University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Love Library at the University of Nebraska
Love Library at the University of Nebraska. Steve Cornelius / Flickr

The University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) is the flagship campus of Nebraska's university system. The 250,000-person town of Lincoln gives students the advantages of a mid-sized city that is well-regarded for its quality of life and excellent trail and park system. UNL consistently ranks among the top 50 public universities in the country thanks to its strong academic and research programs. The university has many strengths ranging from English to Business. In athletics, the UNL Cornhuskers compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 25,897 (20,833 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,537 (in-state); $23,058 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,012 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,826
  • Other Expenses: $3,870
  • Total Cost: $24,245 (in-state); $38,766 (out-of-state)

University of Nebraska Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69%
    • Loans: 50%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,570
    • Loans: $6,118

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 8%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 36%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Rifle, Bowling, Basketball, Golf

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Nebraska Mission Statement

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"The role of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as the primary intellectual and cultural resource for the State is fulfilled through the three missions of the University: teaching, research, and service...

To capitalize on the breadth of programs and the multidisciplinary resources available at UNL, a number of Centers exist to marshal faculty from a variety of disciplines to focus teaching and research on specific societal issues and to provide technical assistance for business and industry in order to enhance their ability to compete in world markets. Additionally, interdisciplinary programs promote integration of new perspectives and insights into the instructional research and service activities."