8 Most Popular Colleges in Nebraska

Learn why students love attending college in this Great Plains State.

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The University of Nebraska, Lincoln is one of the oldest universities in the state.

Nebraska colleges have a lot to offer academically. However, plenty of other factors drive students to attend college in this state, whether it’s a stellar football program, great job placement ratings or affordable tuition rates. Find out which Nebraska colleges are the most popular and how much it costs to attend.

8. Creighton University

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 4,153

Cost: $33,330

Best Programs: Health-professions and related clinical sciences — 25 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: U.S. News and World Report ranks Creighton as the No.1 regional university in the Midwest.

7. University of Nebraska, Kearney

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 5,442

Cost: $6,486 (in-state), $11,991 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Elementary education/teaching, business, management, marketing and related support services – 28% of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Many University of Nebraska, Kearney programs have a job placement rate that is close to 100 percent, including education, accounting, athletic training, speech-language pathology and industrial technology.

6. Central Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 6,531

Cost: $2,190 (in-state), $3,180 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health-related professions

Fun Fact: Central Community College has an academic transfer program that assists students who want to complete the first two years of their degree at CCC then transfer to a four-year college or university.

5. Bellevue University

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 6,828

Cost: $7,800

Best Program: Thirty-nine percent of students are enrolled in the business/commerce program.

Fun Fact: Bellevue was ranked among the top 15 schools in the country for developing leaders by Leadership Excellence magazine.

4. Southeast Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 9,603

Cost: $2,070 (in-state), $2,520 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nursing, business, industry and technology

Fun Fact: Southeast Community College has campuses in three southeast Nebraska cities: Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford.

3. University of Nebraska, Omaha

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 11,964

Cost: $6,510 (in-state), $16,520 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 25 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: University of Nebraska, Omaha recently completed $200 million in facility in improvements, including a redesigned campus recreation center, apartment-style student housing and a new library.

2. Metropolitan Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 14,804

Cost: $2,070 (in-state), $2,993 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business management and health-related professions

Fun Fact: Metropolitan Community College has its own Rideshare Carpool program that helps students arrange for an efficient and inexpensive way to get to class.

1. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 19,345

Cost: $8,068 (in-state), $20,968 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 21 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Famous University of Nebraska, Lincoln alumni include TV talk show host Johnny Carson and investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Nebraska, Lincoln is one of the oldest universities in the state. It was founded in 1913.
  • UNL holds the national record for the most Academic All-Americans across all sports.
  • Nebraska’s many scholarships and grant opportunities can be researched online.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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