Where to Start Looking to Find a College in Nebraska
EducationQuest provides one-stop shopping for families looking for Nebraska colleges. EducationQuest isn’t just a website, it’s a non-profit organization with locations in Lincoln, Kearny, and Omaha where it provides free college planning services. Students just have to make an appointment to use their services.
EducationQuest is also the sponsor of Nebraska’s KnowHow2Got to College which is integrated into the EducationQuest website. The organization also has several scholarship programs and college access grants programs. The website maintains a calendar of events that includes financial aid programs and college fairs.
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The website is organized so that users can access it based on their status, high school students, adult learners, students transitioning, etc, or by topic, financial aid, selecting a college, or paying for college. The site contains a variety of useful tools, including calculators, a college funding estimator, FAFSA Checklist, and timelines. Users can sign-up for email reminders, search for colleges, download publications, create an activities resume, or listen to podcasts.
Students interested in starting out a community college and transferring should visit the Nebraska Community College Association which has information on articulation and transfer agreements. The Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education has information about specific state scholarship and grant programs and the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Students might also find the Nebraska Career Connections website useful for college planning.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 17 four-year Nebraska Colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 30 percent of students attend one of the 10 private colleges while 70 percent of students attend one of the seven state institutions.
The private colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 39,4% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 42.2%. Five schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
College-bound seniors in Nebraska had an average of 21.5 ACT Composite score with a 21.1 for English and 21.1 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 25, 25 for English, and 25 for Math. A total of nine colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Nebraska applied to:
- University of Nebraska At Lincoln
- University of Nebraska At Omaha
- University of Nebraska At Kearney
- Wayne State College
- Nebraska Wesleyan University
- Creighton University
- Southeast Comm Coll-Lincoln Campus
- Doane College
- Metropolitan Community College-Ne
- Iowa State University
- Chadron State College
- Midland University
- Hastings College
- Northeast Community College
- Northwest Missouri St Univ
- Peru State College
- Kansas State University
- University of Kansas
- Concordia University-Ne
- University of South Dakota
List of Colleges in Nebraska
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in the summer of 2013 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Nebraska Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
Bellevue University Private 4978 24 7047
Chadron State College Public 1743 41 9125
College of Saint Mary Private 659 22 52 24 18383
Concordia University-Seward Private 1153 39 76 570 610 26 17236
Creighton University Private 3907 66 78 630 660 29 24970
Doane College-Crete Private 1063 60 76 26 17884
Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master Private 540 Hastings College Private 1146 46 72 580 590 26 19313
Midland University Private 924 36 98 24 14442
Nebraska Wesleyan University Private 1574 58 79 28 22086
Peru State College Public 1192 20 9188
Union College Private 673 4 45 590 25 17612
University of Nebraska at Kearney Public 4762 52 85 580 610 25 12066
University of Nebraska at Omaha Public 9328 34 80 26 10370
University of Nebraska Medical Center Public 895 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Public 18039 61 64 660 680 29 13108
Wayne State College Public 2717 45 8864