It may be a sparsely populated state, but there is no shortage of colleges in Nebraska. Among the public universities in Nebraska are three schools that make up the Nebraska State College system. The largest of these is the University of Nebraska, with four campuses: one focused on undergraduates, one in an urban setting, one a land-grant flagship campus, and another with an academic medical center. The state also has seven community colleges and two tribal colleges.
As for private education, there are 17 independent colleges and universities in Nebraska. The largest is Bellevue University, a not-for-profit college offering 80 different degree programs, including some cutting-edge fields like cybersecurity. Other private schools are the Nebraska Institute of Technology, and schools that offer training in computer science, health care, real estate, cosmetology and trades.
Online education is well established in Nebraska. In 2018, U.S. News & World Reports ranked the University of Nebraska, Omaha No. 16 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs. Nebraska colleges also participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which sets national standards for distance education, making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.
Nebraska participates in the military education initiative, a 13-state effort to help military service members, veterans, and their families overcome barriers to earning postsecondary credentials and entering the workforce.
For more information on the Nebraska's Coordinating Council for Postsecondary Education, see: https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Lincoln||25,820||Four or more years||$9,242||271|
|University of Nebraska at Omaha||Omaha||15,431||Four or more years||$7,790||167|
|Metropolitan Community College Area||Omaha||14,913||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,105||177|
|Bellevue University||Bellevue||9,621||Four or more years||$7,827||79|
|Southeast Community College Area||Lincoln||9,240||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,128||60|
|Creighton University||Omaha||8,910||Four or more years||$39,916||153|
|Central Community College||Grand Island||6,354||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,000||83|
|University of Nebraska at Kearney||Kearney||6,327||Four or more years||$7,512||55|
|Northeast Community College||Norfolk||5,016||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,480||108|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha||3,972||Four or more years||N/A||66|
|Wayne State College||Wayne||3,633||Four or more years||$7,172||66|
|Chadron State College||Chadron||2,448||Four or more years||$7,384||49|
|Concordia University-Nebraska||Seward||2,424||Four or more years||$32,220||102|
|Mid-Plains Community College||North Platte||2,216||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,210||44|
|Peru State College||Peru||2,114||Four or more years||$7,512||40|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/