Nebraska Colleges & Universities

The 38 colleges in Nebraska are by and large affordable, well-respected institutions of higher learning that cater to a variety of undergraduates.

Nebraska Colleges Offer Great Education to a Wide Variety of Students: The state of Nebraska represents the country's heartland and enjoys a well-founded reputation for agricultural abundance. Students considering colleges in Nebraska will be happy to know that its educational system is similarly bountiful, offering well-respected options in both public and private spheres.

Earn Your Degree From One of Many Great Nebraska Schools: Many of the biggest Nebraska schools are clustered around the state's two major cities, Omaha and Lincoln, although exceptions certainly exist. Following is a small but comprehensive list detailing a few key Nebraska colleges.

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (Public): This is Nebraska's largest college by enrollment, serving around 19,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. It resides in a technically urban center, though Lincoln is small enough to please those looking for a balance of city conveniences and a mellower pace of live. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln contains a mostly white student body (86% among first-years) and a more or less even breakdown of males and females. It offers an extensive list of majors, with business and education being the most popular. Sixty-three percent of applicants are admitted. In-state tuition and fees cost $7,224; out-of-state, $18,924.
  • University of Nebraska - Omaha (Public): Nebraska's second-largest university by enrollment is situated in a large urban area. The city itself is home to numerous ethnic enclaves and, while the school is still predominantly white (79%); African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians are represented as well. The University of Nebraska at Omaha has an 80% acceptance rate and costs $6,626 for in-state students, and $17,186 for out-of-state students.
  • Bellevue University (Private): Bellevue University is a marked departure from the first two schools, catering primarily to older and other non-traditional students. Popular majors include business/marketing, social sciences, and computer & information sciences. Located in a suburban setting, Bellevue nevertheless maintains a very diverse student body including a relatively large Hispanic population (15%) and sizable representation from other races as well. The cost of tuition and fees equals $7,650 for both Nebraska natives and out-of-state students. Bellevue educates about 6,300 undergraduates.
  • Doane College (Private): Doane is a small but prestigious college located in the rural town of Crete. Its undergraduates total just under 1,000 and its most popular majors--in descending order--include education, business/marketing, social sciences, and biology. The student body is 90% white, with slightly more females than males. The cost of tuition and fees is $22,170 for both in-state and out-of-state students.

You can find 38 colleges in Nebraska. Other major institutions include University of Nebraska at Kearny, Creighton University, Wayne State College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Concordia University.

Nebraska's Flourishing Economy: Farming and ranching have long formed the backbone of Nebraska's economy. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows agricultural inspectors in Nebraska earning a mean annual wage of $43,150 and agricultural managers making $40,900. Other industries of note include transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, informational technology, and insurance; diverse, to say the least. The job outlook is excellent. As of July 2010, Nebraska reports one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, only 4.7%. Nebraska's median household income is $49,731.

The writer Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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