With a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska, EducationQuest monitors and shares college access data to help with our planning efforts, and to help you understand Nebraska’s college access performance and needs. 

College-Going Rate

Nebraska’s 2020 college-going rate was 66.9%.

  • This rate reflects the percentage of Nebraska public high school regular on-time 2020 graduates who were enrolled in college by May 2021 divided by the total number of graduates.
  • The data does not include private high school graduates.

Sources: Nebraska Department of Education and National Student Clearinghouse

This information is maintained and released by Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Find individual Nebraska public high school information on CCPE’s website. 

High School Graduation Rate

Nebraska’s 2021 four-year high school graduation rate was 87.6%.

  • This rate is calculated by dividing the number of on-time (four years or less) regular high school cohort graduates by the total number of students in the graduation cohort.
  • The data does not include private high school graduates.
  • This is a slight increase over the 2020 rate of 87.5%.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Find individual public high school information in NDE’s Nebraska Education Profile. 

Nebraska’s Educational Attainment

Of Nebraskans 25 years and older:

  • 8.6% do not have a high school diploma
  • 26.1% have only a high school diploma
  • 22.8% have started college, but do not have a degree
  • 10.6% have an associate’s degree
  • 21.0% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 10.9% have a graduate or professional degree

Source: US Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates