University of Nebraska at Omaha

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About the University of Nebraska at Omaha

The University of Nebraska at Omaha, often referred to as UNO, was initially established in 1908 as a private college and later became part of the state university system in 1968. UNO has 2 campuses located within a mile of each other: the Dodge Street campus and the Pacific Street campus, which houses the Peter Kiewit Institute and the College of Information Science and Technology.


UNO is home to 6 schools and currently offers 127 undergraduate degree programs. Master's, doctoral, and specialist degree programs are available as well, as are programs for adult students interested in distance learning and continuing education opportunities.

Some of the more popular fields of undergraduate study are offered by the colleges of education, business administration, and criminal justice and include majors in biology, accounting, journalism, elementary education, psychology, political science and the fine arts. The university also has numerous student organizations and clubs, including the Gateway Student Newspaper and MavRadio. An on-campus recreation center offering fitness and wellness programs is also available. Students can participate in field trips and workshops that include such activities as hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.


The admissions office at UNO must receive prospective students' application forms at least a month before the first day of the semester for which they are applying. Requirements include an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. Students who graduated from high school prior to 1997 don't need to include test scores unless the particular program they're applying to requires them. As of Fall 2011, 76% of undergraduate applicants were admitted to UNO; half eventually enrolled.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students are $6,510 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Out-of-state students can expect to pay about $10,000 more. Additional expenses vary depending on students' living situations. Those who opt to live on campus could spend $8,466 per year for housing and meals. Books, supplies and transportation could cost another $2,300.

UNO offers several scholarship opportunities to help students cover these costs, including academic scholarships and scholarships for children of alumni, retired Omaha police officers, and Vietnam War veterans. Loans, grants, and federal work-study aid are also available.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates, doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 11,964 undergraduate students and 2,748 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing 2 apartment complexes at the Dodge Street campus, 1 residence hall and 2 apartment complexes on the Pacific Street campus**
Schools and Programs 6 colleges; 127 undergraduate and 53 graduate degree programs, 19 post-baccalaureate certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Criminal Justice (143), Elementary Education (120), Finance (112)
Master's: Business Administration (134), Social Work (46)
Doctoral: Educational Leadership (15)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 43% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 76% in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 73% for full-time students, 53% for part-time students for 2010-2011*
Average ACT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 19-26 in English, 18-25 in math in Fall 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester**
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees are $6,510 for in-state residents and $16,520 for out-of-state residents (for 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (33%), state and local government grants or scholarships (10%), student loans (46%), school grants or scholarships (41%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% for 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Nebraska at Omaha.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Nebraska at Omaha Undergraduate Admissions Office, EAB 111, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182
  • Phone: (402) 554-2393
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