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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Nebraska include 7 public and 15 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Nebraska is $9,143, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Nebraska. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. 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, such as U.S. News & World Report, 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) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the central United States.

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

Online College Programs That Might Interest You

Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Nebraska

Best Colleges In Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

University of Nebraska Omaha

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Union College

York University

Wayne State College

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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 May 2022, the top five industries in Nebraska are office and administrative support occupations, transportation and material moving, sales, food preparation and serving, and management.

Also, the fastest-growing occupations for workers with a bachelor’s degree in Nebraska are agents and talent managers, information security analysts, and logisticians.

The best way to start your job search after graduating is by checking out the largest employers in the state. These include the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Tyson Foods, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific, and Bank of the West.

What’s Next?

There are many agencies that offer assistance to students seeking a college education. Here are some of the most helpful resources available for accessing financial aid in Nebraska:

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