Best Colleges in Omaha

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Yes, Omaha is one of those cities you don’t readily find on a map or even hear people talking about. But, it’s actually a best-kept secret, so let’s keep it between you and me. Omaha is the corporate headquarters for 5 Fortune 500 companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, ConAgra Foods, Peter Kiewit, and Mutual of Omaha. And the unemployment rate is an amazing 3.8%, which is substantially lower than the national average.* High concentration areas include healthcare services, finance, education, business, and insurance,* and interested students may attend any one of 11 4-year institutions in the area.*

It’ll never get any easier to find the popular attractions in a city than in it is in Omaha. Fifteen giant blue push pins mark checkpoints you definitely want to check out such as the famous Henry Doorly Zoo, the Pedestrian Bridge, or the unique shopping boutiques of Old Market.* There are also a variety of festivals, museums, and musical heritage, including Omaha Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival and MAHA Music Festival. If Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest people, thinks it’s a good idea to live in Omaha, then you’d better listen.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *www.cityofomaha.org *www.bea.gov *www.visitomaha.com

Best Four Year Universities in Omaha

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Creighton University Omaha, NE

Creighton University offers 224 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,467 students graduated with students earning 1,145 Bachelor's degrees, 779 Doctoral degrees, 469 Master's degrees, 72 Certificates degrees, and 2 Associate's degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
2 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE

University of Nebraska at Omaha offers 215 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 3,422 students graduated with students earning 2,401 Bachelor's degrees, 848 Master's degrees, 146 Certificates degrees, and 27 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
3 Clarkson College Omaha, NE

Clarkson College offers 36 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 471 students graduated with students earning 183 Master's degrees, 163 Bachelor's degrees, 71 Certificates degrees, 54 Associate's degrees.

4 Grace University Omaha, NE

Grace University offers 35 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 240 students graduated with students earning 203 Bachelor's degrees, 31 Master's degrees, 6 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health offers 36 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 409 students graduated with students earning 203 Bachelor's degrees, 97 Associate's degrees, 85 Master's degrees, 24 Certificates degrees.

6 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE

College of Saint Mary offers 42 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 430 students graduated with students earning 185 Bachelor's degrees, 156 Master's degrees, 44 Associate's degrees, 33 Certificates degrees, and 12 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University offers 58 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,830 students graduated with students earning 1,863 Bachelor's degrees, 960 Master's degrees, and 7 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE

University of Nebraska Medical Center offers 67 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,268 students graduated with students earning 463 Bachelor's degrees, 452 Doctoral degrees, 285 Master's degrees, and 68 Certificates degrees.

9 Kaplan University-Omaha Campus Omaha, NE

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus offers 79 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 294 students graduated with students earning 106 Associate's degrees, 103 Certificates degrees, 72 Bachelor's degrees, and 13 Master's degrees.

10 The Creative Center Omaha, NE

The Creative Center offers 2 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 38 students graduated with students earning 23 Associate's degrees, and 15 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Omaha

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Western Community College offers 67 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,428 students graduated with students earning 923 Associate's degrees, and 505 Certificates degrees.

2 Metropolitan Community College Area Omaha, NE

Metropolitan Community College Area offers 145 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,931 students graduated with students earning 1,593 Associate's degrees, and 338 Certificates degrees.

3 Universal College of Healing Arts Omaha, NE

Universal College of Healing Arts offers 4 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 24 students graduated with students earning 24 Certificates degrees.

4 Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University Omaha, NE

Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University offers 14 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 149 students graduated with students earning 128 Certificates degrees, and 21 Associate's degrees.

5 Vatterott College-Spring Valley Omaha, NE

Vatterott College-Spring Valley offers 18 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 124 students graduated with students earning 70 Certificates degrees, and 54 Associate's degrees.

