University of Nebraska-Omaha Review

Low tuition rates and some of the most flexible credit transfer policies around help the online bachelor's program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha appeal to students of all kinds.

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The Good

Affordable in-state tuition rate:

The University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) is home to one of the most affordable online bachelor’s degree programs in the country on a cost-per-credit basis for in-state students. As an online bachelor’s degree student, you pay tuition of $250 per credit. In comparison, many other top online bachelor’s degree programs charge tuition rates of nearly twice this amount or more. After factoring in general school fees for online students, which are comparable with other online programs, UNO is one of the top options for cost-conscious students.

Flexible credit transfer policies:

Virtually all credits earned from a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university are eligible for transfer toward a University of Nebraska-Omaha online degree. Additionally, credit is granted for many types of non-traditional education programs not commonly accepted by other bachelor’s programs, such as workplace training programs and military service school programs. If you are a returning student looking to complete your degree online, these flexible credit transfer policies can amount to a big advantage over other online programs. Whatever type of past training or coursework you might have, it’s worth your time to ask a UNO enrollment adviser whether it meets the transfer requirements.

Helpful one-on-one enrollment advising services:

Access to expert guidance and advice is invaluable when you are evaluating online bachelor’s degree programs. UNO performs very well in this respect, offering prospective students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an academic adviser, either in person or by telephone. The advising session is designed to provide all the information you need to understand the application and enrollment process, to evaluate your degree options according to your personal goals, and to assess your past academic and training record. After scheduling an appointment online, simply fax all your educational transcripts, training program certificates, and military service documentation to your adviser, who prepares a detailed evaluation before your advising session. You can even learn whether your past education and training can be transferred as credit toward a degree.

Decent mix of degree options:

While the University of Nebraska-Omaha offers only a single online bachelor’s degree, in general studies, students can choose to focus on one of eight different subjects within that degree program. Concentration subjects include information technology, management information systems, geography, political science, and criminal justice, among several other options. Although some of the best online bachelor’s programs offer more degrees than UNO does, the university’s study options are solid.

The Bad

Low student retention rates:

As the latest latest U.S. News & World Report survey of online bachelor’s degree programs reports, the University of Nebraska-Omaha could stand some improvement in its student retention rates. In each of the last four years, no more than 44% of newly enrolled students continued into a second year of study. Most other top online bachelor’s programs report retention rates of 60% or more, with some programs retaining 80% or even 90% of students past the first year of study. While the causes for this are unclear, it would be nice to see the university implement additional student engagement programs to encourage students to continue with their studies.

No live online tutoring services available:

The University of Nebraska-Omaha offers a variety of helpful student services and, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranks among the top 10 online bachelor’s degree programs in terms of student services and technology. However, the university is one of the few top online bachelor’s degree programs to lack an online tutoring service. Other top online programs offer free tutoring that utilizes online communication and collaboration software, which is a great way to get personalized help when you need it. Adding online tutoring services would go a long way toward helping UNO raise its stature among the top online bachelor’s programs in the country.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 1997 - 1998
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $45
  • Application Requirements: Transcripts, Test Scores
  • Location: NE
  • Number of Bachelor's Programs: 10
  • Region: Northeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $250
  • Out-of-State: $464

Degrees

  • Degrees: Adult Development and Aging, Business Administration and Management, Criminology, General Studies, Geography, Information Science, Information Technology, Political Science and Government, Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Sociology

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: N/A
  • Average Student Age: 28
  • Gender Ratio: 57.7% female, 42.3% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 40
  • Total Enrollment: 2,529

Faculty

  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 5 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 68
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 81

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 39%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 32%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012): 40%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 57%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2009-2010): 11%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2010-2011): 14%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 16%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2012-2013): 18%

U.S. Rankings

  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 78
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 68/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 49
  • Student Engagement Score: 69/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 19
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 63/100

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