Best Community Colleges in Nebraska 2022

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.

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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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

    42%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Western Nebraska Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    14%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Little Priest Tribal College known for?

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

  3. 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:

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    9%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Nebraska Indian Community College known for?

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

  5. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Northeast Community College known for?

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

  6. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Metropolitan Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Central Community College

    Grand Island , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Central Community College known for?

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

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 utilized 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