First Generation Students

Why College?

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Earn More Money

You can earn around 85% more money with a college degree than without one according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

But 85% isn't the limit, think of it more as a starting point. A college degree sets you well on your way down the path to success. How far you take it from there is up to you.

Get a Better Job

Nearly 70% of jobs require a degree and according to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.

Why? Employers recognize what a college graduate can offer goes beyond the technical skills they learn. It's the skills connected to their education–communication, decision making, problem solving, and working with a team—that make them a valuable asset.

Expand Your Network

The people you meet in college will become a part of your life.

  • Roommates and midnight taco runs turn into weekend reunions and Skype buddies.
  • Professors become references on resumes.
  • Learning community members become connections to your dream job.

We never know when, where or how the people you meet will affect your life. What we do know is the possibilities are endless.

See the World

You will have the opportunity to travel and study abroad with fellow students and professors. Programs range from two weeks to an entire academic year. We have a range of programs that will fit your goals, your budget, and your schedule.

If traveling isn't in your near future, you'll still have opportunities to expand your views through the eyes of your professors and classmates.

Support for Your Success

Explore Center

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Explore Center

If you don't know what you want to study yet or if you're interested in pre-professional studies, the Explore Center will help you.

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Student Organizations

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Student Organizations

Getting involved with a student organization is a super easy way to make new friends. From Advertising Club to Zombie Preparation and Research Society you're bound to find a group of people with the same interests. If not, you can always start your own club.

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Living Spaces

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Living Spaces

You've got tons of options when deciding where you want to live. From traditional-style residence hall to the latest in suite style living, you'll find the perfect space for you.

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Staying Healthy

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Staying Healthy

The University Health Center is located in the heart of City Campus and provides everything you'll need from regular checkups to dentistry to counseling. The first time you get sick away from home, you'll be glad you have someone on campus to reach out to. Feel free to call them mom if you want (we won't tell).

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OASIS

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OASIS

The Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services helps students succeed academically and promotes diversity and awareness around campus.

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Learning Communities

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Learning Communities

Live and learn with students who share your academic interest. It's another easy way to make friends and connections on campus.

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Dining Options

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Dining Options

With all the options for places to eat on campus, you'll never go hungry.

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Support for Parents/Family

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Support for Parents/Family

Sending kids off to college can be hard for anyone. Don't worry, they never forget the people who helped them get this far and neither will we.

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First-Year Experience Office

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First-Year Experience Office

Everything you need for your first year as a college student including academic coaching, free tutoring, and life skills workshops for all students.

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Professors

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Professors

Professors are people too. They are passionate about their field of study. So much so, they've dedicated their lives to sharing what they know. Getting to know them outside of class is just a bonus.

Staying Safe

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Staying Safe

From weather alerts to crime prevention, our mission is to keep you informed and safe. After all, you have better things to worry about.

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Collegebound Nebraska

If you are a Nebraska resident who qualifies for the Federal Pell Grant, you are also eligible for Collegebound Nebraska, a tuition assistance program that can pay the cost of your tuition.

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EducationQuest Foundation

EducationQuest has free resources to help you go to college.

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Step By Step

How to Get Admitted

Getting admitted is the first step to starting your story at NEBRASKA.

Learn how admission works

How to get Admitted

Start your story at NEBRASKA by following these steps.

1. Apply

You'll need:

  • High school transcripts
  • ACT of SAT score
  • $45 Application fee*

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*Need to Waive your Application Fee?

If you are on a free or reduced lunch program you don't have to pay the application fee. Just have your counselor email admissions@unl.edu verifying your participation in the program.


2. Set Up MyRed

MyRed is your student portal. It's where you'll track and complete many of the remaining steps in your application for admission.

Use MyRed to:

  • Track your application.
  • Pay your bill and enrollment deposit.
  • Access information for New Student Enrollment orientation.
  • Sign up for housing and many other UNL services.

Call the UNL Help Desk at 402-472-3970 for any questions about MyRed.


3. Write Your Personal Statement

To be eligible for many of the scholarships we offer, you will need to submit a personal statement by January 15. It's a 350-word essay all about your experiences, challenges you've overcome, and your goals.

Tips for writing your essay:
  • Include specific activities where your leadership has been demonstrated.
  • Activities may be from coursework, community service, work/internships, athletics, etc.
  • Activities may be ongoing engagements or one-time instances.
  • Use action verbs to describe activities and your involvement.
  • Include the year (9, 10, 11, 12) in which the activity took place.

4. Complete FAFSA

To be eligible for pell grants, scholarships and other financial aid, you will need to file your FAFSA every year by April 1.

Parents and guardians will need to have taxes completed by the time you do your FAFSA.

File Your FAFSA

EducationQuest

Educationquest provides video tutorials and additional help with FAFSA forms. You can also always contact us if you have any questions.


5. Send in Your Transcripts

For your application you'll self-report your academic record. You can use an unofficial transcript, which you can request from your school counselor, to fill in your information.

After you graduate, request your counselor to send us an official copy of your transcript. We'll use that to double check the information you provided. Official transcripts must be received no later than July 1.

Send the official transcript to:

Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1410 Q St
P.O. Box 880417
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417


How to Enroll

Once you are admitted, there are a few things to complete before the classes start.

Final Steps to Become a Husker

How to Enroll

Admitted students complete the following steps to finalize their admission and officially become a Husker.


1. Pay Your Enrollment Deposit

Once you're admitted you'll need to pay the $250 enrollment deposit to secure your spot. You can pay it through your MyRed account. The deadline to pay your enrollment deposit is May 1.

You Can Defer Your Deposit

If you are on a free or reduced lunch program you can defer your deposit until you receive financial aid.

The Deferment of Enrollment Deposit Form


2. Complete Your Housing Contract

After your enrollment deposit is paid, you will be able to fill out the housing contract through MyRed and choose where you want to live on campus. To reserve your spot in a residence hall, you will need to pay the non-refundable $400 advance payment by May 1.

More Information on the Housing Contract

You Can Defer the Housing Advance Payment Too

If you are on a free or reduced lunch program and have deferred your enrollment deposit, your housing advance payment if automatically deferred until you receive financial aid.


3. Sign Up for New Student Enrollment (NSE)

After you pay your enrollment deposit, you will also be able sign up for New Student Enrollment (NSE). At NSE you will get to know other new students, meet with your advisor, and set your class schedule.

You can sign up through your MyRed account starting April 1.


4. Accept Financial Aid

In April and May, you will receive an email notifying you of your financial aid package.

Before school begins, you must accept or decline all scholarships, grants and loans through MyRed in order to get the money you need for school.

Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 800-742-8800 Ext. 2030 if you have any questions.


5. Attend NSE

It's required to attend the NSE date you signed up for in order to get registered for classes.

You'll also get the information you need to start your first year at UNL.


6. Move In & Start Classes

You're finally here! We're glad to have you.


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