Best Private Colleges in Nebraska 2023

Best Private Colleges in Nebraska 2023

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in Nebraska.

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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What are Nebraska’s Colleges & Universities?

Nebraska’s Best Overall

What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 10 private universities in Nebraska. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in Nebraska, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in Nebraska

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    6K

    Creighton University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Leadership
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSEMS in Emergency Medical Services
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Healthy Lifestyle Management
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Bellevue University

    Bellevue , NE
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue University’s Online Degrees

    BA in Graphic Design
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business Analysis And Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business Analytics
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business Leadership And Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Hospitality Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in International Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Management Of Human Resources
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Marketing
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Sport Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Sport Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Supply Chain, Transportation And Logistics Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Computer Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Computer Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Data Science
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in It Operations Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Management Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Software Development
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Systems And Network Administration
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Web Development
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Child Protection And Juvenile Justice
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Criminal Justice (Cohort)
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Cybersecurity (Cohort)
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Intelligence And Security Studies
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Legal Studies
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Security Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Adult Education
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Communication Studies
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in History
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Leadership
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Liberal Studies
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Healthcare Management
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Behavioral Science
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Professional Psychology
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Mathematics
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #6

    Doane University

    Crete , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    2K

    Doane University’s Online Degrees

    BA in Agribusiness
    • Required Credits: 123
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Liberal Arts
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: None Reported
    BA in Health Sciences
    Degree Concentrations
    • Leadership
    • Pre-Health Professions
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing
    Degree Concentrations
    • Rn To Bsn
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/23

    Concordia University Nebraska’s Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Accounting
    • Communication
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Healthcare Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #9

    York University

    York , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/20

    What is York University known for?

    York University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

    York University ’s Online Degrees

    BA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in General Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is College of Saint Mary known for?

    College of Saint Mary’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

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Nebraska’s Best Private Colleges in Your Area Interest

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. Creighton University
  2. Doane University
  3. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  4. Hastings College
  5. Union College, Nebraska
  6. Midland University
  7. Concordia University Nebraska
  8. York University
  9. College of Saint Mary

Check out our directory of private colleges throughout the U.S. for a look at the top private schools in every state.