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Chances of getting into University of Nebraska at Kearney

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
88%
Admission Difficulty for University of Nebraska at Kearney
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into UNK and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UNK is 88%.  It ranks #14 in Nebraska for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Nebraska at Kearney is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 4,738 out of 5,359 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 62 percent (SAT 960/1100 ACT 19/26). University of Nebraska at Kearney typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.51. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UNK application fee is $45 and applications are due by May 1.

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 determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

UNK SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
960-1100
Applicants Submitting SAT 
3%
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 550
SAT Math 75th 550
SAT Composite 75th 1100
Average SAT Score 1030

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of Nebraska at Kearney typically prefers applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. UNK ranks #5 in Nebraska for highest average SAT composite score. 3 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Nebraska at Kearney admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1100 and Above Good >93%
1030 to 1100 Avg + 88%-93%
960 to 1030 Avg - 79%-88%
890 to 960 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 890 Low <67%
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UNK ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
90%
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska at Kearney
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UNK regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in Nebraska for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Nebraska at Kearney admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >94%
22 to 26 Avg + 88%-94%
19 to 22 Avg - 81%-88%
16 to 19 Reach 71%-81%
Less than 16 Low <71%
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UNK GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.51
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UNK. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Nebraska at Kearney was 3.51 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Nebraska for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.51 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UNK accepts 88% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Nebraska at Kearney students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.79% Good
3.75 to 3.99 26.46% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 15.37% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.17% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 9.39% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.95% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.27% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.6% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% of University of Nebraska at Kearney freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Nebraska at Kearney students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 21%
Top 25% of class 46%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Nebraska at Kearney admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,270 2,089 5,359
Accepted 2,910 1,828 4,738
Acceptance Rate 89% 88% 88%
Enrolled 520 313 833
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 17% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.

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 Required
High School Class Rank 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

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?

3% of students submit their SAT scores to UNK. 90% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

88% of those who apply are granted admission to UNK. Admission competition is and the college has 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 960 and 1100. 3% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 19 and 26. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.