Transfer Student Requirements

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Transfer students applying to NEBRASKA must meet performance requirements and complete a core of selected high school courses for admission to NEBRASKA. Transfer students are required to submit high school and college transcripts as part of the review process. College courses can be used to satisfy the high school requirements.

Students who do not meet guaranteed standards are still encouraged to apply.  In these cases, admission decisions will be determined by a committee appointed by the Director of Admissions and your complete academic profile will be considered.

Students who have completed 12 or more semester credits from a post secondary institution are considered transfer students. If you graduated high school before 1997 visit the pre-1997 graduation admission requirements section.

Performance Requirements

Students who are transferring from other post-secondary institutions are required to demonstrate a 2.0 ("C" average) cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all college-level course work, and have a 2.0 GPA for the most recent term of attendance.

Core Courses

There are 16 units of required academic courses required for admission. A unit is described as a Carnegie unit—one year of high school study or a semester or quarter of college coursework.

Required academic courses
Category Units Requirements
English 4 All units must include intensive reading and writing experiences.
Mathematics 4 Algebra, algebra II, geometry and one additional unit that builds on knowledge and concepts learned in Algebra II.
Social Sciences 3 One unit drawn from American and/or world history; one additional unit drawn from history, American government and/or geography; and a third unit drawn from any social science discipline.
Natural Sciences 3 At least two units selected from biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences. One unit must include laboratory instruction.
Foreign Language 2 Both units must be in the same language. Students who are unable to take two years of foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission.
*Click for more information on foreign language requirements in various UNL degree programs.

See which Nebraska High School classes count toward these core course requirements, or find information on removing core course deficiencies.

College Specific Requirements

All colleges at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln require students to meet the minimum core course and performance admission requirements listed above. Some colleges have additional requirements that students must meet before they can be admitted into that college. If you are not admitted into the college you request on your application for admission, it is because you have not met the requirements listed below for the college you indicated.

If you are admitted to the Explore Center instead of the college you indicated on your application, you will be advised by Explore Center until you meet the college specific requirements for your desired college. At that time, you will have the opportunity to transfer into the college you requested.

Please note: Some University of Nebraska–Lincoln degree programs require the equivalent of four years of high school foreign language in the same language in order to graduate. View a list of foreign language requirements.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions.

College of Architecture

Architecture admission requirements
Math 1 full unit of Pre-Calc/Trig OR 1/2 unit Pre-Calc/Trig and 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 students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5

College of Arts & Sciences

No additional requirements.

College of Business Administration

College of Business Administration admission requirements
Transfer and readmit students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5

College of Education & Human Sciences

College of Education admission requirements
Transfer and readmit students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0

College of Engineering

College of Engineering admission requirements
Transfer and readmit students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents

Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts

Theatre majors with an emphasis in Film and New Media: Cum GPA 3.0 and Semester GPA 3.0 

Art, Art History: No auditions or special applications.

Music, Dance: Auditions required for majors and minors. for online reservations.

Audition Dates for Admission and Scholarship:

  • Friday, January 24, 2014 (brass, composition, percussion, voice, winds)
  • Saturday, January 25, 2014 (dance, keyboard, strings (including guitar), voice)
  • Saturday, February 21, 2014 (dance, keyboard, strings (no guitar) and voice)
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014 (brass, composition, guitar, percussion, voice and winds)
Theatre Emphasis-Performance: Auditions required for majors. Schedule an audition through the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at (402) 472-2072, ext. 1. Audition Dates: September 24, 2013, October 15, 2013, November 26, 2013.


Theatre Emphasis-Film/New Media: Film/New Media application and portfolio required. Obtain special application from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the address below and return completed application and portfolio to. https://carsonschool.slideroom.com/#/Login. Deadline: February 15, 2014.

Theatre Emphasis-Design/Technical Production: No portfolio or audition required. Contact the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film to declare Design/Technical emphasis (see address below). Optional -- Portfolio for Scholarship, Deadline: March 7, 2014.

Theatre Emphasis-Directing and Management: Directing and Management application and supporting materials required.  Obtain special application from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the address below and return completed application to the same address.  Early Deadline: November 1, 2013. Regular Deadline: March 1, 2014.


PLEASE NOTE - VERY IMPORTANT:
"Pre" designations for music, music education, dance and theatre are relevant only during the application process. "Pre" applications with unsuccessful auditions will be considered undeclared majors and will be moved to the Explore Center for advising by March 31 for fall/summer entry to UNL, or October 31 for spring entry to UNL.  After these dates, students whose applications are incomplete will be assessed on an individual basis; those who pass their auditions will be accepted into the college.

Non-majors may enroll in music ensembles, beginning dance and beginning theatre classes, art history classes and other courses designated for non-majors only. All other courses offered in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are open to majors only.

Dept of Art and Art History
102 Richards Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0114
(402) 472-5522
artdept@unl.edu unl.edu/art
School of Music (including Dance Program)
121 Westbrook Music Bldg.
Lincoln, NE 68588-0100
(402) 472-6830
music2@unl.edu
unl.edu/music
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
215 Temple Building
Lincoln, NE 68588-0201
(402) 472-2072 ext. 1
theatrearts@unl.edu unl.edu/TheatreArts

College of Journalism & Mass Communications

college of Journalism and Mass Communications admission requirements
Transfer and readmit students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

College of Public Affairs and Community Service admission requirements
Transfer and readmit students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5