With a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska, EducationQuest Foundation monitors college access data to help with EducationQuest’s planning efforts.

EducationQuest is sharing the following data to help you better understand Nebraska’s current college access performance and needs. EducationQuest will provide updates as new information is received.

Levels of education for Nebraska residents, ages 25-64
Level of education for Nebraska residents, ages 25-64

25.2% of Nebraska adults between the ages of 25 to 64 have some college, but no degree. Focusing efforts to encourage these students to return to college and finish their credentials is key to ensuring Nebraska will be able to fill the projected 207,000 job vacancies that will require postsecondary credentials by 2018.
Source: Help Wanted, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; 2010 Educational Attainment, U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey
Nebraska’s College-Going Rate
Level of education for Nebraska residents, ages 25-64

Nebraska’s 2015 college-going rate was 71%. This rate includes all Nebraska public high school graduates (data from private high schools is not available).

Source: Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

High School Graduation Rate
High School Graduation Rate

Nebraska’s 2014 four-year high school graduation rate was 88.7%. This is a slight increase over the 2013 rate of 88.5%. The cohort rate measures those students who graduate within four years of starting high school. Currently, private high schools are not included in the rate.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

ACT Facts

By the numbers:

  • 21.5 – Average Nebraska score
    • 21.0 – Average national score
  • 22.5 – Average score of Nebraska students who completed college-preparatory CORE curriculum
    • 21.8 – Average score of Nebraska students who took less than the CORE curriculum
  • 18.8 – Average composite score of Nebraska students who did not complete the college-preparatory core

Source: Nebraska Department of Education, 2014-15 data