Best Small Colleges in Nebraska 2022

Small colleges in Nebraska are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Best Small 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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What are Nebraska’s Colleges & Universities?

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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Nebraska is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 11 small colleges in Nebraska. The list below of the best small colleges in Nebraska. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine Nebraska's best small colleges and universities?

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.

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Best Small Colleges in Nebraska 2022

  1. #1

    Chadron State College

    Chadron , NE
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Chadron State College known for?

    Chadron State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Hastings College

    Hastings , NE
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/21

    What is Hastings College known for?

    Hastings College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • History
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/25

    What is Nebraska Wesleyan University known for?

    Nebraska Wesleyan University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Economics
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Anthropology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Midland University

    Fremont , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    What is Midland University known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work
    • History
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Doane University

    Crete , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Doane University known for?

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

    • Philosophy
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Wayne State College

    Wayne , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Wayne State College known for?

    Wayne State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Peru State College

    Peru , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Peru State College known for?

    Peru State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • History
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Union College

    Lincoln , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/21

    What is Union College known for?

    Union College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1204/23

    What is Concordia University Nebraska known for?

    Concordia University Nebraska’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Education
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    York College

    York , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    960/19

    What is York College known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    College of Saint Mary

    Omaha , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    1K

    What is College of Saint Mary known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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Nebraska’s Best Small College in Your Area of 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 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. Doane University
  2. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  3. Hastings College
  4. Union College
  5. Chadron State College
  6. Midland University
  7. Wayne State College
  8. Concordia University Nebraska
  9. York College
  10. College of Saint Mary

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