Nebraska Now


Can't Wait for College? Don't.

Looking for a real head start on your transition to college? As a high school student you can take real college classes taught by real college professors to earn real college credit through NEBRASKA Now.


Review NEBRASKA NOW admission requirements and apply online now.

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Review the requirements and process below, or get started now by completing your application online—make sure to select the “Visiting” option under “Type of Degree”.

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Admission Requirements

To participate in the NEBRASKA Now program, you must:

  • Be in high school (grades 9-12)
  • Be ready for the challenge of a college class

Do you get good grades (about a B-average or above)? Are you ready to push yourself? Don’t let the idea of college intimidate you if you think you’re ready. Many high school students have succeeded at UNL in the past. With personal academic coaches, we’re here to help you do your best.

Nebraska Now Application Process

1. Apply as a “Visiting Student” on UNL’s online application.
Why am I a visiting student? Visiting students are those who want to take a few classes but not enroll in full degree program (yet). Since you’re still in high school, this is the perfect option for you.

2. Make sure to check “yes” to the question that asks if you are participating in the NEBRASKA Now program.

3. Pay the $45 application fee.

Other than what is included on the application, there’s no other documentation you will be required to provide.

Please note that each application is only good for one term (fall, spring, or summer). If you plan to participate in NEBRASKA now for multiple terms, you must apply separately for each one.

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Big Ten College Classes Right Now.

You have many options to earn college credit in high school, but only NEBRASKA Now offers you a real Big Ten college experience at UNL—that means you’ll get to study with a real college professor and real college students, right now.

Not only will having UNL on your transcripts look impressive, by starting now you’ll already know what classes will be like when you get to college, putting you way ahead of your classmates (unfortunately, you’ll still have to figure out how to do your own laundry).

College Classes
Nebraska Now AP Dual Credit
Earn College Credit yes yes yes
Credit Earned is bases on your semester grade, not a one-time test yes no yes
Take classes in your high school no yes yes
Have the option to take classes online yes maybe maybe
Taught by a college professor yes maybe maybe
Real college classroom experience yes no no
University support services yes no no
Big Ten university on your transcript yes no no
Credits guaranteed to meet UNL requirements yes no no
$1,000 Scholarship to UNL (More) yes no no

In some cases, you may be able to take AP and Dual Credit classes online or from a college professor, but these classes are traditionally taught in your high school by a high school teacher.

Take up to $2,700 Off your college bill

Most NEBRASKA Now classes are offered at a flat $250-rate per 3 credit-hour class. The same class at the regular in-state tuition rate would cost $675.75, a savings of $425.75 per class.

Additionally, if you earn at least a 3.0 GPA in your NEBRASKA Now classes, you’ll also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship* at UNL for your first year.

If you took one class each semester your junior and senior year and maintained at least a B average, your savings would look like this:

*Eligible coursework must be attempted no later than the fall semester of your high school senior year and posted by January 15th of your high school senior year to be considered for the scholarship.

Take your Credits almost anywhere

NEBRASKA is one of the top 50 public universities in the nation according to U.S.News. Just about anywhere you go (though we’d love for you to stay at UNL), a red “N” on your transcript will be honored and your credits through NEBRASKA Now will be transferred.

The Support You Need

Making the leap to college level work is no small feat. That’s why as a NEBRASKA Now student, you’ll get all the support you need to help with your transition and make the most of your experience.


Here are your next steps after being admitted as a NEBRASKA Now Student.

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After You're Admitted

Welcome aboard! We’re happy to have you. Here are your next steps after being admitted as a NEBRASKA Now student.

1. As a NEBRASKA Now student, you are considered a “visiting student” at UNL, which means you do not intend to earn a degree from UNL (yet).

2. You will receive an email letting you know you’re admitted. This email will tell you how to set up your MyRed account and claim your NUID (you need both to register for classes).

3. One business day after you are admitted you will be able to register for classes. Here’s how:

  • Log in to MyRed.
  • Click the “Enrollment” tab at the top.
  • Select the term for which you’ve been admitted.
  • Click the blue “Enroll in Classes” button.
  • On this page (and this page only) you will find NEBRASKA Now classes.
  • Use the 4-5 digit codes for each class to sign up.
    Important: choose the 800 section for online classes or the 801 section for in-person classes. ALL other sections will cause you to be billed for full tuition (not the $250 flat rate for NEBRASKA Now students).
  • Once you’ve selected your classes, click the blue “Proceed to Enrollment Checkout” button.
  • You will receive confirmation that the classes were added to your schedule soon after.

4. Log Into Blackboard

Once you’re registered for classes, they will appear in Blackboard, which will be your hub of information and communication with your professor and fellow classmates.



If you need any assistance, feel free to contact us at 402-472-2023 or

Nebraska Now Courses for Fall 2016

(Online unless otherwise noted)
(Online courses should be 800 sections; on-campus courses should be 801 sections)


  • Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment (AGRI 115, 1966)
  • Plant Science (AGRO/HORT 131, 1895)
  • Animal Products (ASCI 210, 1622)
  • The Science of Food (CHEM/FDST/NUTR 131, 3903)
  • Insect Biology (ENTO 115, 1599)
  • Introductory Companion Animal Biology (ASCI 151, 2233)
  • Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on the Ecosystem (AGRO 107/NRES 107, 2448)


  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 110, 3988)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212, 4576)
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science (CSCE 101, 3959)
  • Power and Politics in America (POLS 100, 25492)
  • International Relations (POLS 160, 3898)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 181, 3892)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101, 3909)
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WMNS 101, 4235)
  • Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences (GEOL 125, 25751)
  • American History to 1877 (HIST 110, 3882)
  • Calculus III (MATH 208, 25822)
  • Differential Equations (MATH 221, 25823)


  • Introduction to Design (DSGN 101, Online: 23625, On Campus: 25824)


  • Principles of Mass Media (JOMC 101, 25753)


  • Healthy Living (NUTR 100, 6220)
  • Life Skills for Success (CYAF 150, 6227)
  • Visual Communication & Presentation (TMFD 121, 6343)
  • Introduction to Design Theory & Criticism (TMFD 144, 6720)

Take your Classroom anywhere online.

You don’t need to be on campus to take real college classes. Most of our classes are also offered online so no matter where you are, you can receive all the benefits NEBRASKA Now has to offer. We have students from all over the country taking our classes and they all receive the same college experience.

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Sign up for the NEBRASKA Now mailing list to receive more information about the program and the opportunities available for you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at 402-472-2023 or