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Admissions Requirements

What type of student are you?

First-Year College Student

You are a high school senior or have attempted fewer than 12 semester college credits since graduating from high school.

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Admissions Requirements: First-Year College Student

You are guaranteed admission if you meet the core course requirements and at least one performance requirement. If you don't meet these requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway—your admission will be determined by a committee appointed by the Director of Admissions and your complete academic profile will be considered.

Performance Requirements

First-Year applicants should:

  • Score 20 or higher on the ACT, writing portion not required.
  • Or, score a total of 950 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections.
  • Or, rank in the top half of their high school graduating class.
  • All first-year applicants under the age of 23 are required to submit an official ACT or SAT score.

Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.

High School Classes

Here is a list of Nebraska high school classes that count toward core course requirements.

Ways to Meet Admission Requirements

If you are missing courses required for admission, there are ways to remove the deficiencies before you enroll.


Transfer

You graduated from high school and are currently taking/attempted more than 12 semester college credits or you have a military transcript.

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Admissions Requirements: Transfer

You are guaranteed admission if you meet the core course requirements and the performance requirements. If you don't meet these requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway—your admission will be determined by a committee appointed by the Director of Admissions and your complete academic profile will be considered.


Performance Requirements

Transfer applicants should:

  • Demonstrate a 2.0 ("C" average) cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all college-level coursework.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA for the most recent term of attendance.

Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.

High School Classes

Here is a list of Nebraska high school classes that count toward core course requirements.

Ways to Meet Admission Requirements

If you are missing courses required for admission, there are ways to remove the deficiencies before you enroll.


Visiting

You want to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for one semester, be a part-time student at UNL, or aren't seeking a degree.

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Admissions Requirements: Visiting

Visiting students are not seeking a degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln but plan to attend for one term, generally taking 6 credit hours or less.


To Apply

Complete the online application and select "Visiting" as your type of application and pay the $45 application fee. Visiting students may attend for the spring, summer, or fall terms.

Each application is only good for one term; therefore, if you plan to attend as a visiting student for multiple terms you must apply separately for each term.

No additional documentation is needed for a visiting student application. High school and college transcripts are not required unless specifically requested.


Additional Credit Hours

Most visiting students take 6 credit hours or less. If you need to take additional credit hours, you may send an email to admissions@unl.edu stating the number of credit hours you plan to take and the reason you are taking more than 6 hours. You may also work with an academic advisor in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center to determine courses and the number of credit hours needed.

If you are a high school visiting student, your high school guidance counselor will indicate the number of credit hours you are available to take on the High School Student Hour Approval form.


Returning

You have previously attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as a degree-seeking student and you would like to return and complete your degree.

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Admissions Requirements: Returning

Academic Dismissal

Returning students who were academically dismissed should review the Academic Dismissal Information for Students.

In addition, students must also complete the Returning Student Questionnaire.


Intercampus & Change of Campus

You are currently enrolled at another NU campus and want to take classes or enroll at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Admissions Requirements: Change of Campus/Intercampus

Intercampus vs Change of Campus

If you are a student a UNK, UNMC, UNO or NCTA and wish to transfer to UNL, or change campuses to become a degree-seeking student at UNL, you will complete the Change of Campus application as well as UNL's Transfer Student Application. Change of campus students must submit high school and college transcripts to UNL's Office of Admissions. Visit the transfer student admission requirements section for more information about required documents and admission requirements.

Intercampus applicants are students who want to remain degree-seeking students at their home institution (UNK, UNMC, UNO or NCTA) and only take courses at UNL for a term. No additional documentation is needed for an intercampus student application. High school and college transcripts are not required unless specifically requested.


Intercampus

You're currently enrolled at UNK, UNMC, UNO, or NCTA and you would like to take coursework at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for a term but you still want to graduate from your home campus.


To Apply

Complete the online intercampus application. More information can be found on the University of Nebraska Intercampus site.

Each intercampus application is only good for one term; therefore, if you plan to attend UNL as an intercampus student for multiple terms, you must apply separately for each term.

