2022 best colleges in Nebraska best-colleges

Lincoln Nebraska is home to the main campus of University of Nebraska, the largest of four campuses across the state. There are a small number of private universities scattered across the state as well, though most schools are located next to Nebraska's larger population centers. Nebraska is a member of the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Residents pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition rates for approved programs, and participating private schools knock 10% off tuition.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Nebraska

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Curtis, Nebraska

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $13,108

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $52,360

Vs. state average: + $525

Economic score: 1.26

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#2 in Nebraska

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska

Admission rate: 65%

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $31,400

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $66,524

Vs. state average: + $14,689

Economic score: 2.44

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#3 in Nebraska

Clarkson College

Omaha, Nebraska

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $20,123

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $59,883

Vs. state average: + $8,048

Economic score: 2.57

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#4 in Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $17,208

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $52,360

Vs. state average: + $525

Economic score: 2.82

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#5 in Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $14,040

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $50,131

Vs. state average: - $1,704

Economic score: 2.89

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#6 in Nebraska

College of Saint Mary

Omaha, Nebraska

Admission rate: 50%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $14,325

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $48,273

Vs. state average: - $3,562

Economic score: 3.01

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#7 in Nebraska

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 49%

Net cost: $15,616

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $56,762

Vs. state average: + $4,927

Economic score: 3.03

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#8 in Nebraska

Bryan College of Health Sciences

Lincoln, Nebraska

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 74%

Net cost: $26,122

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $59,446

Vs. state average: + $7,611

Economic score: 3.40

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#9 in Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $23,847

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $52,697

Vs. state average: + $862

Economic score: 3.57

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#10 in Nebraska

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

Omaha, Nebraska

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $25,311

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $56,533

Vs. state average: + $4,698

Economic score: 3.78

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#11 in Nebraska

Wayne State College

Wayne, Nebraska

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $13,765

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $43,727

Vs. state average: - $8,108

Economic score: 4.00

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#12 in Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $16,017

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $46,054

Vs. state average: - $5,781

Economic score: 4.01

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#13 in Nebraska

Midland University

Fremont, Nebraska

Admission rate: 51%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $21,128

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $50,032

Vs. state average: - $1,803

Economic score: 4.51

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#14 in Nebraska

Doane University

Crete, Nebraska

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $26,507

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $48,203

Vs. state average: - $3,632

Economic score: 5.11

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#15 in Nebraska

Hastings College

Hastings, Nebraska

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $21,670

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $48,198

Vs. state average: - $3,637

Economic score: 5.18

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#16 in Nebraska

Concordia University-Nebraska

Seward, Nebraska

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $20,763

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $45,784

Vs. state average: - $6,051

Economic score: 5.84

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#17 in Nebraska

Union College

Lincoln, Nebraska

Admission rate: 98%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $22,497

Payback: 5.8 Years

Earnings: $45,198

Vs. state average: - $6,637

Economic score: 6.60

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#18 in Nebraska

York College

York, Nebraska

Admission rate: 67%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $16,961

Payback: 10.1 Years

Earnings: $33,777

Vs. state average: - $18,058

Economic score: 15.57

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#19 in Nebraska

Chadron State College

Chadron, Nebraska

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 43%

Net cost: $14,268

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $43,869

Vs. state average: - $7,966

Economic score: 4.14

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#20 in Nebraska

Peru State College

Peru, Nebraska

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 41%

Net cost: $14,058

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $42,121

Vs. state average: - $9,714

Economic score: 4.70

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