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Kearney, Nebraska

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Your chances of getting into University of Nebraska at Kearney

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

90.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of Nebraska at Kearney
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UNK is 90.3%.  Its admission rate is the 13th lowest in Nebraska.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into UNK and can you get accepted?

University of Nebraska at Kearney is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,488 out of the 6,076 who applied were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 62 percent (SAT 938/1133 ACT 18/25). University of Nebraska at Kearney typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.24. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UNK?

90% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Nebraska at Kearney you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.24 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1040 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

UNK GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.24

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into University of Nebraska at Kearney?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UNK are to have around a 3.24 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.24 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UNK accepts 90% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UNK is 3.24 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #14 in Nebraska for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted University of Nebraska at Kearney students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.25% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.26% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.14% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 9.18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 10.13% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 13.71% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 5.38% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.95% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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UNK SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Nebraska at Kearney is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

938-1133

Applicants Submitting SAT 

4%
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 468
Math 25th Percentile 470
Composite 25th Percentile 938
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 580
Math 75th Percentile 553
Composite 75th Percentile 1133
Average SAT Score 1040

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Nebraska at Kearney?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UNK is 1040 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 938-1133. Students who get into University of Nebraska at Kearney score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  UNK ranks #7 in the state of Nebraska for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1040 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UNK regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 938 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 938, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 840, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 4 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1040 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1035, you have around a 90% chance of being admitted. A 1133 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 94% chance of getting in.

University of Nebraska at Kearney admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1133 and Above Good >94%
1035 to 1133 Avg + 90%-94%
938 to 1035 Avg - 83%-90%
841 to 938 Reach 72%-83%
Less than 841 Low <72%
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UNK ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

86%
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into UNK?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UNK is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 25.  The school ranks #8 in Nebraska for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 86 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UNK for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 90% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 95% with a 25 ACT score.

University of Nebraska at Kearney admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >95%
21 to 25 Avg + 90%-95%
18 to 21 Avg - 84%-90%
15 to 18 Reach 75%-84%
Less than 15 Low <75%
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High School Class Rank

74% of University of Nebraska at Kearney freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 43% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Nebraska at Kearney students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 18%
Top 25% of class 43%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Nebraska at Kearney admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,695 2,381 6,076
Accepted 3,358 2,130 5,488
Acceptance Rate 91% 89% 90%
Enrolled 587 371 958
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 17% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 15, 2024

Days left to Apply

173

Applicants have 173 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Nebraska at Kearney is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Nebraska at Kearney and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Nebraska at Kearney Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Nebraska at Kearney
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of Nebraska at Kearney is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.24 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1040 and ACT of 21 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=181215 IPEDS survey data for University of Nebraska at Kearney.

FAQs

Does University of Nebraska at Kearney prefer SAT or ACT?

4% of students submit their SAT scores to UNK. 86% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Nebraska at Kearney?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to UNK. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Nebraska at Kearney?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 938 and 1133. The average SAT score is 1035. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Nebraska at Kearney?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.