Best Community Colleges in Nebraska 2022

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Nebraska offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Best Community Colleges in Nebraska 2022

Colleges and Universities in Nebraska

Students can choose from 29 higher learning institutions, including community colleges, technical institutes, religious colleges, and public universities. Of the 15 public campuses, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln is the largest, with over 22,000 students. Coming in under the national average, the university’s tuition rate is $9,000, and students can earn their degree in fields such as law, mathematics, communication, and sociology.

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The most affordable schools in the state are its six community colleges with tuition ranging from $3,000 to $4,000. Nebraska also has 12 religiously affiliated institutions, including those with Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, and Lutheran influences. At $40,000 in tuition, Creighton University is both the largest and most expensive of these schools, and it boasts a 95% employment rate after graduation.

As one of the largest corn producers in the country, it’s no wonder Nebraska’s nickname is The Cornhusker State. The state is also home to an unusual monument — Carhenge. Replicating England’s famous Stonehenge, this structure is made out of vintage American automobiles that have been painted gray and lodged into the ground. With the Great Plains, over 20,000 square miles of sand dunes, and a portion of the Badlands, Nebraska offers a unique setting for students looking to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Mental health, dental, and other health care professionals working in shortage areas can apply for loan repayment awards through the Nebraska Loan Repayment Program. Doctors and dentists may qualify for up to $200,000.

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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 7 community colleges in Nebraska. The following list shows the best community colleges and primarily associate degree granting colleges in Nebraska.

Best Community Colleges in Nebraska

  1. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Western Nebraska Community College known for?

    Western Nebraska Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Physics
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Little Priest Tribal College

    Winnebago , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    9%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Little Priest Tribal College known for?

    Little Priest Tribal College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
  3. #3

    Southeast Community College

    Lincoln , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Southeast Community College known for?

    Southeast Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Nebraska Indian Community College known for?

    Nebraska Indian Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
  5. #5

    Northeast Community College

    Norfolk , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Northeast Community College known for?

    Northeast Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
  6. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    9K

    What is Metropolitan Community College known for?

    Metropolitan Community College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Central Community College

    Grand Island , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Central Community College known for?

    Central Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical
2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Southeast Community College
  2. Little Priest Tribal College
  3. Nebraska Indian Community College
  4. Western Nebraska Community College
  5. Metropolitan Community College
  6. Northeast Community College
  7. Central Community College

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