Overview of Nebraska Colleges & Schools
Nebraska is home to a number of public and private institutions located throughout the state. Due to the states relatively low population in relation to its size, resulting in a limited number of schools located primarily in larger more populous areas, such as the state’s capital, Lincoln, and its largest cities Omaha and Bellevue. The state is bordered by Kansas to the south, Colorado to the southwest, Wyoming to the west, South Dakota to the north, Iowa to the east, and Missouri to the southeast. The state is composed mostly of flatland allowing for easy travel throughout the state and to adjoining areas, which is particularly useful for individuals involved in athletics or interested in travel.
Public institutions are governed by three overseeing bodies in Nebraska. The first, the University of Nebraska System was founded in 1869 in Lincoln, and currently maintains four campuses throughout the state. The second is the Nebraska State University System, comprised of three colleges not part of the University of Nebraska System. The third is the Nebraska Community Colleges Association which is responsible for the operations, funding and maintenance of various community colleges throughout the state. Public institutions tend to have lower tuition costs, particularly for residents of the state as well a higher overall enrollment.
Public Nebraska institutions include:
- University of Nebraska (Lincoln)
- University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha)
- Chadron State College (Chadron)
- Peru State College (Peru)
- Wayne State College (Wayne)
Private colleges and universities in Nebraska are typically higher in cost than their public school counterparts, have lower overall enrollment, and an excellent student to teacher ratio that allows for a more personalized education. Many private colleges offer a liberal arts education that emphasizes well roundedness and allows students to experience various courses not part of their major. Many private institutions received their starts through a mandate by their given Christina Denomination, such school continue to adhere to principles put forth by that denomination while others simply note that it was part of the school’s history.
Private Nebraska Colleges include:
- Creighton University (Omaha)
- Doane College (Crete)
- Hastings College (Hastings)
- Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln)
- College of Saint Mary (Omaha)
The state is also home to a number of career colleges and schools that offer short term, high tuition training in given high demand field. These schools are located throughout the state and often have very few program offerings or specialize in a given area of study. Similar programs are available through community college, often resulting a in a certificate or degree, with degrees taking up to two years to earn.
The most populous city in Nebraska is Omaha, followed by Lincoln. While the most populous county in Nebraska is Douglas County with Lancaster County and Sarpy County close to one another. If you are interested in visiting the state of Nebraska, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of NebraskaSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||22,990||2.4|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||71,030||7.3|
|Some college, no degree||27,960||2.9|
|High school diploma or equivalent||358,830||37.1|
|No formal educational credential||257,430||26.6|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are six public 4-year state universities and colleges in Nebraska. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Nebraska.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Nebraska there are eighteen accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Nebraska.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately fourteen such colleges in Nebraska located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Nebraska along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Nebraska
Follow the links below to get information on accredited schools in our database that offer programs or degrees.
Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Nebraska (M.D.) (2 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Nebraska (Pharm. D.) (2 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Nebraska (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (36 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Nebraska (J.D.) (2 Schools)