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Colleges / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate79%

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Around 79% of applicants get into University of Nebraska-Lincoln each year. Last year, 19,102 students applied to University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 15,022 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 5/1 and the fee for the application is $45.

Students who apply to University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester should hear back from University of Nebraska-Lincoln by August 1.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Nebraska-Lincoln's admissions stats.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Mean SAT Score 1218
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 87%
Waitlist No

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 5 1 August 1

Considering Applying Early to University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

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

In 2022, University of Nebraska-Lincoln accepted 79% of all applicants, around 15,022 of the 19,102 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.

Transferring to University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Curious about the factors that are considered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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
Class Rank Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important

Make sure to check with University of Nebraska-Lincoln for more information on admission factors.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Application Requirements

To apply to University of Nebraska-Lincoln, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of Nebraska-Lincoln'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)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Other Requirements 20 or higher on ACT or combined total of 1040 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading & 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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

Students admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36% submitted a class rank. At University of Nebraska-Lincoln 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 58% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 24%
3.75 and 3.99 32%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 4%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 87% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

To be competitive with other University of Nebraska-Lincoln applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Nebraska-Lincoln 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, 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 1218.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

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.

More Information on Transferring to University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions FAQs

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:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Nebraska-Lincoln accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Nebraska-Lincoln accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

❌ No, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Nebraska-Lincoln's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Nebraska-Lincoln is 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

❌ University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not offer early decision.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

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

University of Nebraska-Lincoln SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1330


Math SAT Range

550 - 670


Reading SAT Range

560 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1110 to 1330


1110 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students is 1218. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. 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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