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University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, NE

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About This Campus

The public, residential University of Nebraska at Kearney is an affordable, student-centered regional hub of intellectual, cultural and artistic excellence that has been a prominent part of Nebraska's higher education landscape for more than a century. As one of four campuses of the University of Nebraska, UNK offers access to all the opportunities and choices of a major public university. UNK also offers a wide range of academic programs that lead to exciting careers, nationally-renowned faculty, a rich and diverse campus life and a home away from home. But what truly distinguishes UNK is its commitment to providing an outstanding education in a small and personal setting. It is a university that quickly transforms nearly 7,100 students from across the globe into a close-knit, supportive community of friends. It is a place they will forever call “home”.

Location Information

UNK is in the middle of Kearney, Nebraska, a vibrant, progressive and growing community of over 32,000 people and the kind of city that visitors are often tempted to settle down in, for life. Kearney often makes national “top places to live” listings for numerous reasons, but it all comes down to this: Kearney offers a great quality of life. Kearney is a 4 ½ hour drive to Denver to the west, 5-hour drive to Kansas City to the southeast and 2 ½ hours to Omaha to the east.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Kearney
Population | 33,000
Enrollment | 6,327
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/18
Spring | 01/13-05/07

Campus Diversity

White | 76%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 9%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs

Notable Academic Programs

  • Industrial Distribution - UNK’s Industrial Distribution degree program prepares students for careers in technical sales and for future business leadership roles. Course offerings provide students with professional, technical, business, communication, and leadership competencies.
  • Supply and Logistics Management - UNK responded to marketplace demand by developing an Emphasis area in Supply Chain Management and a Supply Chain Management Minor. SCM recruiters are looking for individuals with specific knowledge, even for entry level positions. Careers in the field include industrial buyers, logistics analysts, production planners, transportation managers, warehouse managers and many more. SCM is listed as one of the 20 hot job tracks for the 21st century.
  • Educational Studies - UNK's teacher education department has been the backbone of the educational system since its beginning as Nebraska State Normal School in 1905. Many of our Nebraska teachers, coaches, principals and superintendents have education credentials from UNK. This 112-year history educating Nebraska's educators brings an unmatched reputation and legacy that our graduates take with them to their schools and throughout their careers.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aviation Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Business

Area Studies: International Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Interior Design, Studio Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education, Sports Communication, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Molecular Biology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Finance and Operation Management, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Multimedia, Organizational Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Telecommunications, Visual Design/Web Media, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Science, System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geosciences, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Business and Marketing Education, Driver and Safety Education, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, French, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Theatre Education

Engineering: Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Writing

Environmental Studies: Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Management

General Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Spatial Geographic Information Science

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Exercise Science, Health Education, Health Science, Medical Technology, Respiratory Therapy

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Distribution, Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: French, German, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Astrophysics, Physics

Political Science: Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Leisure Studies, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Sports Administration

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Construction Technology, Cyber Operations, Industrial Technology


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/26/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3854.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/26/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $45 Year Plan A Mandatory
Housing Deposit $50 Year Plan A Mandatory
Activity Fee $102 Year Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $155 Year Plan A Mandatory
Library Fee $94 Year Plan A Mandatory
ID Card $4 Year Plan A Mandatory
Technology Fee $165 Year Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $100 Year Plan A Mandatory
Orientation Fee $60 Year Plan A Mandatory
Student Union Fee $50 Year Plan A Mandatory

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
Use FAFSA CODE: 002551

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/26/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 40% living on campus
  • Double: $2646
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: close
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2458 per semester for 20 meals per week.
  • $2411 per semester for 15 meals per week.
  • $2291 per semester for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
The All Access Meal Plans will provide the students unrestricted access to The Market@27th and Louie’s Diner. This includes multiple visits throughout the day for meals, snacks or even just to sit with friends. The All Access Meal Plans have no meal periods nor does it limit the number of meals per week. The All Access Meal Plans include 580, 460 or 340 in Dining Points. Dining Points are purchased in conjunction with meal plans and are accepted like cash in all campus dining locations. Dining Points are a “declining balance account” that works on the same principle as a debit card.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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