Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Nebraska.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Nebraska. They only offer institution-wide accreditation, however, and not program-specific accreditation. For more information on specific program accreditation, please refer to our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
To learn more about higher education in Nebraska or educational legislation and policy, use the agencies below. The Department of Education and other organizations can also provide general information about accredited colleges and universities in the state.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Nebraska is home to seven public colleges and universities, many of which have excellent research facilities and faculty. Learn more about a few of Nebraska’s schools.
University of Nebraska– Lincoln
The state’s largest school enrolled 24,207 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Many of the students are Nebraska residents, but the school has made an effort to attract out-of-state and international students. Now, students hail from 130 different countries. While freshmen are required to live on campus, the university’s location in downtown Lincoln offers many opportunities for off-campus amusements. Famous alumni include former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson and philanthropist Warren Buffet.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is another strong research institution. The Carnegie Foundation recently classified the school as a Doctoral Research University, but it also affords undergraduates a wide variety of majors, as well as a thriving athletics program. Its Center for Afghanistan Studies is nationally recognized as providing a means for cultural exploration between our two nations.
Wayne State College
If you’re looking for a smaller public school, Wayne State College is a good option. The school’s Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy is a particular standout for being the first such academy in the country. Popular majors include education, business, marketing, and psychology. A new facility, the Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, is currently under construction and promises exciting new capabilities for the school’s researchers.
Students looking for private schools in Nebraska have a host of choices, from small liberal arts institutions to larger research schools. Three of the state’s most noteworthy schools are below.
Nebraska’s largest private school enrolled 9,942 students for the 2013-2014 school year. Bellvue is not a traditional university, in that it caters to both traditional undergraduates as well as adult learners and online learners. The school has won several awards. Leadership Excellence Magazine ranked the school as one of the top 15 in the country for developing learners, and U.S. News ranked it as the No. 9 best in the country for online education.
Creighton University caters to 7,736 students for the 2013-2014 school year. It’s Jesuit-affiliated, and the school pushes its undergraduates to not only achieve academically, but to serve their community as well. In fact, students, faculty, and staff contributed more than 295,000 hours of community service in 2012. Notable alumni of Creighton include former U.S. Attorney John McKay and former Coca-Cola Company president Donald Keough.
Doane College– Crete
In contrast to the previous two universities, Doane is entirely comprised of undergraduates. It is Nebraska’s first liberal arts and sciences college, and students can choose from among 40 majors and seven pre-professional programs. Doane also offers students a $1,000 travel scholarship to be used during college, encouraging global learning. In addition, an impressive 59 students from the school have earned Fulbright scholarships.