University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) was founded in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney. Renamed a few times since then, the school has been known as the University of Nebraska at Kearney since 1991, when it joined the university system. The school has approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students. The 235-acre campus has more than 37 buildings and students can participate any of more than 160 student organizations. Classes average 25 students or fewer. UNK is also the only campus in Nebraska that participates in the National Student Exchange program, which allows students to attend one of 175 colleges or universities across the globe for either a semester or a full year. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” guide ranks the university 44 among regional universities in the Midwest.
Undergraduate programs at UNK are offered through four colleges: the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Technology, and the College of Education. Students can select from 170 undergraduate majors, 25 pre-professional programs, and 34 graduate programs. The most popular include accounting/finance; teacher education; and health, physical education, recreation and leisure studies. Graduate degrees are available in fields such as communication disorders, English, and history.
UNK also offers an Honors Program, a rigorous curriculum for undergraduates who desire opportunities to take innovative courses, participate in undergraduate research, volunteer, and travel both abroad and domestically. High caliber students participate in the cross-disciplinary program and must fulfill certain requirements to apply.
The University of Nebraska-Kearney is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has been since 1916. The school has also received specialized accreditation for specific programs. Speech-language pathology programs are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music; and teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
First-time freshmen are guaranteed admission if they meet core course requirements in high school. In addition, they must rank in the upper one-half of their high school graduating class and have an ACT score of at least 20 or an SAT combined score of 950 for the verbal and math sections. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 to receive consideration. To apply, students must submit a completed application, all high school and/or college transcripts, and the $45 non-refundable application fee. The University of Nebraska-Kearney has a rolling admissions deadline, meaning that applications are accepted year-round. Its acceptance rate is 85.4%.
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Office of Admissions
905 W. 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68849
(308) 865-8526 or 1-800-KEARNEY