UNL appears on annual magazine's list

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Students sit by fountain at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Photo byAlia Conley, NewsNetNebraska
Story by Alia Conley, NewsNetNebraska

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln made several lists on U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Colleges list. U.S. News uses 15 academic indicators, such as ACT scores, class rank, graduation and retention rates and financial resources, to rank the schools. Some of the important highlights:

  • UNL tied with seven others at No. 101 on the general “Best Universities” list. That’s an improvement from last year’s rank at No. 104.
  • The UCARE program, Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences, is featured on a list along with 28 other undergraduate research programs. For the first year, UNL made the list of schools that “get the nod for programs that help undergrads thrive.”
  • UNL made the new “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list, which focuses on non-high school superstars who can go to a great college and succeed.
  • UNL appeared on the “Least Debt” list, with 60 percent of graduates who have an average debt of $16,664.

Craig Munier, the director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for UNL, said students are borrowing about one-fourth of their total college costs  – a reasonable amount to pay off.

“We’re below the national average for graduate debt for public four-year universities of our type. UNL is very affordable.”

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