6 CHI Health School of Radiologic Technology Omaha, NE

CHI Health School of Radiologic Technology offers 2 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 20 students graduated with students earning 20 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Creighton University Creighton University Omaha, NE
5/5
12 : 1 8,435
University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
2/5
23 : 1 15,526
Clarkson College Clarkson College Omaha, NE
3/5
23 : 1 1,254
Grace University Grace University Omaha, NE
4/5
14 : 1 471
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
3/5
17 : 1 1,000
College of Saint Mary College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
5/5
17 : 1 1,001
Bellevue University Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
2/5
48 : 1 9,760
Iowa Western Community College Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
2/5
24 : 1 6,472
Metropolitan Community College Area Metropolitan Community College Area Omaha, NE
2/5
26 : 1 14,812
University of Nebraska Medical Center University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 9 : 1 3,790
University Logo Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics Omaha, NE 11 : 1 121
Universal College of Healing Arts Universal College of Healing Arts Omaha, NE
4/5
5 : 1 25
Kaplan University-Omaha Campus Kaplan University-Omaha Campus Omaha, NE
4/5
36 : 1 678
The Creative Center The Creative Center Omaha, NE
5/5
13 : 1 64
ITT Technical Institute-Omaha ITT Technical Institute-Omaha Omaha, NE
4/5
15 : 1 312
University Logo Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University Omaha, NE
3/5
11 : 1 104
Xenon International Academy-Omaha Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE 13 : 1 194
University Logo E Q School of Hair Design Council Bluffs, IA 12 : 1 47
Vatterott College-Spring Valley Vatterott College-Spring Valley Omaha, NE 6
Nebraska Christian College Nebraska Christian College Papillion, NE
4/5
10 : 1 130
University Logo CHI Health School of Radiologic Technology Omaha, NE 7 : 1 19
National American University-Bellevue National American University-Bellevue Bellevue, NE
3/5
31 : 1 121
University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus Omaha, NE

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Omaha

Questions About Going to College in Omaha

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Omaha?

Omaha’s land may be flat, but its job opportunities are growing — by 1.5% in the past year alone*. The unemployment rate is at a low 3.3%**. Some people may hear Nebraska and think farmyards and outhouses, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The median household income is at $60,566 (with a low cost of living), and 31% of Cornhuskers have a bachelor’s degree or higher. So you may have to go elsewhere to find your Farmer Joe.

*Forbes.com, 2016 **Bls.gov

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Omaha? Growing industries?

The “Gateway to the West” has opened to banking, insurance, and telecommunications. Fortune 500 companies have found their land of opportunity here, like the Mutual of Omaha, ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific, Kiewit, and Berkshire Hathaway. And medical students can find their place at the University of Nebraska Medical Center or Alegent Health. Whatever your skill or degree, you can find opportunity here. Plus, if you do well enough, Warren Buffett — the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway — could become your next-door neighbor.

Is Omaha more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

Like most large cities, Omaha caters to young pupils and those looking to settle down and set roots. More than 35% of the Omaha population is 24 years or younger with a median age of 35.2 years. No matter your age or occupation, you’ll love the cost of living, which is 6.1% lower than the national average.

Ten colleges and universities keep students flocking to Omaha:
• University of Nebraska
• Nebraska Methodist College
• Nebraska Christian College
• Metropolitan Community College
• Grace University
• Doane College
• Creighton University
• College of Saint Mary
• Clarkson College
• Bellevue University

Families can find homes for an average of $166,200. They can get to work or back in about 20 to 30 minutes, with manageable traffic. And they can enjoy putting local meat on the table with Omaha Steak next door.

What do the locals in Omaha like to do for fun?

Four seasons means something to do for all interests: bike riding, hunting, snowmobiling, and more. But like most of America, Omahans like their beer, and they like their sports. During football season, you’ll find a Cornhusker throwing a house party or watching the game from Lucky Bucket, Beertopia, or Upstream. North Omahans like their jazz and blues, and they can even lay claim to the Dreamland Ballroom where Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong played. Others have helped ramp up the indie music scene. The hipster and alternative crowd bobs their heads to tunes at Slowdown, the Waiting Room Lounge, and Barley Street Tavern. And no matter who calls Omaha home, everyone enjoys the Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the top 10 zoos in the nation!

What’s the dating scene like in Omaha? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Did your mother tell you not to talk to strangers? Well Omaha mothers don’t say this. Omahans are too nice to think anyone strange, so they’ll strike up a conversation with anyone. That means you’ll be able to meet a variety of people with ease. And once you’ve made a spark with someone, you’ll be sure to find romance. Show your date your fun kid side at Henry Doorly Zoo. Tickle your humor at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Solve a murder at the Dinner Detective. Take a walk when the snow isn’t falling on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Or leave the city for a quick ride to watch sunset in the countryside. Your perfect someone is waiting — with a smile to share.

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