Nebraska Colleges Summary

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 in Nebraska

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.

Education Initiatives in Nebraska

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:


  • Nebraska Coordinating Council for Postsecondary Education, Accessed March 2018,
  • University of Nebraska, Accessed March 2018,
  • Nebraska State College System, Accessed March 2018,
  • Bellevue University, Accessed March 2018,
  • Nebraska Schools Licensed by the Department of Education (PDF), Accessed March 2018,
  • Best Online Bachelor's Programs, Accessed March 2018,

Education Institutes in Nebraska
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Nebraska
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Nebraska
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln25,820Four or more years$9,242271
University of Nebraska at OmahaOmaha15,431Four or more years$7,790167
Metropolitan Community College AreaOmaha14,913At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,105177
Bellevue UniversityBellevue9,621Four or more years$7,82779
Southeast Community College AreaLincoln9,240At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,12860
Creighton UniversityOmaha8,910Four or more years$39,916153
Central Community CollegeGrand Island6,354At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,00083
University of Nebraska at KearneyKearney6,327Four or more years$7,51255
Northeast Community CollegeNorfolk5,016At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,480108
University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmaha3,972Four or more yearsN/A66
Wayne State CollegeWayne3,633Four or more years$7,17266
Chadron State CollegeChadron2,448Four or more years$7,38449
Concordia University-NebraskaSeward2,424Four or more years$32,220102
Mid-Plains Community CollegeNorth Platte2,216At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,21044
Peru State CollegePeru2,114Four or more years$7,51240

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,