Bellevue University Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

Bellevue University
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Bellevue University Admissions Overview:

Bellevue has open admissions, meaning that any student has the opportunity to attend the school. ACT or SAT scores are not a required part of a student's application. To apply, applicants must submit an online application, and include a high school transcript and application fee. The school's website has additional information about applying, and you are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office with any questions.

Admissions Data (2016):

Bellevue University Description:

Located in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue University was founded in 1966, primarily as an educational option for working adults. Today, Bellevue has a high percentage of "non-traditional" students, and welcomes transfer students as well. The city of Bellevue, just south of Omaha, has a population of around 50,000. Bellevue University offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees, with fields in business, IT, and social sciences being among the most popular. The college has an impressively low tuition, and provides financial aid to over 80% of its students. Bellevue has a number of activities for students to join—including honor societies, academic groups, and extracurricular clubs. Athletically, the Bellevue Bruins compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In 2015, the teams moved from the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference to the North Star Athletic Association. Popular sports include golf, soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,896 (5,554 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,365
  • Books: $1,350 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,399
  • Other Expenses: $2,700
  • Total Cost: $17,814

Bellevue University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 44%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,413
    • Loans: $5,184

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, HR Management, Social Sciences, Computer/Information Sciences, Medical Administration Services, Criminal Justice

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 55%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 13%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 13%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Golf, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Bellevue University, You May Also Like These Schools:

Applicants interested in Bellevue for its size should also consider Truman State University, Emporia State University, Creighton University, Drake University, the University of Nebraska at Kearny, and Bemidji State University, all of which are also in the Midwest, and have generally accessible admissions standards.

Bellevue University Missions Statement

Bellevue University missions statement from

"Bellevue University effectively engages students in earning awards and degrees that prepare them to thrive in a connected, competitive world. We provide students with a powerful foundation for personal value creation, instilling the confidence they need to take control of their lives and to be responsible citizens of the global community. We teach the value of a free market, capitalist economic system and the importance of preserving our American heritage of a democratic and free way of life."

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