In most situations, you must still be an active student (have enrolled within the last 3 terms) and be eligible to enroll on your degree-seeking campus in order to apply intercampus.


Change of Campus

You're currently enrolled at UNK, UNMC, UNO, or NCTA and you would like change your home campus and graduate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

To Apply

You can save your application and return to it at any time. Once your application is submitted, we'll get back to you soon with your admission status. Select ‘Transfer' on the application when applying to change campuses.

In addition to applying as a transfer student on the online application, you will need to submit a Change of Campus form.


International & Intensive English Students

You are coming to complete a degree or study English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from another country.

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Certificate Program

You're seeking an undergraduate certificate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Admissions Requirements: Certificate Program

You're seeking an undergraduate certificate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


The Decision Process

Admission decisions are determined by a committee appointed by the Director of Admissions. Your complete academic profile will be considered for admission.


Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.

High School Classes

Here is a list of Nebraska high school classes that count toward core course requirements.

Ways to Meet Admission Requirements

If you are missing courses required for admission, there are ways to remove the deficiencies before you enroll.


Home School Student

You've taken home-school classes and you're ready for higher education.

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Admissions Requirements: Home School

ACT/SAT Scores

While we will accept either ACT or SAT test scores for admission purposes, we encourage you to take the ACT exam. Plan to take the exam in the spring of your junior year. You may take the exam more than once; only the highest composite test score will be used to determine admission status.

Scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing organization.


For the Student

Here is a list of what the home-school student must provide to be considered for admission.

  • Students who have taken courses in foreign language must include a description of how they learned the verbal component of the language (i.e. tutor, tapes).
  • Students who completed courses in a school other than their home-school (traditional high school and/or college) must also submit an official copy of their academic transcript from this school.
  • You may also be asked to provide a copy of the most recent "statement of objection and assurances by parent or guardian" on file with the Nebraska State Department of Education.

For the Teacher/Administrator

The primary teacher/administrator of the home school must provide:

  • A copy of the letter confirming you filed with the Nebraska State Department of Education.
  • A typed transcript (in a semester format) of the courses the student completed in the home school environment. Include the following:
    • Grades or averages earned in each course must be included on the transcript.
    • A curriculum synopsis of the courses which parallel the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's 16 core course requirement.
    • The synopsis should include a brief description of each of these courses.
  • Textbook information listed by course including titles and authors.
  • A detailed description of how the applicant fulfilled the natural science laboratory requirement.

NOTE: Additional supporting documents may be requested to assist officials in making an admission decision.


Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.

High School Classes

Here is a list of Nebraska high school classes that count toward core course requirements.

Ways to Meet Admission Requirements

If you are missing courses required for admission, there are ways to remove the deficiencies before you enroll.


GED

You have your GED and you're ready to take the next step.

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Admissions Requirements: GED

If you have completed the General Equivalency Diploma (GED), you may be eligible for admission if you complete the core course requirements. Some credit can be assigned to these requirements based on subject area scores on the GED exam, but this alone will not be sufficient to meet the core course requirements. Courses from any high school or college level work completed in conjunction with the GED exam may provide you with enough academic background for admission to be granted.


The Decision Process

Admission decisions are determined by a committee appointed by the Director of Admissions. Your complete academic profile will be considered for admission.


Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.

High School Classes

Here is a list of Nebraska high school classes that count toward core course requirements.

Ways to Meet Admission Requirements

If you are missing courses required for admission, there are ways to remove the deficiencies before you enroll.


High School Graduates before 1997

It's been a while, but you're ready to continue your education.

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Admissions Requirements: High School Graduates before 1997

If you graduated from high school prior to January 1997 and you are ready to continue your education, here are the requirements for admission.

You must first meet the core course requirements listed below for general admission. If you would like to study in a specific college, you must meet their specific requirements to be admitted.

Students who only meet general admission requirements will be admitted to and advised in the Explore Center.


Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.

