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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 33,000 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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Kearney
Population | 33,000
Enrollment | 6,225
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/15
Spring | 01/24-05/12

Campus Diversity

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


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training
  • Aviation Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Family Studies
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Industrial Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Technology
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Organizational Communications
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Management
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports and Leisure Studies
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management


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 / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/08/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $3970.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $45 Year Host Mandatory
Housing Deposit $50 Year Host Mandatory
Activity Fee $122 Semester Host Mandatory
Recreation Fee $63 Semester Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $118 Semester Host Mandatory
Library Fee $94 Semester Host Mandatory
ID Card $4 Semester Host Mandatory
Technology Fee $165 Semester Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $100 Year Host Mandatory
Orientation Fee $60 Year Host Mandatory
Student Union Fee $50 Semester Host Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/08/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 40% living on campus
  • Double: $2859
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans 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.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/08/21


  • Health records due by: admission
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Polio
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis

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