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,