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Your chances of getting into University of Nebraska Lincoln

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

78.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of Nebraska Lincoln
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Nebraska is 78.6%.  Its admission rate is the 11th lowest in Nebraska.

Admission Selectivity

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

University of Nebraska Lincoln is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 15,022 out of the 19,102 who applied were admitted.

University of Nebraska Lincoln typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.63. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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79% 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 Lincoln you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.63 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1230 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Nebraska GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.63

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Nebraska are to have around a 3.63 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.63 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Nebraska accepts 79% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Nebraska is 3.63 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #3 in Nebraska for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Nebraska is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 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 Lincoln students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 17.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 35.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 20.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Nebraska SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Nebraska Lincoln. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 8% of students submitted SAT scores and 87% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1110-1340

Applicants Submitting SAT 

8%
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 560
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1110
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 670
Math 75th Percentile 670
Composite 75th Percentile 1340
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Nebraska is 1230 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1110-1340. Students who get into University of Nebraska Lincoln score in the top 39 percent of all SAT test takers..  Nebraska ranks #2 in the state of Nebraska for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1230 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Nebraska regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1110 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1110, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 990, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Nebraska Lincoln is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1230 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 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 1225, you have around a 79% chance of being admitted. A 1340 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 88% chance of getting in.

University of Nebraska Lincoln admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >88%
1225 to 1340 Avg + 79%-88%
1110 to 1225 Avg - 66%-79%
995 to 1110 Reach 51%-66%
Less than 995 Low <51%
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Nebraska ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

22-28 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

87%
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 27
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Nebraska is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 28.  The school ranks #3 in Nebraska for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 19.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 87 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Nebraska Lincoln is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Nebraska for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 79% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 88% with a 28 ACT score.

University of Nebraska Lincoln admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >88%
25 to 28 Avg + 79%-88%
22 to 25 Avg - 66%-79%
19 to 22 Reach 51%-66%
Less than 19 Low <51%
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High School Class Rank

59% of University of Nebraska Lincoln freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 31% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Nebraska Lincoln students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 31%
Top 25% of class 59%
Top 50% of class 88%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

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

University of Nebraska Lincoln admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,561 8,541 19,102
Accepted 8,434 6,588 15,022
Acceptance Rate 80% 77% 79%
Enrolled 2,384 2,256 4,640
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 34% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

63

Applicants have 63 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on May 1, 2024.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

University of Nebraska Lincoln Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of Nebraska Lincoln 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 3.63 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1230 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=181464 IPEDS survey data for University of Nebraska Lincoln.

FAQs

Does University of Nebraska Lincoln prefer SAT or ACT?

8% of students submit their SAT scores to Nebraska. 87% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Nebraska Lincoln?

79% of those who apply are granted admission to Nebraska. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Nebraska Lincoln?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1340. The average SAT score is 1225. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Nebraska Lincoln?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 28. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.