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Identifying where you will spend your next four years is an important decision for students. The 13 independent institutions in Nebraska provide a wide variety of experiences. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into a rich liberal arts degree or select a specialty program through a nursing college. The colleges and universities offer a traditional on-campus experience and/or provide the flexibility for nontraditional students who may be working full-time and/or chose to attend college part-time. Nebraska’s private colleges offer programs which range from fine arts to business, nursing, education, science, and much more.

  • Nebraska’s independent colleges and universities award over 30% of the state’s bachelor’s degrees.

  • Nebraska’s independent colleges and universities awarded over 45% of the business degrees, 35% of the education degrees, and over 50% of the degrees in health sciences (2016-17).

  • Nebraska’s independent sector enrolls the highest percentage of minority students in the state.

  • Nebraska’s independent colleges offer personalized learning with an average student-faculty ratio of 14:1.

  • Nebraska’s private colleges and universities educate over 35,000 students per year.

  • Students have the opportunity to study abroad, receive hands-on and meaningful classroom experiences, engage in service learning, and participate in athletics, arts and music, and much more.

  • Students attending an independent college in Nebraska have a higher graduation rate and are more likely to graduate within four years.

  • Students are prepared and ready for employment upon graduation.

  • Each of the colleges rank among the top five percent of the state’s private institutions in terms of employment size.

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