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Chances of getting into University of Nebraska Lincoln

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
78%
Admission Difficulty for University of Nebraska Lincoln
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Nebraska and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Nebraska is 78%.  It ranks #12 in Nebraska for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Nebraska Lincoln is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 13,601 out of 17,495 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent (SAT 1110/1320 ACT 22/28). University of Nebraska Lincoln typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Nebraska Lincoln. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 11% of students submitted SAT scores and 91% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Nebraska SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1110-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
11%
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of Nebraska Lincoln typically prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1000. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. Nebraska ranks #1 in Nebraska and #221 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Nebraska Lincoln admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >87%
1215 to 1320 Avg + 78%-87%
1110 to 1215 Avg - 65%-78%
1005 to 1110 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 1005 Low <50%
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Nebraska ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
91%
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for University of Nebraska Lincoln
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Nebraska regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Nebraska for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Nebraska Lincoln.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Nebraska Lincoln admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >87%
25 to 28 Avg + 78%-87%
22 to 25 Avg - 65%-78%
19 to 22 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 19 Low <50%
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Nebraska GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.6
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Nebraska. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Nebraska Lincoln was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Nebraska for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Nebraska accepts 78% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Nebraska Lincoln students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 15.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 32.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 10.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

59% of University of Nebraska Lincoln freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Nebraska Lincoln students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 30%
Top 25% of class 59%
Top 50% of class 89%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Nebraska Lincoln admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,587 7,908 17,495
Accepted 7,470 6,131 13,601
Acceptance Rate 78% 78% 78%
Enrolled 2,440 2,331 4,771
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 38% 35%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
152

Applicants have 152 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

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 Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Nebraska Lincoln
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=181464 IPEDS survey data for University of Nebraska Lincoln.

FAQs

Does University of Nebraska Lincoln prefer SAT or ACT?

11% of students submit their SAT scores to Nebraska. 91% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

78% of those who apply are granted admission to Nebraska. Admission competition is and the college has difficult 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 1320. 11% 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 Lincoln?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 28. 91% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.