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Discover the best college programs in Nebraska! Our free database of college statistics helps you compare Nebraska’s community colleges, four-year colleges and universities.

Find the Best Colleges in Nebraska

Nebraska’s system of higher education features 44 colleges and universities. The selection includes 15 public institutions, 19 not-for-profit private schools and 10 for-profit institutions. Many offer online degree programs. You can sort through the options with our free college search tool.
Where are Nebraska’s schools located? The University of Nebraska System has three main campuses in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha plus a number of annexes. The Nebraska State College System has three main campuses as well. These are located in Chadron, Peru and Wayne. As for private colleges in Nebraska, four are located in Omaha and most others are also located in the eastern half of the state.

Compare Nebraska Colleges and Universities

CollegeStats makes it easy to compare Nebraska college tuitions, acceptance rates and other school data. Here’s an overview to help with your college search.

  • Nebraska public colleges and universities are affordable. Nebraska has some of the lowest tuitions and total costs among public schools in the US. Besides that, the majority of Nebraska college students don’t pay the full advertised tuition. At the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, for example, 87% of students received financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year. In 67% of cases the financial aid was in the form of grants (no repayment required).
  • Online learning is popular. In 2015 nearly 17% of Nebraska college students took 100% of their courses online. This is above average compared with college students in other states.
  • Nebraska makes state-to-state deals. Maybe your dream college is across state lines. While out-of-state schools generally cost a more to attend, residents of Nebraska can get tuition discounts at public community colleges, four-year colleges and universities in other midwestern states through the Midwestern Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The nine MSEP member states are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Take a look at our list of top colleges in Nebraska below.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

Alegent Creighton Health School of Radiologic Technology

Omaha

NE

N/A

2 year

N/A

Distance Learning

No

2

Bellevue University

Bellevue

NE

N/A

4 year

48.28%

Distance Learning

Yes

3

Bryan College of Health Sciences

Lincoln

NE

N/A

4 year

82.86%

Distance Learning

Yes

4

Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics

Omaha

NE

N/A

2 year

75.29%

Distance Learning

No

5

Central Community College

Grand Island

NE

$7,041

2 year

64.93%

Distance Learning

Yes

6

Chadron State College

Chadron

NE

$11,344

4 year

65.07%

Distance Learning

Yes

7

Clarkson College

Omaha

NE

N/A

4 year

65.63%

Distance Learning

Yes

8

College of Hair Design-Downtown

Lincoln

NE

N/A

2 year

75%

Distance Learning

No

9

College of Hair Design-East Campus

Lincoln

NE

N/A

2 year

91.67%

Distance Learning

No

10

College of Saint Mary

Omaha

NE

N/A

4 year

78.65%

Distance Learning

Yes

11

Concordia University-Nebraska

Seward

NE

N/A

4 year

79.72%

Distance Learning

Yes

12

Creighton University

Omaha

NE

N/A

4 year

91.37%

Distance Learning

Yes

13

Doane College-Crete

Crete

NE

N/A

4 year

72.13%

Distance Learning

No

14

Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master

Lincoln

NE

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

No

15

Fullen School of Hair Design

Scottsbluff

NE

N/A

2 year

78.57%

Distance Learning

No

16

Grace University

Omaha

NE

N/A

4 year

68.75%

Distance Learning

Yes

17

Hastings College

Hastings

NE

N/A

4 year

74.49%

Distance Learning

No

18

ITT Technical Institute-Omaha

Omaha

NE

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

No

19

Joseph's College Cosmetology

Lincoln

NE

N/A

2 year

71.74%

Distance Learning

No

20

Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus

Lincoln

NE

N/A

4 year

33.33%

Distance Learning

Yes

21

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus

Omaha

NE

N/A

4 year

0%

Distance Learning

Yes

22

La'James International College

Fremont

NE

N/A

2 year

83.33%

Distance Learning

No

23

Little Priest Tribal College

Winnebago

NE

N/A

2 year

38.89%

Distance Learning

Yes

24

Metropolitan Community College Area

Omaha

NE

$6,333

2 year

47.26%

Distance Learning

Yes

25

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte

NE

$6,317

2 year

59.3%

Distance Learning

Yes


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Fun Nebraska Facts & More Education Stats

Learn more about Nebraska education and Nebraska in general with these stats and other facts.

  • The name “Nebraska” is derived from the Omaha “Ni Bthaska,” which means “flat water” and refers to the Platte River.
  • European explorers mistakenly referred to Nebraska as “the great American desert.” Today the land is abundant with corn, soybeans, wheat and other cash crops. Nebraska also has more miles of river than any other state in the continental US.
  • College graduation rates in Nebraska are competitive. In 2010 the graduation rate from Nebraska’s two-year public colleges was about 10% higher than the national average. The graduation rate from four-year public colleges was almost identical to the national average.
  • Nebraska has relatively low in-state tuitions and fees for its public and private four-year colleges. For the 2012-2013 academic year the national average for public colleges was about $8000 but was about $7000 in Nebraska. At private schools nationwide the average price was about $24,500 but was just under $19,500 in Nebraska.
  • Approximately 150,000 students are enrolled in all of Nebraska’s public and private colleges combined.
  • The geographical center of the United States is Kearney, Nebraska. It is 1,733 miles from San Francisco and 1,733 miles from Boston.

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