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Online Colleges in
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Online Schools in Nebraska

Hybrid and Online Degree Programs: Helping Make Education Accessible

Students interested in higher education in Nebraska may find a number of colleges and universities to choose from. Public universities and colleges account for a dozen-plus higher education choices, according to Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (ccpe.state.ne.us). As well, there are a significant number of private postsecondary career schools located within the state that are licensed by the Nebraska Department of Education (education.ne.gov) and from which students can choose.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private for-profit59142
Public810148
Private nonprofit18121014

Because many of the state's largest postsecondary institutions are located in urban areas, such as Lincoln and Omaha, access to education might be more difficult for those living in rural areas, such as along the South Dakota border (which is, in fact, to the North!). There are other options, however, that students in these rural areas can seek. Some of them may want to turn to online colleges in Nebraska for distance learning options, but these programs aren't just for them. They are also open to anyone looking to head online in pursuit of their postsecondary objectives. In 2013, these online degrees in Nebraska could be found at all degree levels and in a variety of formats, helping students to feel like they are gaining control in how they progress on their education.

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Omaha440,03439,2888.93 percent 34.1 percent
Lincoln269,72637,36813.85 percent 36.7 percent
Kearney32,2175,84218.13 percent 35.8 percent
Bellevue54,0674,4668.26 percent 28.1 percent
Hastings24,9732,98811.96 percent 22.9 percent
Wayne5,5532,18539.35 percent 49.6 percent
Grand Island50,5822,1634.28 percent 17.4 percent

Online Schools in Nebraska May Help Meet Occupational Demand

Online colleges in Nebraska may help prepare students for employment in growing occupations within the state. Consider the employment field for pharmacists. Within the state, job opportunities for these workers are predicted to increase by 15.1 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Nebraska Department of Labor (neworks.nebraska.gov, 2010). Interested students may want to look to related programs.

One such program, from Creighton University (creighton.edu), offers a full-time, online doctor of pharmacy. Its coursework includes patient data collection, medication therapy assessment, patient counseling and outcome evaluation. Launched in 2001, the program encourages students to build connections with faculty through conferencing software and discussion boards. The program does requires laboratory coursework, which needs to be completed on campus but can be done during two- to four-week sessions during the summer.

Like the idea of helping to improve an organization's efficiency? A job as a management analyst could be a possibility. The Nebraska Department of Labor (neworks.nebraska.gov, 2010), notes that job growth for these workers could expand by 12.7 percent in the state between 2010 and 2020, potentially adding nearly 400 statewide positions during that time.

The online master of public administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (unomaha.edu) could help students to receive training in the field as well as seek a concentration in aviation administration, local government, nonprofit, public management or public works administration. To be eligible for the program, which has been offered online since 2000, students must live more than 50 miles away from Omaha or Lincoln. They may also be required to attend a one-day orientation that is offered on campus.

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit1 - 11
Public2 - 12

Distance Learning Benefits Working Professionals

Nebraska online schools may attract non-traditional students by offering programs specifically for working professionals. One example is the accelerated online master of engineering in engineering management program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (unl.edu). Students can combine online instruction with workplace challenges to help them develop administration and management skills. The program may also help students to build their knowledge about organizational structure and development, risk and project management, evaluation procedures and business theories.

The program consists of four 10-week modules per year, which may be helpful to any type of engineer interested in exploring the management field. Job opportunities for architectural and engineering managers in Nebraska are predicted to grow by 12.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Nebraska Department of Labor (neworks.nebraska.gov, 2010).

Another program that may be of interest to working professionals is the online master of science in computer information systems offered through Bellevue University (bellevue.edu). Geared toward computer professionals who might be interested in professional development, the program offers instruction in analysis and design, database management, networking, programming, project management, telecommunications and web development. Computer information management opportunities are expected to grow in the state by 14.4 percent between 2020 and 2020, according to the the Nebraska Department of Labor (neworks.nebraska.gov, 2010).

Industries for Job Growth in Nebraska

Nearly 1 million working professionals were employed in Nebraska as of December 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012). Trade, transportation and utilities was the state's leading employment industry in 2012, accounting for more than 195,000 jobs. Government positions made up approximately 169,000 positions in Nebraska, becoming the state's second-highest employment industry. Education and health services came in third, helping to employ some 141,700 people in Nebraska.

Job opportunities for people interested in teaching, within the state's third-largest industry, are predicted to grow above 10 percent in a variety of fields from 2010 to 2020, reports the Nebraska Department of Labor (neworks.nebraska.gov, 2010). This growth is projected in occupations for elementary school teachers, college computer science teachers, middle school career and technical teachers, and many others. Online colleges in Nebraska could help by offering students training in growing fields or by simply allowing them to work on their education at a pace that may be suitable to them.

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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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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