If you are thinking about applying to University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and the fee for the application costs $45.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.6|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||30%|
|Mean SAT Score||1217|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||10%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||89%|
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a moderately difficult school to get into. University of Nebraska-Lincoln evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, University of Nebraska-Lincoln accepted 78% of all applicants, around 13,601 of the 17,495 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 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. Admissions to architecture, engineering programs is program very difficult.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 admissions factors where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Work Experience||Not Considered|
|Extracurricular Activities||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Not Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to University of Nebraska-Lincoln must submit the following items. Double check with University of Nebraska-Lincoln's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||√|
|Other Requirements||√||minimum ACT score of 20 or combined total of 1040 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections or rank in upper 50% of high school class, or a HS GPA of 3.0 or higher|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.
Out of all students that were admitted, 96% submitted a class rank. At University of Nebraska-Lincoln 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||32%|
|3.50 and 3.74||21%|
|3.25 and 3.49||13%|
|3.00 and 3.24||10%|
|2.50 and 2.9||7%|
|2.00 and 2.49||2%|
University of Nebraska-Lincoln does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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, 10% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 89% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other University of Nebraska-Lincoln applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Nebraska-Lincoln 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student is 1217.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.
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To be most competitive at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Nebraska-Lincoln's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.
A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 1.
Transfer students can enroll in University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
Students who are admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.
Does University of Nebraska-Lincoln accept transfer credits?
University of Nebraska-Lincoln accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Nebraska-Lincoln accepts:
Does University of Nebraska-Lincoln accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
University of Nebraska-Lincoln accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is University of Nebraska-Lincoln's acceptance rate?
University of Nebraska-Lincoln's acceptance rate is 78%.
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How hard is it to get into University of Nebraska-Lincoln? University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Nebraska-Lincoln is May 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Nebraska-Lincoln is May 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Nebraska-Lincoln is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1310 and Above
1130 to 1310
1130 and Less
The median SAT score for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students is 1217. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. 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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