University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

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UNL can be found in Lincoln, NE, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. University of Nebraska-Lincoln enrolls about 26,000 students annually.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 1120 (25th percentile) - 1360 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 22 (25th percentile) - 28 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants admitted to UNL. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UNL average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.52 for accepted students. UNL has an acceptance rate of about 78% with 36% of applicants deciding to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the UNL acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 70%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UNL Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Nebraska-Lincoln was reported as 78.2% in Fall 2020 with over 16,800 applications submitted to University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UNL ACT Scores: 22 - 28
  • UNL Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 75.3%
  • 2017-2018: 64.4%
  • 2018-2019: 79.6%
  • 2019-2020: 78.2%
  • Projected UNL Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 70.4%

How Does UNL Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Nebraska-Lincoln is thirty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Nebraska at Omaha83.5%
Kansas State University95.4%
University of Kansas93.1%
University of Missouri-Kansas City61.3%
Iowa State University92.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UNL (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 670
Math560 - 690
Total Score1120 - 1360
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 27
Math21 - 28
Composite Score22 - 28
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