University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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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2022 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 642 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sports communication.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UNL as #212 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UNL held the #248 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UNL also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Nebraska ranking.

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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 is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Nebraska - Lincoln, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Nebraska - Lincoln enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 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

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln Undergraduate Student Diversity

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.

How Much Does University of Nebraska - Lincoln Cost?

The overall average net price of UNL is $17,208. 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 +
$12,216 $13,508 $16,197 $19,663 $20,947

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 4.2%. 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?

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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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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 120 majors graduated from University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Of these students, 4,614 received undergraduate degrees and 1,397 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 298 $41,000
Finance & Financial Management 232 $42,700
Public Relations & Advertising 221 $36,600
General Psychology 220 $31,100
Marketing 190 $43,300
Family & Consumer Economics 163 $31,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 162 $38,200
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 148 $31,500
Mechanical Engineering 147 $64,800
Accounting 140 $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 2018-2019, 12,449 students took at least one online class at University of Nebraska - Lincoln. This is an increase from the 11,827 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 12,449 1,628
2017-2018 11,827 1,649
2016-2017 10,896 1,477
2015-2016 10,237 1,375
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.


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