Top 2020 Nebraska Colleges

Nebraska's 42 Colleges and Universities

Colleges in Nebraska are around the Omaha and Lincoln metropolitan areas. They range from state universities such as University of Nebraska - Lincoln to two year private-for-profit schools. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Cornhusker state:

  • Nebraska is home to 23 four year colleges. All four year colleges offer masters or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate studies.
  • There are 19 two year or less colleges. About 42% are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years Nebraska colleges have seen a small 2.5% drop in students. In 2017, 135,864 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 27,376 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. 52% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.

Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from Creighton University earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum earns $108,400. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Nebraska is $46,710. You do the math!

Nebraska Tuition Programs

Nebraska offers a few tuition savings programs. The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) allows out-of-state students to pursue degrees with in-state tuition. It enrolled 881 out-of-state students in 2016-2017. In fact, the total amount of tuition saved was over $6.1 million.

As a result, public colleges agree to charge no more than 150% of in-state school tuition. Private colleges also offer a 10% reduction on tuition. In 2018, the MSEP program saved over $90 million in tuition. Several other states such as South Dakota and Kansas take part in this program.

In addition, the Collegebound Nebraska provides free tuition to a qualified student. This program is by the University of Nebraska. Full time students must be a Nebraska resident, Pell Grant recipient, and have at least 2.5 GPA. Also, students must complete the FAFSA to apply.

According to the NCES in 2017-2018, the average tuition and fees in a four year public university are $8,188. In comparison, private four year college's tuition and fees are $23,659. Overall, check out these tuition programs to save for college!

Top Colleges in Nebraska

Nebraska colleges were ranked by total student population.

#1
25,820
Total Number of Students
$9,242/$25,038
Tuition & Fees
64%
Acceptance Rate
#2
15,431
Total Number of Students
$7,790/$20,764
Tuition & Fees
87%
Acceptance Rate
#3
14,913
Total Number of Students
$2,880
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#4
9,621
Total Number of Students
$2,880
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#5
9,240
Total Number of Students
$3,128/$3,758
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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