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Nebraska Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Nebraska, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 76%, admission to Nebraska is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Nebraska admission statistics.


Nebraska Admissions Statistics

Nebraska’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 76%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 9,724 applicants, Nebraska admitted about 7,425. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.65, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1220.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 22, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1070. The 75th percentile score was 1370.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Nebraska is mildly competitive. Even if Nebraska is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Nebraska’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Nebraska Application Requirements

To apply to Nebraska, you’ll need to fill out UNL’s Application for Admission, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $45 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by December 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out UNL’s Application for Admission
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $45 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is December 1st.

Have you been admitted to Nebraska? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Nebraska Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Nebraska, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 53% are male and 47% are female
  • 7.6% of students are international

Nebraska has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 7.6%
  • Underrepresented minority: 1.9%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • White: 83.4%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Nebraska offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Marketing

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Nebraska Tuition Figures

At $38,766, Nebraska’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $7,479.

Here’s a fuller look at Nebraska tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $38,766
  • Average financial aid package: $7,479
  • The average student debt of a Nebraska graduate is $23,231

Now, what is life like at Nebraska? Let’s take a look.


Nebraska Location

The main campus is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Lincoln campus is actually comprised of three separate smaller campuses in the overall area, City Campus, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and East Campus.

Remember, you’re going to Nebraska for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Nebraska Academics

Nebraska has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Banking and Financial Support Services
  • Construction Engineering
  • Economics
  • Food Science
  • Geography
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Investments and Securities
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Range Science and Management
  • Soil Science and Agronomy
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Nebraska.


Student Life at Nebraska

Nebraska has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Nebraska’s student activities:

  • Aikido Club at UNL
  • Break Dance Organization
  • Candlewood International Fellowship
  • Diamond Way Meditation Group
  • Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Club
  • Fine Art Photo Club
  • Global Friends of Japan
  • Healthy Huskers
  • International Business Club
  • Judo Club
  • Korean Traditional Dance Club
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Mock Trial Organization
  • Natural Resources Diversity Initiative
  • Orchesis
  • PREVENT: Agents of Change
  • S.M.I.L.E. (Small Moments in Life Everyday)

Are you an athlete? Nebraska’s got plenty of options for you.


Nebraska Athletics

Nebraska offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Nebraska’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Nebraska degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Nebraska has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Entrepreneur Warren Buffett
  • Twitter co-founder Evan Williams
  • TV host Johnny Carson
  • Author Willa Cather
  • Musician Tommy Lee
  • Culver City founder Harry Culver
  • US Senator Chuck Hagel
  • Author Jim Thompson
  • Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Nebraska is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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