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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of Nebraska - Lincoln ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Nebraska - Lincoln Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln was awarded 183 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

UNL landed the #248 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

UNL is also ranked #2 out of 19 schools in Nebraska.

See all of the rankings for University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Is It Hard to Get Into UNL?

Acceptance Rate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln has an acceptance rate of 64%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UNL.

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 )

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

ACT Composite Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 22 to 29 )

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of Nebraska - Lincoln is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Nebraska - Lincoln is 95%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  95 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from UNL have a four-year graduation rate of 33%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  33 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Good Overall Diversity at UNL

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,478 undergraduates at UNL with 19,132 being full-time and 1,346 being part-time.

UNL Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for UNL is 82.46 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  82.46 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Nebraska - Lincoln Cost?

The overall average net price of UNL is $18,086. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UNL

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,161 $14,111 $17,296 $20,513 $22,149

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UNL, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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.

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How Much Money Do UNL Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UNL make about $46,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UNL students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Nebraska - Lincoln make the most money.

Location of University of Nebraska - Lincoln

University of Nebraska - Lincoln is a public institution located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 120 majors graduated from University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Of these students, 4,859 received undergraduate degrees and 1,404 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 327 $41,000
General Psychology 242 $31,100
Public Relations & Advertising 235 $36,600
Finance & Financial Management 225 $42,700
Teacher Education Subject Specific 177 $38,200
Marketing 168 $43,300
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 161 $31,500
General Biology 149 $29,300
Family & Consumer Economics 148 $31,800
Accounting 145 $41,700

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Nebraska - Lincoln along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UNL

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 11,827 students took at least one online class at University of Nebraska - Lincoln. This is an increase from the 10,896 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 11,827 1,649
2016-2017 10,896 1,477
2015-2016 10,237 1,375
2014-2015 7,911 1,353
2013-2014 7,036 992

Learn more about online learning at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

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Notes and 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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