Nebraska contains ten schools that offer astronomy programs. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the highest-ranking astronomy school in NE, has a total student population of 51,659 and is the 31st highest ranked school in America.
Of the 10 astronomy schools in Nebraska, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan University comes out as the most expensive ($23,227/yr), with University of Wyoming as the lowest recorded at only $9,676/yr.
Astronomy students from Nebraska schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
Also, within the astronomy schools in Nebraska, the average student population is 2,686 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Aside from astronomy, there are 1891 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,500 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $3,844, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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