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 11 & 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 based 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 at least $1,000 in merit-based 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:

$1,703 (tuition savings) + $1,000 scholarship = $2,703

*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.

How to Register

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How to Register

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.

How to Set Up Blackboard

There is a self-paced Blackboard orientation you can access by clicking the "NEBRASKA Now Online Modules for First Year Students" under My.UNL Courses. It will teach you how to navigate Blackboard, find your course syllabi, locate useful campus resources, and get in contact with your professor.


If you have questions, contact Kurt Mueller in the Office of Admissions.

If you need help with any of the registration steps for NEBRASKA Now, contact Kurt at or 402-472-6196. He's your guy if you need advice for adjusting to college level work, how navigate Blackboard, and anything else you might need to be your best.

Nebraska Now Courses for Spring 2017

A few important notes:

  • Registration Opens November 9, 2016
  • Only the 800 (online) and 801 (on-campus) sections of the courses listed below are eligible for the NEBRASKA Now tuition rate.
  • All courses are online unless specifically noted as on-campus.
  • You will register for classes after you’re admitted as a visiting student. All NEBRASKA Now students are considered visiting students.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

  • Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment (AGRI 115) 1041
  • Plant Science (AGRO 131) 1808
  • Animal Products (ASCI 210) 1149
  • Companion Animal Behavior (ASCI 271) 1762
  • Insect Biology (ENTO 115) 1258
  • The Science of Food (CHEM/FDST/NUTR 131) 1277
  • Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems (AGRO/NRES 107) 1937

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 110) 3824
  • Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 232) 4682
  • The Science of Food (CHEM/FDST/NUTR 131) 2926
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science (CSCE 101) 3802
  • American History After 1877 (HIST 111) 3269
  • History of Sport (HIST 222) 3959
  • Calculus III (MATH 208) 9687
    On Campus: 8:30–9:20, MTWF—Burnett 203
  • Differential Equations (MATH 221) 9688
    On Campus: 8:30–9:20, MWF—Avery 119
  • Power and Politics in America (POLS 100) 9439
  • International Relations (POLS 160) 3585
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 181) 3626
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101) 3687
  • Families and Society (SOCI 226) 4156
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WMNS 101) 3821

College of Architecture

  • Introduction to Design (DSGN 101) Online (25891) and On-Campus (25892) Sections

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Cave Paintings to Cathedrals (AHIS 101) 7036
  • Renaissance to Modern Art (AHIS 102) 8625 On-Campus Only

College of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Introduction to Sports Communication (JOMC 150) 21762 On-Campus Only

College of Education and Human Sciences

  • Healthy Living (NUTR 100) 5977
  • The Science of Food (CHEM/FDST/NUTR 131) 5611
  • Life Skills for Success (CYAF 150) 5918
  • Human Development and the Family (CYAF 160) 26086
  • Visual Communication & Presentation (TMFD 121) 6047
  • Introduction to Design Theory & Criticism (TMFD 144) 6205

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

  • Survey of Criminal Justice (CRIM 101) 8884

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