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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Overview

University of Nebraska - Lincoln is a public institution situated in Lincoln, Nebraska. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Nebraska - Lincoln Known For?

4,859 Undergraduate Awards
$31,906 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at UNL is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UNL.
  • In 2017-2018, 95% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UNL with a bachelor's degree make about $46,400 a year. That's 14% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Rankings

UNL is ranked #257 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. UNL also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UNL has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#99 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#238 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNL.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Agricultural Mechanization Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Agriculture Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Animal Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNL has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#11 Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#49 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#90 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#120 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is University of Nebraska - Lincoln?

Location of University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Contact details for UNL are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 14Th And R St, Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: 402-472-7211
Website: www.unl.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UNLincoln
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UNLincoln

How Do I Get Into UNL?

You can apply to UNL online at: admissions.unl.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for UNL

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNL?

64% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UNL is 64%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 63%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to UNL submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 680. Math scores were between 550 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 550 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 550 to 700 )
200
800
UNL received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 21 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 22 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Nebraska - Lincoln?

$31,906 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNL is $31,906. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UNL, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $6,391 a year. That adds up to $25,564 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNL is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Undergraduate Student Diversity

19,132 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 20,478 undergraduate students at UNL, with 19,132 being full-time and 1,346 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UNL

There are also 4,912 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,132 full-time undergraduates at UNL, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNL

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Nebraska - Lincoln students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNL Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 555
Black or African American 504
Hispanic or Latino 1,395
White 14,314
International Students 1,530
Other Races/Ethnicities 834

Geographic Diversity

Nebraska students aren't the only ones who study at University of Nebraska - Lincoln. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 110 countries are represented at UNL. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Malaysia, and India.

Online Learning at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

1,649 Took All Classes Online
11,827 Took At Least One Class Online
14.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at UNL. In 2017-2018, 11,827 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNL has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Nebraska for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UNL

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Nebraska - Lincoln was 14.3%. This is the #1,104 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNL regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UNL majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 17%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 7%
Business Administration & Management 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Communication & Journalism 3%
Curriculum & Instruction 7%
Education 5%
Educational Administration 11%
Special Education 29%
Textile & Apparel Studies 48%
Zoology 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNL ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UNL.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Textile & Apparel Studies #1
Zoology #2
General Architecture #3
General Agriculture #3
Journalism #6
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #7
Architecture & Related Services #7
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #14
General Engineering #14
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #27
Human Development & Family Studies #39
Engineering #46
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #46
Curriculum & Instruction #52
Communication & Journalism #64
Special Education #70
Educational Administration #110
Education #280
Business Administration & Management #339
Business, Management & Marketing #421

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 327 0 119 0 446
General Psychology 242 0 9 17 268
Public Relations & Advertising 235 0 0 0 235
Finance & Financial Management 225 0 0 0 225
Accounting 145 0 46 0 191
Teacher Education Subject Specific 177 0 10 0 187
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 161 0 23 0 184
Marketing 168 0 3 1 172
General Biology 149 0 2 14 165
Family & Consumer Economics 148 0 0 0 148
Mechanical Engineering 133 0 10 3 146
Civil Engineering 117 0 18 10 145
Computer Information Systems 114 0 15 8 137
Animal Science 102 0 19 6 127
Natural Resources Conservation 98 0 20 5 123
Educational Administration 0 0 69 50 119
Law 0 0 0 116 116
Agricultural Economics & Business 102 0 12 1 115
Teacher Education Grade Specific 114 0 0 0 114
Journalism 96 0 16 0 112
General English Literature 85 0 14 9 108
Mathematics 81 0 14 13 108
Plant Sciences 62 0 24 18 104
Political Science & Government 88 0 7 9 104
Communication Sciences 45 0 46 9 100
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 88 0 4 0 92
Food Science Technology 67 0 8 7 82
Special Education 56 0 24 0 80
Electrical Engineering 61 0 10 8 79
Construction Engineering Technology 78 0 0 0 78
General Architecture 35 0 40 0 75
Hospitality Management 74 0 0 0 74
Architectural Engineering 34 0 30 5 69
Business/Managerial Economics 65 0 0 0 65
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 55 0 2 7 64
Music 25 0 20 19 64
Economics 58 0 1 3 62
Communication & Media Studies 51 0 3 5 59
Biological Engineering 51 0 0 6 57
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 56 0 56
History 46 0 5 2 53
Textile & Apparel Studies 46 0 4 0 50
International Studies 50 0 0 0 50
Sociology 37 0 5 5 47
Fine & Studio Arts 39 0 8 0 47
Computer Engineering 44 0 0 0 44
Chemical Engineering 41 0 0 2 43
Chemistry 19 0 5 15 39
Romance Languages 38 0 0 0 38
General Engineering 0 0 20 17 37
Agricultural Mechanization 35 0 1 0 36
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 34 0 34
General Agriculture 15 0 18 0 33
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 33 0 0 0 33
Drama & Theater Arts 27 0 5 0 32
Geological & Earth Sciences 16 0 12 2 30
Physics 16 0 10 4 30
Zoology 7 0 16 4 27
Interior Architecture 25 0 0 0 25
Educational Assessment 0 3 22 0 25
Agricultural Engineering 17 0 8 0 25
Anthropology 19 0 6 0 25
Horticulture 24 0 0 0 24
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 19 5 24
Classical & Ancient Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Criminal Justice & Corrections 21 0 0 0 21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 21 21
International Business 20 0 0 0 20
Design & Applied Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Statistics 0 0 14 4 18
Geography & Cartography 12 0 5 1 18
Ethnic Studies 17 0 0 0 17
Construction Engineering 11 0 5 0 16
Allied Health Professions 16 0 0 0 16
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 14 0 14
Gerontology 14 0 0 0 14
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 8 3 11
Philosophy 8 0 0 3 11
Germanic Languages 10 0 0 0 10
Health/Medical Prep Programs 10 0 0 0 10
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 10 0 0 0 10
Agricultural Public Services 8 0 0 0 8
Other Agriculture 8 0 0 0 8
Soil Sciences 7 0 0 0 7
Legal Research 0 0 0 7 7
Other Education 0 0 0 6 6
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 6 0 0 0 6
Botany/Plant Biology 5 0 0 0 5
Environmental Engineering 0 0 5 0 5
Nutrition Science 0 0 3 2 5
Landscape Architecture 4 0 0 0 4
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Legal Professions (Other) 1 0 3 0 4
Natural Resource Management 4 0 0 0 4
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 3 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 0 0 3
Public Policy 3 0 0 0 3
Area Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Medieval Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Dance 2 0 0 0 2
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 1 0 0 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0
Insurance 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0 0
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 0 0 0
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Protection 0 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,859 3 952 452 6,266

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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