in the University of Nebraska system lies in Kearney, just north of the Platte River. Tuition and fees expenses here ranked No. 4 in the state for affordability, and only three other schools on our list offered a higher proportion of institutional grant aid. UNK also reported that more than 85 percent of graduates were able to repay their student loans within three years, enough to land it the No. 3 ranking on that metric.

The academic catalog at UNK was sizeable, particularly compared to its student body of fewer than 7,000 people. Only three other schools in our top ten offered a wider selection of on-campus degree programs.

Additional Info
8Grace University+
ADMISSION RATE
59%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Grace University, a Christian faith-based school, had the lowest total enrollment of any school on our list. Fewer than 500 students attended the Omaha institution in 2015, but those who do tend to stick around. Grace University took home the No. 1 ranking in the state for its percentage of first-year students who returned to continue their degree programs as sophomores.

Students at Grace also paid the state's second-lowest total estimated cost of books and supplies in 2015-16, and the student loan balances of recent graduates were reportedly among the most manageable in the state. A median student debt of $17,625 was reported for Grace University graduates in 2015, low enough for the No. 2 spot in the state in that category.

Additional Info
9Nebraska Methodist College+
ADMISSION RATE
34%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
20

Health professions are among the fastest-growing ones in our current career market. Nebraska Methodist College, an affiliate of the Methodist Health System, focuses its efforts on preparing students to enter the growing health care field with four distinct Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree tracks and undergraduate degrees in healthcare management, respiratory care, imaging sciences and diagnostic medical sonography.

The graduation and retention rates at NMC ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, and the roughly 54 percent of students enrolled in distance education courses nabbed it a No. 5 ranking in that category as well. Graduates eliminated their student debt within three years at the highest rate of any Nebraska school.

Additional Info
10Clarkson College+
ADMISSION RATE
52%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

Clarkson College began as a school of nursing in 1888 — the first one in the state of Nebraska — but has grown to include training for a broad range of health careers. This small Omaha institution landed the No. 10 spot overall thanks to the considerable size of its online degree portfolio, which earned it the statewide No. 6 ranking in that category. It also reported a whopping 91 percent of its student body enrolled in at least one distance education course in 2015, the highest percentage in the state.

The graduation rate at Clarkson was also impressive, taking the No. 2 spot among schools in our top ten. Only two other schools on our list boasted a higher percentage of graduates paying down their student debt in three years or less.

Additional Info

Most popular degree programs in Nebraska

Nebraska residents enroll in certain college majors more than others, and knowing which are the most popular may help you better understand the students around you. Here's a quick rundown of the most popular degree programs in Nebraska, according to the most recent NCES data.

In-Demand Careers in Nebraska

The Nebraska job market is shifting with the times and knowing which professions have the highest demand for educated applicants can help you better prepare for the workforce while you're still in school. Take a look at today's high-growth careers in Nebraska.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Internists, General1205.6%$198,080
Pediatricians, General2305.5%$192,180
Nurse Anesthetists27013.7%$181,130
Dentists, General62010.5%$139,280
Architectural and Engineering Managers60010.9%$119,740
Pharmacists2,3605.9%$114,650
Financial Managers2,59010.7%$113,870
Computer and Information Systems Managers1,91019.7%$112,730
Optometrists35020.5%$105,240
Compensation and Benefits Managers1809.4%$102,960

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Nebraska

State-based financial aid programs can help shoulder some of the cost burden for Nebraska students. The Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) is a state-funded program awarded at the institution level that bases its aid amount on a student's expected family contribution (EFC) In addition, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program helps qualifying low-income high school students pay tuition and fees for dual- or early-enrollment college courses.

 
Emily Swenson Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be a graduating senior from Bertrand High School District #54 who will enroll full-time at a post-secondary institution leading to a two- or four-year degree.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 15

 

 

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
7th GotScholarship $20K Give Away
Applicant must be a current or future college student/graduate with outstanding loans in any area of study. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and register with GotChosen.com in ordered to be entered into the random drawing. Selection not based upon GPA, essay, or financial need. Award required to be used for educational expenses.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 28

 

 

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

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Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Clarkson College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
101 S 42nd St
City
Omaha
State
NE
Zip Code
68131
Website
www.clarksoncollege.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
726
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
52%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$12,168
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
14
Number of Online Programs Offered
17
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
91%
Chadron State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1000 Main St
City
Chadron
State
NE
Zip Code
69337
Website
www.csc.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,362
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,204
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
27
Number of Online Programs Offered
18
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
72%
Grace University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1311 S 9th St
City
Omaha
State
NE
Zip Code
68108
Website
https://www.graceuniversity.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
393-590
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
373-585
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
390
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
59%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$20,548
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
24%
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
905 W 25th St
City
Kearney
State
NE
Zip Code
68849
Website
www.unk.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
440-540
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,108
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$45
Admission Rate
85%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,724
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
15
Number of Online Programs Offered
14
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
50%
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
720 North 87th Street
City
Omaha
State
NE
Zip Code
68114
Website
www.methodistcollege.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
774
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
34%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$13,418
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
14
Number of Online Programs Offered
20
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
54%
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
6001 Dodge St
City
Omaha
State
NE
Zip Code
68182
Website
www.unomaha.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
453-618
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
453-610
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-585
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
12,488
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$45
Admission Rate
76%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,898
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
21
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
49%
Peru State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
600 Hoyt Street
City
Peru
State
NE
Zip Code
68421
Website
www.peru.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,169
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,397
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
42
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
58%
Wayne State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1111 Main St
City
Wayne
State
NE
Zip Code
68787
Website
https://www.wsc.edu/
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,913
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,042
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
Bellevue University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1000 Galvin Rd S
City
Bellevue
State
NE
Zip Code
68005
Website
www.bellevue.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,173
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,050
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
68
Number of Online Programs Offered
53
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
87%
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
14th and R St
City
Lincoln
State
NE
Zip Code
68588
Website
www.unl.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
500-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-660
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
20,182
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$45
Admission Rate
76%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,279
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
17
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
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