Nebraska’s system of higher education features 44 colleges and universities. The selection includes 15 public institutions, 19 not-for-profit private schools and 10 for-profit institutions. Many offer online degree programs.
Where are Nebraska’s schools located? The University of Nebraska System has three main campuses in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha plus a number of annexes. The Nebraska State College System has three main campuses as well. These are located in Chadron, Peru and Wayne. As for private colleges in Nebraska, four are located in Omaha and most others are also located in the eastern half of the state. Learn more about Nebraska education and Nebraska in general with these stats and other facts.
- The name “Nebraska” is derived from the Omaha “Ni Bthaska,” which means “flat water” and refers to the Platte River.
- European explorers mistakenly referred to Nebraska as “the great American desert.” Today the land is abundant with corn, soybeans, wheat and other cash crops. Nebraska also has more miles of river than any other state in the continental US.
- College graduation rates in Nebraska are competitive. In 2010 the graduation rate from Nebraska’s two-year public colleges was about 10% higher than the national average. The graduation rate from four-year public colleges was almost identical to the national average.
- Nebraska has relatively low in-state tuitions and fees for its public and private four-year colleges. For the 2012-2013 academic year the national average for public colleges was about $8000 but was about $7000 in Nebraska. At private schools nationwide the average price was about $24,500 but was just under $19,500 in Nebraska.
- Approximately 150,000 students are enrolled in all of Nebraska’s public and private colleges combined.
- The geographical center of the United States is Kearney, Nebraska. It is 1,733 miles from San Francisco and 1,733 miles from Boston.
Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
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