Why This Matters


    There are multiple colleges in Nebraska with a wide range of majors to choose from. According to College Navigator, there are seven public universities and 15 private nonprofit colleges.


    For the 2021-22 school year, the average cost of in-state tuition was $9,090 per year, according to College Board.


    Most college students receive state and federal aid to attend college. The average student financial aid package for the 2020-21 year was $14,800.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar schools in Nebraska. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a reputable organization that examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of education programs in the central United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for on-campus students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

The Top 50 Colleges in Nebraska

Best Colleges In Nebraska
Intelligent Pick
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Best Accelerated Program
Creighton University
Best for International Students
University of Nebraska Omaha
Best Christian Institution
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Best for Student Activities
Hastings College
Best Online Study Programs
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Best International Opportunities
Concordia University, Nebraska
Best Faith-Based Institution
Union College
Best Healthcare Institution
Clarkson College
Best College for Women
College of Saint Mary

York College

Doane University

Bellevue University


What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Nebraska

When deciding on a career path in Nebraska, it’s important to understand how employable you will be upon graduation. As of October 2021, the top five industries in Nebraska were trade, transportation, and utilities; government; education and health services; goods-producing; and professional and business services.

It’s also good to know what jobs are the fastest growing occupations if you want to increase your odds of employment. In Nebraska, the top occupations for workers with a bachelor’s degree that have the largest growth potential from 2020 to 2030 include agents and talent managers, information security analysts, and logisticians.

The best place to start your job search upon graduation is looking at one of the largest employers in the state. The University of Nebraska Medical Center Surgery Center has over 6,000 employees. Other top employers include Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Tyson Foods Inc., Union Pacific Corp., and Paypal Inc.

What’s Next?

There are many agencies that offer assistance to students paying for a college education. Here is a list of some of the resources to begin your search.

  • Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). The CCPE provides information on how to apply for student financial aid in the state of Nebraska. The CCPE also administers three grant programs: Access College Early (ACE), Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG), and the Community Gap Assistance Program.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education provides a range of financial aid opportunities, including grants, work-study programs, loans, and scholarships. To find out if you are eligible to receive money from the federal government, visit the FAFSA4caster. You can fill out an application for aid at FAFSA.
  • CareerOneStop: CareerOneStop is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This searchable list offers comprehensive information on scholarships, grants, and loans in your state. You can filter by degree type and state. The list is searchable by dollar amount, application deadline, contact information, and qualifications.