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Colleges / University of Nebraska at Kearney

Nebraska Kearney Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Nebraska Kearney by September 1.

Nebraska Kearney Admissions Stats at a Glance

Nebraska Kearney 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 21%
Mean SAT Score 1098
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 90%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to Nebraska Kearney?

University of Nebraska at Kearney does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Nebraska Kearney?

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

In 2021, Nebraska Kearney accepted 88% of all applicants, around 4,738 of the 5,359 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.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Nebraska Kearney Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Nebraska Kearney

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Nebraska Kearney 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements rank in upper 50% of high school class
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Nebraska Kearney?

Students admitted to Nebraska Kearney have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 80% submitted a class rank. At Nebraska Kearney 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 77% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Nebraska at Kearney, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 80%
3.75 and 3.99 26.46%
3.50 and 3.74 15.37%
3.25 and 3.49 13.17%
3.00 and 3.24 9.39%
2.50 and 2.9 11.95%
2.00 and 2.49 4.27%

Nebraska Kearney considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Nebraska Kearney does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 4% of Nebraska Kearney's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 90% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Nebraska Kearney?

To be competitive with other Nebraska Kearney applicants, you should strive to earn between 970 and 1110 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Nebraska Kearney 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1110 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Nebraska Kearney student is 1098.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Nebraska Kearney students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Nebraska Kearney students scored 550 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Nebraska Kearney?

To be most competitive at Nebraska Kearney, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Nebraska Kearney's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Nebraska Kearney students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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's acceptance rate is 88%.

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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 88%. This means that the institution accepts 88 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


19 to 26


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Nebraska Kearney is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Nebraska Kearney. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Nebraska Kearney SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1110


Math SAT Range

500 - 550


Reading SAT Range

460 - 550

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1110 and Above


970 to 1110


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Nebraska Kearney students is 1098. Applicants with SAT scores of 1110 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Nebraska Kearney, while applicants with SAT scores between 970 to 1110 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 970 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 3.51. 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.

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