General Admissions Requirements
Category Requirements

English/Language Arts

4 units lang arts:

  • 3 units English; includes 1 unit English comp
  • 1 unit from English, speech, journalism, lit, or foreign lang

Mathematics

2 units math:

  • 1 unit algebra
  • 1 unit geometry, adv. algebra, trig, calc, or algebra-based computer science

Natural Sciences

2 units of sciences:

  • biology
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • earth
  • OR life sciences

Social Sciences

2 units social sciences:

  • American government
  • American history
  • world history
  • anthropology
  • psychology
  • OR sociology

Class Rank or ACT/SAT

Must have taken the above courses:

  • OR graduate in the upper half of your class
  • OR have a 20 ACT or SAT (Critical Reading and Math only) of 950)

Transfer Requirements

You also must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • AND a 2.0 for the most recent term attended

Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Agricultural sciences and natural resources requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts
  • 3 units of English
  • 1 unit of language arts
Mathematics 3 units of math
Natural Sciences 2 units of natural sciences
Social Sciences 2 units of social sciences
Electives 5 units electives
Transfer Requirements

You also must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • AND a 2.0 for the most recent term attended

Architecture

Architecture requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts

4 units language arts

  • 2 units English
  • 1 unit English composition
  • AND 1 unit from
    • speech
    • journalism
    • literature
    • OR foreign language
Mathematics

PreArch:

  • 2 units algebra
  • 1 unit geometry
  • .5 unit trigonometry or precalculus

Pre-Interior Design:

  • 2 units algebra
  • 1 unit from geometry, trigonometry, or precalculus
Natural Sciences

2 units of natural sciences

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • botany
  • geology
  • OR physiology
Social Sciences

2 units of social sciences

  • American government
  • American history
  • world history
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • OR anthropology
Other Requirements Pre-Arch Only: First-year college students must submit complete application materials by Mar. 15. Students will be admitted only once a year, with classes beginning fall semester
Class Rank or ACT/SAT Graduate in the upper quarter of your high school class or have a:
  • 22 ACT (comp)
  • OR 970 SAT (Critical Reading and Math only)
Transfer Requirements

Cumulative GPA of 2.6 and be in good standing.

PreArch only:
You must submit materials by Feb. 15 of each year


Arts & Sciences

Arts and sciences requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts 3 units of English (literature or composition)
Foreign Language 2 units of one foreign language
Mathematics

3 units math:

  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit geometry
Other Requirements

8 units selected from:

  • English
  • foreign language
  • math
  • natural science
  • social sciences
Transfer Requirements

You also must have:

  • GPA of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • AND a 2.0 for the most recent term attended
NOTE: Requirements differ for pre-professional programs.

College of Business Administration

College of Business Administration Requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts 3 units of English
Mathematics

3 units math:

  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit geometry
Other Requirements

5 units selected from:

  • 2 units from foreign language
  • OR 2 units from social sciences
Electives 5 units of electives
Transfer Requirements

You also must have:

  • cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
  • 2.0 for the most recent term attended

Education & Human Sciences

Education & Human Sciences Requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts
  • 4 units of language arts
  • 3 units of English includes:
    • 1 unit of English comp
    • 1 unit from speech, journalism, literature, foreign language
Mathematics

2 units of math includes 1 unit from:

  • geometry
  • advanced algebra
  • trigonometry
General math not accepted.
Natural Sciences

2 units of sciences:

  • biology
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • earth
  • life
  • general sciences
Social Sciences

2 units of social sciences:

  • American government
  • American history
  • world history
  • anthropology
  • geography
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • economics
Electives 6 units of electives
Class Rank or ACT/SAT
  • Graduate in the upper half of your class
  • OR have a 20 ACT (comprehensive)
  • OR 950 SAT (combined)
Transfer Requirements
  • a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
  • AND a 2.0 for the most recent term attended

Engineering

Engineering Requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts 3 units of English
Mathematics

3.5 units of math includes:

  • 2 units algebra
  • 1 unit of geometry
  • 1 unit pre-calculus/trigonometry
Natural Sciences

2 units of natural sciences includes:

  • 1 unit of physics
  • 1 unit chemistry
Other Requirements

4 units selected from:

  • English
  • math
  • foreign language
  • social sciences
  • OR natural sciences
Electives 3.5 units of electives
Class Rank or ACT/SAT

Must have a:

  • 24 ACT (comprehensive)
  • OR 1110 SAT (combined)
Transfer Requirements

Meet GPA requirements:

  • 2.5 for NE residents
  • 2.5 for non-residents from ABET or CEAB accredited engineering schools
  • OR 3.0 for nonresidents from other colleges and universities

Fine & Performing Arts

Fine & Performing Arts Requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts 3 units of English (literature or composition)
Foreign Language 2 units of 1 foreign language
Mathematics

3 units of math includes:

  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit geometry
Other Requirements

8 units from:

  • English
  • foreign language
  • math
  • natural science
  • OR social science

Music major or minor only:

Transfer Requirements
  • cumulative GPA of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • AND a 2.0 for the most recent term attended

Journalism & Mass Communications

Journalism & Mass Communications Requirements
Category Requirements
English/Language Arts 3 units English
Foreign Language 2 units of one foreign language
Mathematics

3 units of math includes:

  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit geometry
Other Requirements

9 units selected from:

  • English
  • foreign language
  • math
  • natural science
  • OR social sciences
Transfer Requirements
  • cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
  • AND a 2.0 for the most recent term attended

Do you qualify as a resident for tuition?

Because UNL is a state university, Nebraska residents and nonresidents have different tuition rates—residents of the state of Nebraska will be billed in-state tuition and non-residents will be billed out-of-state tuition. Use this calculator to find out if you may qualify for as a resident for tuition purposes.

Since this calculator is based on your input, it is not an official way to determine your residency status.

Policy

Did you graduate from a Nebraska high school or receive the equivalent of a high school diploma in Nebraska?

Do you currently live in Nebraska?

Have you established a home in Nebraska for 12 months or more, and did you primarily move here for reasons other than enrolling in a post-secondary institution?

For federal income tax purposes, are you considered a dependent of a parent/legal guardian who lives in Nebraska?

Are you married to a Nebraska resident?

Did your spouse have an established home in Nebraska prior to the marriage?

Are/were you (or your spouse or a parent/guardian) a member of the military?

Are you (or your spouse or a parent/guardian) on active duty?

Have you been assigned a permanent duty station in Nebraska, or is Nebraska your Home of Record?

Have you (or your spouse or parent/guardian) been off active duty for 3 years or fewer, and can you (or your spouse or parent/guardian) demonstrate objective intent to be a Nebraska resident?

Were you recruited to Nebraska for full-time employment because of your special talents or skills, or were you transferred to Nebraska by a business entity?

Are you the spouse or dependent of someone who was recruited to Nebraska for full-time employment because of their special talents or skills, or were they transferred to Nebraska by a business entity?

Are you (or your spouse or parent/guardian) an active-duty member of the military with Nebraska as your (or their) home of record?

Are you a member of one of the following Native American Tribes?

Arapaho, Arikara, Comanche, Crow, Dakota Sioux, Hidatsa, Iowa, Jicarilla Apache, Kickapoo, Kiowa, Lakota Sioux, Mandan, Missouria, Nakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Omaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Ponca, Potawatomie, Sac and Fox, Santee Sioux, Southern Cheyenne, and Winnebago

Have you, in the last 2 years, attended the University or a Nebraska state college as a resident for tuition purposes?

Are you a permanent staff member of the University of Nebraska, one of the Nebraska state colleges, or a community college in Nebraska with at least part-time employment?

Are you the spouse or dependent of someone who is a permanent staff member of the University of Nebraska, one of the Nebraska state colleges, or a community college in Nebraska with at least part-time employment?

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

If you've received a high school diploma (or its equivalent) in Nebraska, you're not only pretty awesome, but there's a good chance you qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL.

Upon admission, you will be classified as a resident for tuition purposes.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Generally, people who've lived in Nebraska for 12 months or more and didn't move to Nebraska primarily to enroll in a post-secondary institution qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL. We just want to make sure you experience the awesomeness of Nebraska first.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at the following categories for instructions:

  • A: Legal Age or Emancipated Minor
  • B: Dependent Minor
  • C: Legal Age Dependent
  • E: Asylee, Refugee or Permanent Resident Alien

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Generally, dependents of Nebraska residents qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL. You also qualify to be the wizard for our live action roleplay group (you know, only if you want to).

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at the following categories for instructions:

  • B: Dependent Minor
  • C: Legal Age Dependent

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

People who are married to someone who was a Nebraska resident prior to the marriage not only exhibit great decision making skills, they generally qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category D for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Active duty military personnel, their spouses, and their dependents generally qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL if they are stationed in Nebraska or if their home of record is in Nebraska. And just so you know, you're our hero of record.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category G for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Military veterans who have been off-duty for 3 years or fewer, or their spouse or dependents generally qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL if they establish residence Nebraska. (Legislation makes this category kind of complicated, so please contact us with any confusion.)

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category M for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

If you (or your spouse or parent/guardian) have been recruited or transferred to work in Nebraska by your employer, there's a good chance you qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category K for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Members of many Native American tribes qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category J for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Former students who qualified for in-state tuition previously will generally receive the in-state tuition rate at UNL if they re-enroll within 2 years. Though we can't promise a homecoming party, homecoming week is pretty fun.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category I for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

Staff members of the University, any Nebraska State College, and any Nebraska Community College along with their spouses and dependents generally qualify for the in-state tuition rate at UNL.

To be sure of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category F for instructions.

If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click the button below to see the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's full residency policy.

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Based on your answers, you likely do not qualify as a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes.

If you'd like to review your residency status, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Residency Policy

Determining your residency status is an important part of your application for admission at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Residents of the state of Nebraska will be billed in-state tuition and non-residents will be billed out-of-state tuition. Don't worry it's pretty simple, here's the gist.

Residency Application


You will be classified as a non-resident if:

  • You are not attending a Nebraska high school
  • Or, you are not a graduate of an accredited Nebraska high school

Qualifying for Residency Status For The Purpose of In-State Tuition

  • Persons of legal age (19 or older) or emancipated minors who:
    1. have established a home in Nebraska for at least 12 months.*
    2. AND can verify by documentation that he/she intends to make Nebraska their permanent residence.
  • Dependent students whose parent/guardian has established a home in Nebraska.
  • Persons who are married to Nebraska residents who had established a home in Nebraska prior to the marriage.
  • Permanent resident aliens or individuals who have been granted asylum or refugee status and who have established a home in Nebraska for at least 12 months.
  • Dependents or spouses of permanent university, state college, or community college employees in the State of Nebraska who have at least part-time (.5 FTE) employment status.
  • Active duty military personnel and their dependents whose permanent duty station or home of record is in Nebraska.
  • Persons who graduated from an accredited high school in Nebraska and were legal residents of Nebraska at the time of graduation.
  • Individuals who previously attended the University of Nebraska or one of the Nebraska state colleges as a resident within the last two years.
  • Individuals, and their spouses and dependents, who were recruited for full-time employment to the state of Nebraska because of their special talents or skills.
  • Members of tribes who live outside the state of Nebraska qualify for in-state tuition rates upon providing documentation of membership.
  • You need to apply for residency classification in order to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition.

NOTE: *Individuals who move to Nebraska primarily to enroll in a post-secondary institution in Nebraska will be considered a non-resident for tuition purposes for the duration of his/her attendance.


Native American Tribes Indigenous to Nebraska OR Tribes Migrated to or from the State of Nebraska

The following have been identified as Native American tribes indigenous to Nebraska or tribes that historically migrated to or from the state of Nebraska: Arapaho, Hidatsa, Missouria, Sac and Fox, Arikara, Jicarilla, Apache, Omaha, Dakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Iowa, Otoe, Lakota Sioux, Southern Cheyenne, Kickapoo, Pawnee, Nakota Sioux, Comanche, Kiowa, Ponca, Santee Sioux, Crow, Mandan, Potawatomie, and Winnebago

It is the responsibility of the student to submit a copy of his or her tribal card to the Office of Admissions if he/she wants to be considered a resident for tuition purposes. Students who do not provide this documentation will be determined to be non-residents without further notification.


Housing

All incoming students under the age of 19 or students who have not completed or transferred 27 or more accepted semester hours of post-secondary education as of the first day of fall semester classes are required to live in University-approved on-campus housing.


Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

In order to receive residency status for tuition purposes, you will want to review the list of requirements and apply to declare your residency (PDF).


Admission Checklist

1

Apply

First things first-apply and get admitted. Already did that? Then move on to the next step. You're well on your way to becoming Husker.

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2

Pay Enrollment Deposit

Reserve your spot with a $250 enrollment deposit. Afterwards, you'll receive housing and New Student Enrollment information.

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Enrollment Deposit Enrollment Deposit

The University of NebraskaLincoln requires a $250 enrollment deposit to be paid by the deadlines below to finalize your admission and secure your space in the incoming class.

  • Spring deposit deadline: December 1
  • Fall/Summer deposit deadline: May 1

The enrollment deposit is not a new fee. The $250 applies directly toward student orientation and new student programs.

Pay Enrollment Deposit


Who is Required to Pay the Enrollment Deposit?

The enrollment deposit is required for all new first-year, transfer and international students who are admitted.


Why Do I Need to Pay the Enrollment Deposit?

The enrollment deposit allows the UNIVERSITY to:

  • Effectively plan for class offerings and student resources in preparation for your arrival.
  • Provide an incentive for students to actively consider their college choice on an appropriate timeline, which increases their selection in housing, New Student Enrollment dates and classes.
  • Accurately report new student class data as part of the budgeting process.

The enrollment deposit allows YOU to:

  • Register for and attend orientation activities.
  • Receive more information about housing and other opportunities offered to students at NEBRASKA.

Deferment & Refunds

Criteria which may be considered for a deferment of the enrollment deposit include, but are not limited to:

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Status
  • Pell Grant Eligibility
  • GI Bill
  • A scholarship or combination of university scholarships which equal(s) the total cost of tuition, room and board,  and student fees.

You must also submit a formal application for deferment by May 1 (fall/summer applicants) or December 1 (spring applicants).

If your deferment request is approved, your advanced housing payment will also be deferred.


Refund

The enrollment deposit is fully refundable prior to the deposit deadlines.

  • Spring deposit deadline: December 1
  • Fall/Summer deposit deadline: May 1

If you choose not to attend UNL and do not request a refund on or before May 1, you will forfeit the full amount of your enrollment deposit.

To request a refund, you must submit the form below or request it in writing. To request in writing, an email may be sent from the email address you used on your application and be signed by you (the applicant).


Requesting Reinstatement

Admitted students who do not pay the deposit prior to the deadline forfeit their admission and aid. Students may request reinstatement by sending a letter to the admissions committee at:

UNL Admissions Committee
1410 Q St
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

OR email the committee at: admissions@unl.edu

  • Reinstatement of admission cannot be guaranteed.
  • Reinstatement of federal, state, and university aid is not guaranteed.
  • Please indicate the circumstances surrounding your late payment in your reinstatement request.

*NOTE - The Enrollment Deposit is not waived under any circumstance. The Enrollment Deposit is Non-Transferable.


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File FAFSA

Applying for federal financial aid is the best way to help pay for college. The deadline to apply is April 1. Contact us if you need help.

File FAFSA
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Sign Housing Contract

After you pay your enrollment deposit, you'll be able to complete your housing contract. Submit your contract early for better room choices.

University Housing
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Register for New Student Enrollment

NSE is a required orientation program that helps prepare you for your transition to college. Register early to get your pick of NSE dates.

More about NSE
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Check your Admission Status

To check your admission status, you'll need to visit the MyRED portal. We know it sounds like a fun portal where you might meet friends and electronically chat about what's going on in your life, but it's all business. Real business. Hard work business.

Even though MyRED means business, it is still willing to help you with things like:

  • Knowing your application status
  • Submitting your informal personal statement
  • Applying to the University Honors Program and the Raikes School
  • Paying your enrollment deposit
  • Submitting a housing contract
  • Signing up for a New Student Enrollment Date

You could thank MyRED for doing all these things, but that would be pointless... because MyRED is an emotionless computer robot that can't feel feelings.

Visit MyRed

Admission of Students on the Basis of Special Merit

Applicants who do not qualify for assured admission will automatically be considered for full admission to the University on the basis of special merit. The special merit process will make provisions for a variety of circumstances, including allowance for the special consideration to be given to: non- traditional students; returning adult students; students educated at home schools; students who do not meet the required performance criteria but who have performed at a high level of accomplishment towards the conclusion of their high school careers (sometimes called "late bloomers"); students who can provide evidence of special talents, such as outstanding musical performers; those with unique educational experience or career achievements, etc. Such students will be encouraged to provide evidence of their ability to do University level work. In addition, special consideration will be given to members of under-represented groups who present evidence of being able to succeed. Such applications will be considered by University admissions personnel following established policies and procedures. It must be emphasized that students once admitted through this process will be considered fully admitted and will not be considered by the University to have a provisional status. However, some students may have to complete specific University courses to compensate for having not completed all of the required core courses or equivalent educational attainments.


Admissions Committee

Per Admissions Office Procedures Manual in Accordance with RP- 5.2.1-4b—an Admissions Committees may admit students that do not meet the Board of Regents assured admissions requirements for full admission. These decisions are based upon a holistic review of an individual applicants student record including but not limited to: academic achievement (GPA, academic courses, class rank, standardized test scores), high school course availability, recommendation letters, and retention services. The Admissions Committee will utilize this information through the holistic review process to determine whether there are other indicia in the record that would contribute to the applicant's academic success at the University. The Office of Admissions has three committees that perform the above described work: First-Year college students; Transfer/International and Special Circumstances.

The Special Circumstances Committee will holistically review applicants with special merit that are required to participate in intrusive and successful retention programs such as, but not limited to, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, William H. Thompson Scholars, and Nebraska Athletics Support Services. The Director of Admissions must approve retention programs to be considered for the Special Circumstances Committee. Members of this committee will be appointed by the Director of Admissions.


Don't Forget

After meeting these requirements, you have to apply for admission and pay the $45 application fee to be considered for admission.


Applications After Published Admissions Deadlines

Any application received after the published deadline will be placed on a wait-list. The admissions committee will prioritize the wait-list based upon candidates that meet UNL's assured admission requirements.

Find out more about University of Nebraska–Lincoln assured admission requirements.

Please note there is no guarantee of admission for wait-list applicants.


College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
PGA Golf Management Requirements
Category Requirements
PGA Golf Management
Students
A 12 Handicap is required for students entering into this program. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

Core Courses
Required academic courses
Category Requirements
English 4 units of English:
Units must include intensive reading and writing experiences.
Mathematics 4 units of math:
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • 1 additional unit that builds on knowledge and concepts learned in Algebra II
Social Sciences 3 units of social sciences:
  • 1 unit drawn from American and/or world history
  • 1 additional unit drawn from history
  • American government and/or geography
  • a 3rd unit drawn from any social science discipline
Natural Sciences 3 units of natural sciences:
  • At least 2 units selected from:
    • biology
    • chemistry
    • physics
    • earth sciences
  • 1 unit must include laboratory instruction
Foreign Language 2 units of foreign language:
  • Both units must be in the same language.
  • Students who are unable to take 2 years of foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission.
  • NOTE: Some University of Nebraska–Lincoln degree programs require the equivalent of 4 years of high school foreign language in the same language in order to graduate.
  • View foreign language requirements by degree.

College Specific Requirements

All colleges at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln require students meet the minimum core course and performance admission requirements. (as listed above)

Some colleges have additional requirements that students must meet in order to be admitted to their requested college.

The Explore Center

If you do not meet college specific requirements you can still be admitted through our Explore Center.

  • you will be advised by the Explore Center until you meet the college specific requirements for your desired college.
  • once you've met your college's requirements, you will have the opportunity to transfer into the college you requested.
Colleges With NO Additional Requirements

The colleges below do not have additional requirements beyond core course and performance requirements.

