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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Data & Information Overview

422 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
81% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Nebraska - Lincoln Ranked?

#138 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in NE
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 422 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is physical education teaching & coaching.

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Overall Quality

UNL landed the #138 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into UNL?

81% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Nebraska - Lincoln is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 81%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 8% 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 660. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 540 to 660 )
UNL received ACT scores from 85% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Nebraska - Lincoln  ( 22 to 28 )

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
85% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of Nebraska - Lincoln is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

80% Freshmen Retention
41% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. 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  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UNL the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 41%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

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

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,949 Full-Time Undergraduates
17.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
48.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,286 undergraduates at UNL with 18,949 being full-time and 1,337 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Nebraska - Lincoln Cost?

$17,013 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
$25,756 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UNL is $17,013. 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 +
$11,672 $13,453 $15,394 $19,553 $21,462

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 36% of students took out student loans averaging $6,439 a year. That adds up to $25,756 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNL is 2.2%. 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?

$52,360 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UNL make around $52,360 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for UNL students since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Nebraska State
18,949 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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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Contact details for UNL are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0419
Phone: 402-472-7211

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Majors

121 Majors With Completions
4,542 Undergraduate Degrees
1,314 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 121 majors graduated from University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Of these students, 4,542 received undergraduate degrees and 1,314 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 296 $45,031
Public Relations & Advertising 240 $39,532
Finance & Financial Management 238 $46,376
Marketing 167 $46,568
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 163 $28,188
Teacher Education Subject Specific 147 $39,574
Family & Consumer Economics 138 $29,642
General Biology 138 $27,263
Mechanical Engineering 132 $63,572
Computer Information Systems 125 $69,494

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

65% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 15,859 students took at least one online class at University of Nebraska - Lincoln. This is a decrease from the 16,732 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 15,859 1,954
2019-2020 16,732 2,016
2018-2019 12,449 1,628
2017-2018 11,827 1,649
2016-2017 10,896 1,477

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.


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