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Colleges / University of Nebraska at Kearney

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, NE 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%
Acceptance Rate90%

Nebraska Kearney Admissions

If you are applying to Nebraska Kearney, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and the fee for the application costs $45.

Students who submit their applications to Nebraska Kearney for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than September 1.

Nebraska Kearney Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Nebraska Kearney's admissions stats.

Nebraska Kearney 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Mean SAT Score 1031
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 86%
Waitlist No

University of Nebraska at Kearney Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Want to Apply Early to Nebraska Kearney?

Nebraska Kearney does not offer early decision or early action.

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How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Nebraska Kearney?

It is moderately difficult to get into Nebraska Kearney. Nebraska Kearney evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Nebraska Kearney accepted 90% of all applicants, around 5,488 of the 6,076 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Nebraska Kearney, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Nebraska at Kearney

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Nebraska Kearney

Nebraska Kearney has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Nebraska Kearney Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Nebraska Kearney

Wondering what factors are considered by Nebraska Kearney during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Nebraska Kearney for more information on admission factors.

Nebraska Kearney 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Nebraska Kearney, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Nebraska Kearney's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements rank in upper 50% of high school class
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Nebraska Kearney?

Students admitted to Nebraska Kearney have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 72% submitted a class rank. At Nebraska Kearney 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Nebraska at Kearney, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 18.25%
3.75 and 3.99 24.26%
3.50 and 3.74 18.14%
3.25 and 3.49 9.18%
3.00 and 3.24 10.13%
2.50 and 2.9 13.71%
2.00 and 2.49 5.38%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Nebraska Kearney directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Nebraska Kearney considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Nebraska Kearney is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 4% of Nebraska Kearney's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 86% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Nebraska Kearney?

To be competitive with other Nebraska Kearney applicants, you should aim to earn between 948 and 1100 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Nebraska Kearney 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1100 and 25% of scored lower than 948, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Nebraska Kearney student is 1031.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Nebraska Kearney students scored 553 or higher and 75% of students scored 468 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Nebraska Kearney students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 468 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Nebraska Kearney?

To be most competitive at Nebraska Kearney, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Nebraska Kearney's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Nebraska Kearney students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Nebraska at Kearney

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Nebraska Kearney. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Nebraska Kearney during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Nebraska Kearney Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Nebraska Kearney?

❌ Students who are admitted to Nebraska Kearney must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Nebraska Kearney accept transfer credits?

✅ Nebraska Kearney accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Nebraska Kearney accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Nebraska Kearney accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Nebraska Kearney does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Nebraska Kearney?

✅ Nebraska Kearney is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Nebraska Kearney's acceptance rate?

✅ Nebraska Kearney has an acceptance rate of 90%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Nebraska Kearney?

❌ Nebraska Kearney does not offer early decision.

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Nebraska Kearney Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Nebraska Kearney? Nebraska Kearney is a somewhat selective institution. The Nebraska Kearney acceptance rate is 90%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


Nebraska Kearney Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Nebraska Kearney is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Nebraska Kearney is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Nebraska Kearney ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


18 to 25


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Nebraska Kearney is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Nebraska Kearney. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Nebraska Kearney SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

948 - 1100


Math SAT Range

470 - 553


Reading SAT Range

468 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1100 and Above


948 to 1100


948 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Nebraska Kearney students is 1031. Applicants with SAT scores of 1100 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Nebraska Kearney, while applicants with SAT scores between 948 to 1100 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 948 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Nebraska Kearney.

Nebraska Kearney GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Nebraska Kearney, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.24. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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