University of Nebraska at Kearney Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Archway Monument in Kearney, NE
Archway Monument in Kearney, NE. Shelby Bell / Flickr

University of Nebraska at Kearney Admission Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 85%, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is a generally accessible school; students with good grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted to the school. To apply to UNK, those interested will need to submit an application (which can be completed online), along with scores from the SAT or ACT and official transcripts of high school work. Campus visits, while not a requirement, are encouraged for any applicants, to help see if the school would be a good match for them. 

Admissions Data (2015):

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

University of Nebraska at Kearney Description:

Located in Kearney, Nebraska (about two hours west of Omaha), the University of Nebraska Kearney was founded in 1905 as a teachers' college. On a 500-acre campus, the school offers over 170 majors, with top choices including education, criminal justice, business administration, writing, psychology, and art. Academics are bolstered by a healthy 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Students can join a range of extra-curricular activities, ranging from fraternities and sororities, to academic honor societies, to performing arts groups, to recreational sports. In athletics, UNK fields eight men's and nine women's sports. Popular choices include football, track and field, soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, golf, and baseball. The UNK Lopers compete within the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 6,747 (5,108 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 58% Male / 42% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,711 (in-state). $12,981 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,310 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,564
  • Other Expenses: $3,706
  • Total Cost: $21,291 (in-state), $27,561 (out-of-state)

University of Nebraska at Kearney Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 81%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,739
    • Loans: $5,941

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Elementary Education, Rhetoric/Composition, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Parks & Recreation, Psychology, Visual Art

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Wrestling, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, Softball, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Cross Country 

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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