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Nebraska (NE): Overview of Nebraska's Colleges and Universities

Nebraska is home to about 35 not-for-profit colleges and universities. See the largest and most affordable schools in Nebraska to determine which one might be right for you.

The state of Nebraska has many different colleges and universities to choose from. There are state university campuses in multiple cities, along with very affordable community colleges for both in-state and out-of-state students. Information on each school from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) has been presented in order to provide an easy guide for prospective students.

Nebraska Schools Near Large Cities

Nebraska offers potential students the opportunity to engage in their collegiate students within the realm of the state's largest cities: Omaha and Lincoln. The following schools are private schools, in addition to 2-year and 4-year public schools.

  • Bryan College of Health Sciences (Lincoln)
  • Clarkson College (Omaha)
  • Metropolitan Community College Area (Omaha)
  • Southeast Community College Area (Lincoln)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln)

Largest Schools in Nebraska

There is somewhat of a diversity, with regard to population numbers, at the largest schools in Nebraska. The following schools were the largest, as of the fall of 2014. Two- and -four year public schools were the majority.

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (25,006 students)
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (15,227 students)
  • Metropolitan Community College Area (14,675 students)
  • Bellevue University (9,879 students)
  • Southeast Community College Area (9,392 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The traditional Nebraska schools with the lowest net prices, listed below, were determined using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2014-2015 academic year for full-time undergraduate students.

  • Mid-Plains Community College ($6,250)
  • Western Nebraska Community College ($6,355)
  • Metropolitan Community College Area ($6,586)
  • Northeast Community College ($7,252)
  • Central Community College ($7,803)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the percent of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time students, the following traditional Nebraska schools had the highest graduation rates in 2015.

  • Creighton University (79% graduation rate)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (67% graduation rate)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (62% graduation rate)
  • Concordia University-Nebraska (59% graduation rate)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (56% graduation rate)

Consider these categories that provide information based on various statistics on schools in Nebraska, with regard to affordability, student enrollment, graduation rates, and location.

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