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2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska

22 Colleges
$40,109 Avg Salary*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Top Nebraska Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 22 schools in Nebraska, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include freshman retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and post graduate earnings, among other things.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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We've developed a number of other tools and rankings to help you make your college decision. Start by filtering this list by location or field of study and then explore our other rankings that feature schools great for different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

We've created a tool called College Combat that lets you create your own customized comparisons based on the factors that matter the most to you. If you're torn between two schools, you can use it to help you see how they stack up against one another!

Top Colleges in Nebraska

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

University of Nebraska - Lincoln tops this year’s ranking as the best school in Nebraska for overall quality. UNL is a large public school situated in Lincoln, Nebraska. It awarded 6,068 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 4.2% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UNL make an average of $46,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Creighton University. The school came in at #2 in Nebraska on this year’s overall quality ranking.Omaha, Nebraska is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,520 students in 2019-2020.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. During the early years of their career, graduates from Creighton make an average of $59,700 a year.

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#3

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Nebraska Wesleyan University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lincoln, Nebraska that handed out 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NWU is $46,000 during the early years of their career.

Full Nebraska Wesleyan University Report

#4

College of Saint Mary

Omaha, Nebraska

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges in Nebraska list means College of Saint Mary is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree.Omaha, Nebraska is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 320 students in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 3.9% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Saint Mary make an average of $41,200 a year.

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#5

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges in Nebraska list means Bellevue University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Bellevue, Nebraska. It awarded 2,587 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University make an average of $53,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking. UNK is located in Kearney, Nebraska and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 1,316 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $41,300 during the early years of their career..

Full University of Nebraska at Kearney Report

#7

Midland University

Fremont, Nebraska

Midland University landed the #7 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking. Midland University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Fremont, Nebraska that handed out 318 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Midland U make an average of $39,900 a year.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha landed the #8 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the fairly large public school awarded 3,253 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,200 during the early years of their career..

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#9

Hastings College

Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings College landed the #9 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking. Hastings is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hastings, Nebraska. The school has a small population, and it awarded 288 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Hastings is $44,400 during the early years of their career.

Full Hastings College Report

#10

Wayne State College

Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne State College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking, coming in at #10. WSC is a public institution located in Wayne, Nebraska. The school has a small population, and it awarded 810 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WSC is $36,100 during the early years of their career.

Full Wayne State College Report

#11

Doane University

Crete, Nebraska

With a ranking of #11, Doane University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Doane University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Crete, Nebraska that handed out 786 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Doane Crete go into careers with an average salary of $44,300 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Concordia University, Nebraska

Seward, Nebraska

Concordia University, Nebraska did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking, coming in at #12. Concordia University, Nebraska is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Seward, Nebraska. It awarded 502 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska make an average of $40,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Metropolitan Community College

Omaha, Nebraska

With a ranking of #13, Metropolitan Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the fairly large public school handed out 1,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from MCC go into careers with an average salary of $30,800 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Southeast Community College Area

Lincoln, Nebraska

Southeast Community College Area ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the medium-sized public school awarded 758 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Community College is $37,000 during the early years of their career.

Full Southeast Community College Area Report

#15

Chadron State College

Chadron, Nebraska

With a ranking of #15, Chadron State College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Chadron State College is located in Chadron, Nebraska and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 565 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College is $38,200 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Union College Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

Union College Nebraska came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 247 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Union College make an average of $40,800 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Union College Nebraska Report

#17

Northeast Community College

Norfolk, Nebraska

With a ranking of #17, Northeast Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Located in Norfolk, Nebraska, the medium-sized public school awarded 726 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $33,900 during the early years of their career..

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#18

Peru State College

Peru, Nebraska

With a ranking of #18, Peru State College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Peru State College is a small public school located in Peru, Nebraska that handed out 420 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $37,500 during the early years of their career..

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#19

Central Community College

Grand Island, Nebraska

With a ranking of #19, Central Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. Central Community College is located in Grand Island, Nebraska and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 706 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Central Community College make an average of $30,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#20

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, Nebraska

With a ranking of #20, Mid-Plains Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list.North Platte, Nebraska is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 263 students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,100 during the early years of their career..

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#21

Western Nebraska Community College

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Western Nebraska Community College landed the #21 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking. Western Nebraska Community College is a small public school located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska that handed out 204 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WNCC is $29,700 during the early years of their career.

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#22

York College

York, Nebraska

With a ranking of #22, York College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Nebraska list. York College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in York, Nebraska. It awarded 101 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from York College make an average of $35,400 a year.

Full York College Report

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 22 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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