Nebraska’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

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.

Nebraska’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

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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How do we determine Nebraska's best community colleges?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.


There are 7 community colleges in Nebraska. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Nebraska

  1. #1

    Southeast Community College

    #9322 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    6K

    Lincoln, NE

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    What is Southeast Community College known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Little Priest Tribal College

    #8630 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    9%

    Student body

    <1K

    Winnebago, NE

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    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

    Nebraska Indian Community College

    #8194 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    <1K

    Macy, NE

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    What is Nebraska Indian Community College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Medical
  4. #4

    Western Nebraska Community College

    #5269 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    1K

    Scottsbluff, NE

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    What is Western Nebraska Community College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Physics
    • Engineering
    • Social Work
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Metropolitan Community College

    #14157 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    9K

    Omaha, NE

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    What is Metropolitan Community College known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Northeast Community College

    #11288 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    3K

    Norfolk, NE

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    What is Northeast Community College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Chemistry
  7. #7

    Central Community College

    #13658 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    3K

    Grand Island, NE

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    What is Central Community College known for?

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

    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical

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