University of Nebraska, Kearney

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Founded in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney (also referred to as "UNK", the University of Nebraska at Kearney today is a part of the University of Nebraska system. It traces its roots back to March 1903, when the Nebraska State Legislature green-lighted $50,000 for the construction of a school in western Nebraska.

Later that year, the city of Kearney's offer of 20 acres and Green Terrace Hall at the western edge of the city was accepted. In 1904, construction began, and in the summer of 1905, the first classes were held. Only women were enrolled the first year, since it was a teaching school, but Men's Hall was soon constructed to allow male students as well.

Today, the UNK campus sits on a 258-acre campus with 32 buildings. However, not all buildings are used for academic purposes.


There are four different colleges at UNK:

  • The College of Fine Arts and Humanities
  • The College of Natural and Social Sciences
  • The College of Business and Technology
  • The College of Education

There are 48 different areas of study, ranging from ethnic studies to industrial technology to women's studies.

Financial Aid

UNK offers a range of scholarships to meet student need. These are both need-based and merit-based and include awards for incoming freshmen, continuing students, transfer students, supply chain management incoming freshmen and future Nebraska bankers. Federal funding is also available through loans and grants.


The Calvin T. Ryan Library offers access to books, non-print resources, archival materials and federal and state government documents. In addition, 161 databases connect users with more than 10,000 e-books and more than 61,000 electronic journals.


UNK's athletic teams are known as the Lopers. The school participates in the NCAA at the Division II level and is part of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association for most sports. However, women's swimming and diving teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Student Housing

UNK has 13 student housing halls, including the towers of Centennial West and East and University Residence North and South.

General Information

Admission Office

905 West 25th

Kearney, NE 68849

(308) 865-8526

(800) 532-7639

Fax: (308) 865-8987

Contact: Dusty Newton

Director of Admissions
Main Address

905 West 25th

Kearney, NE 68849

(308) 865-8441

Total undergrads: 5,104

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,045

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,911

Graduate enrollment: 1,439


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: $45

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 80%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Office Clerical Services B
Office Management B
Operations Management B
Travel/Tourism Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Education of Learning Disabled B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Education of Multiple Handicapped B
Education of Physically Handicapped B
Education of Speech Impaired B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Business B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Housing Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Language Interpretation/Translation B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Medical Radiologic Technology B
Respiratory Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Nebraska at Kearney Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (308) 865-8441
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2504 9th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68849-1212
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 6,279
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 61%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,184 (35% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,752
Out-of-state Tuition: $13,854
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,217

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Nebraska at Kearney Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 258
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31
Health Professions and Related Programs 21
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 5
Visual and Performing Arts 32
Grand total 23816

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Nebraska at Kearney and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,752
Out-of-state $13,854
Books and supplies $952

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,381
Out-of-state $14,629

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 878 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 797 85% $7,217
Student loan aid 469 50% $5,667

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,508 78% $9,164
Federal student loans 1,958 44% $5,777

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Nebraska at Kearney. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Nebraska at Kearney students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,324 2,045 3,279
Percent admitted 100% 84% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 16% 16% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Nebraska at Kearney Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 6,279
Undergraduate enrollment 4,429
Graduate enrollment 1,850

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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