University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Find information about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln including tuition costs, degree programs available, and admission and financial aid information.

About the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is a public research university founded in 1869. As part of the legislation that created the university, UNL was also established as what is known as a land-grant university. This continues to shape its educational and economic involvement with the surrounding community of Lincoln and the entire state of Nebraska. For example, there are UNL outreach programs in each county in Nebraska.

The university now sits on 624 acres of land and has two campuses - the East Campus and the City Campus, which borders downtown Lincoln. According to the U.S. News & World Report 2012 edition of Best Colleges, UNL is ranked 101st among national universities.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers prospective students more than 150 majors through 9 colleges. In addition UNL, offers approximately 100 graduate degree programs and several associate's degree programs.

UNL is part of the University of Nebraska system. This system also includes the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. As part of this system, UNL offers non-campus based courses through its online and distance education program. This includes one undergraduate degree program, three undergraduate certificates and approximately 35 graduate programs.

There are a total of 1,599 faculty members at UNL. Just less than a fourth of these faculty members teach at the College of Arts and Sciences. Almost every undergraduate will take a course in the College of Arts and Sciences, and more than 48% of the total credit hours taught at this university are taught in this school.


Prospective undergraduate students need to submit a $45 application fee, a high school transcript showing completion of UNL's required high school courses and qualifying ACT (composite score of 20 or higher) or SAT scores (total score of 950 or higher). Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements have options to improve their eligibility by completing courses through UNL's Office of Extended Education and Outreach or UNL approved community colleges. Additional financial considerations for prospective undergrads include a $400 housing deposit and the required $250 enrollment deposit, both due after an applicant is accepted for admission.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Based on degree level and state residency, the cost of attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln varies. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the estimated cost for a Nebraska resident undergraduate taking 15 credit hours per semester with tuition, fees, room and board and a 7-day meal plan is $17,106. The estimated cost for non-residents in the same scenario is $29,856.

There are several options that qualify applicants for Nebraska state residency. One of these is membership in one of twenty-four Native American tribes historically connected to the state. Also, UNL participates in the Midwestern Student Exchange Program allowing students from the states of Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan and Kansas to pay 150% of resident tuition.

UNL has financial aid programs available, including grants, work-study programs, loans and scholarships. In addition, the university offers an institutional financial aid program called Collegebound Nebraska that is available to qualifying students, and several university specific scholarship programs are available.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters***
School Setting Large-size city**
Student Body 24,593 total enrollment, with 19,345 undergraduates**
Student Housing On-campus living options:
Apartments for married and single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
Freshman housing is guaranteed*
First-year freshmen are required to live on-campus.****
Schools and Programs Nine colleges offering approximately 250 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study 2010-2011 Academic year's top 3 most popular majors:
Business administration and management
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 4-year graduation rate: 32%**
Admission Rate 2011 Fall semester: 59%**
Entering Class Size 4,093***
First-Year Retention Rates 84%**
Required ACT composite and SAT total scores Must have ACT composite score of at least 20, SAT total score of at least 950*
'Application Due Date Regular application: May 1st
Priority application: January 15th***
'Decision Notification Date September 1st***
'Tuition and Fees 2011-2012 In-state tuition: $7,563
Out-of-state tuition: $19,848**
'Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011 Academic Year: Federal grants (24%), Pell grants (24%), other federal grants (22%), state and local grants or scholarships (%11), institutional grants or scholarships (%57), Federal student loans (%47), other student loans (%3)**
'Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 83%**

Sources: *University of Nebraska-Lincoln, **National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center ***The Princeton Review,****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1410 Q St., P.O. Box 880417, Lincoln, NE 68588-0417
  • Phone: 1-800-742-8800
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