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education & Human Sciences
  • College of Journalism & Mass Communications
Colleges With Additional Requirements

College of Architecture
Architecture course requirements
Category Requirements
Math
  • 1 full unit of Pre-Calc/Trig
  • OR 1/2 unit Pre-Calc/Trig
  • 1/2 unit Math/Calc
ACT/SAT scores
  • ACT composite score of 22 or higher.
  • OR an SAT combined score of 1030 or higher.
Transfer & Readmit Students In addition to the above requirements, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

College of Business Administration
Business administration course requirements
Category Requirements
Transfer & Readmit Students Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

College of Engineering
Engineering course requirements
Category Requirements
First-Year College Students
Math
  • 1 full unit of geometry AND
As part of the 4 units required you must take:
  • pre-calculus
  • OR trigonometry
  • OR calculus
Natural Sciences As part of the 3 units required you must take:
  • chemistry
  • AND physics
ACT/SAT Scores
  • ACT composite score of 24 or higher
  • OR an SAT combined score of 1110 or higher
Transfer & Readmit Students
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least:
    • 2.5 for Nebraska residents
    • 3 for non-residents

Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts

AUDITION AND/OR PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

You must also meet any audition or portfolio requirements listed below:

Audition requirements
Category Requirements
Art, Art History: No auditions or special applications.
Music, Dance: Auditions are required.
Theatre emphasis in:
  • performance
Auditions are required.

View the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film audition information.

Theatre emphasis in:
  • design/technical production
No portfolio or audition required.

However, there is an optional portfolio for an additional scholarship.

Theatre emphasis in:
  • directing & management
Application and portfolio required.

Requirements for the application and portfolio.

Theatre emphasis in:
  • film/new media
Supporting materials required.

View additional required materials.

Transfer & Readmit Students Film & New Media majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a semester GPA of 3.0.

College of Public Affairs & Community Service
Public affairs and community service course requirements
Category Requirements
Transfer & Readmit
Students
Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Transcript

You will self-report your academic record. Use an unofficial transcript to fill in your information.

ACT/SAT

After you've taken the ACT or SAT, request the testing institution to send us your official scores.

Our codes are:

  • ACT: 2482
  • SAT: 6877
Deadlines

Summer/Fall 2017 – May 1, 2017

Spring 2017 – December 1, 2016

Application Fee

There is a $45 application fee payable with a credit card or a check. Make the check out to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and put the applicant's name on the memo line. If you have applied for undergraduate admission at UNK or UNO within the last year and submitted an application fee to either of those campuses, you do not need to pay the $45 admission fee.

Personal Statement

To be considered for leadership and diversity scholarships, you must write a 350-word essay all about you. Focus on leadership, career goals and community service.

International Students

International students have additional requirements and information.

Campus Security & Fire Safety Report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln publishes its Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (ASR), found at police.unl.edu/annualreport. This report contains UNL's 3-year crime and fire statistics (incidents on/near UNL property), as well as a list of on and off campus resources available to crime victims. The report also includes a description of campus law enforcement, policy statements, tips to avoid being a crime victim, how to report crimes/how reports are handled, available campus safety and drugs/alcohol programs, disciplinary procedures, fire safety and evacuation procedures, and other campus security and safety information. If desired, a free paper copy can be requested from the UNLPD at 300 N. 17th or via email at unl.police@unl.edu.

Remaining Holds

All holds will need to be cleared from your record before your application is considered. If you left UNL because of academic dismissal, complete the Returning Student Questionnaire.

Change of Campus

If the last campus you attended was UNO, UNK, or UNMC, you must submit a Change of Campus Form.

If you've already received a Bachelor's Degree

If you've already completed an undergraduate degree and are looking to continue your education at UNL, you will need to fill out the Confirmation of Program Type form.

Additional Documents

Change of Campus ONLY:

In addition to applying as a transfer student on the online application, you will need to submit a Change of Campus form.

Additional Documents

Provide proof of high school graduation or its equivalent, such as a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).