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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
UNK is an above-average public university located in Kearney, Nebraska. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,941 undergraduate students. The UNK acceptance rate is 94%. Popular majors include Business, Elementary Education, and Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies. Graduating 58% of students, UNK alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,200.
2504 9th Ave
Kearney, NE 68849
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

University of Nebraska at Kearney Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

UNK Admissions

Acceptance Rate
94%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1120
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,975/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,589/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.38 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.35 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
9
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
9
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    38%
  • On Campus
    54%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,941Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
543
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Motivated
    37%
  • Average
    22%
  • Average, not dumb but not geniuses either
    15%
  • Slightly above average
    15%
  • Dedicated to making a difference
    7%
  • Many are above average, but some just don't care
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.47 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.48 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
  • Fun
    21%
  • Incredible
    21%
  • Not to big or small and new learning options daily
    21%
  • Accomodating
    16%
  • Not too small, friendly and a good time
    16%
  • Boring
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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It is a really fun and family type place, I love the atmosphere with the sports because, the games that I have seen they're usually very packed almost like a division one football game, the meal plans are really good and the restaurants they offer on-campus like the chic-fil-a and subway's. Such good food and don't even get me started on the people! They are so accepting and open to meeting new people and making friends, they are so fun. The coaches are so respectful as well, I have seen coaches sit and talk to players about it all. I haven't moved in yet but I have been up there and been to some workouts, coaches have made this transitional experience such a breeze and have been there for me as soon as I decide to leave Fort Hays, making me understand that I wouldn't be able to play right away but that I will have an equal shot and that my talent in their opinion is exactly what they're looking for! The admission staff is one of the best. Tom Knott has kept me posted very well.
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The online courses are obviously not the same as in person class, but it's really helpful since the professors find their way to make it easier for the class to not struggle. Being able to make an office appointment either in class or in person and they're really flexible especially when they have their own life to maintain as well. The online classes aren't much depending on what classes you're taking, but just like every other class it's for the degree that we are pursuing. There's nothing bad that i'd say about online classes now that I'm aware of everything since the pandemic happened in late March. The experience was new and I never thought I could handle doing classes from home, but it worked fine, since like I said professors understand especially when it's online. There's always a reason to why students take online classes especially when having a full time job or when you have reasons that are priorities and the professor understands what life can do to someone.
The diversity of UNK is amazing and I love how everyone is super friendly and we're all helpful to each other like a big family. UNK it not only about the friends, but it's also about finding who you truly are and what degree to pursue. The housing is good quality which makes being a student way easier since they help provide food us, as well as the food. There are different types of options to chose from, either fast food or a cooked meal in the cafeteria. The local area isn't bad as well, it's right when entering the town and it's easier for students that are planning to visit easy for them to locate especially when the town is getting so much bigger. The professors are very helpful and always try their hardest to make time for their students. The safety is amazing, which makes students travel from class to class way easier and whenever something is wrong it's awesome to have some safety around us and faculty.