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.

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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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the past. With personal academic coaches, we're here to help you do your best.

Sophomores and first-year high school students must submit an hour approval form signed by their high school counselor.

Nebraska Now Application Process

1. Apply as a "Visiting Student" on the university'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 good for one academic year. Students who apply in the fall will not need to reapply in the spring. Students who apply in the spring will need to reapply in the fall.

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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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln—that means you'll get to study with a real college professor and real college students, right now.

Not only will having NEBRASKA 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 NEBRASKA requirements yes no no
$1,000 Scholarship to the university (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 $2,850 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 $712.50, a savings of $462.50 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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:

$1,850 (tuition savings) + $1,000 scholarship = $2,850

*Eligible coursework must be attempted no later than the fall semester of your high school senior year and grades must be posted by March 1st 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 the university), 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.

Professors Who Care

NEBRASKA Now professors are aware of and will accommodate the needs of younger students.

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Academic Services

First–Year Experience & Transition Programs are here to help with the leap to college.

Resources for Success


Ellen Sundermeier is your dedicated NEBRASKA Now academic coach and advisor

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Please review Nebraska Now Policies & Procedures before applying. To appeal your eligibility status, complete the Program Eligibility Appeal Form.

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 the university, which means you do not intend to earn a degree from NEBRASKA (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 Ellen Sundermeier in the Office of Admissions.

If you need help with any of the registration steps for NEBRASKA Now, contact Ellen at or 402-472-6196. She's here to help if you need advice on how to adjust to college level work, navigate Blackboard/Canvas, and anything else you might need to be your best.

Nebraska Now Courses for Fall 2017

A few important notes:

  • Registration Opens April 12, 2017
  • 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.
  • If a student wishes to take a course on campus, immunization records will need to be submitted to the University Health Center through MyRED.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

  • Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment (AGRI 115)
    Call Number: 1904
  • Plant Science (AGRO 131)
    Call Number: 1839
  • Plant Science (HORT 131)
    Call Number: 1834
  • Animal Products (ASCI 210)
    Call Number: 1573
  • Introductory Companion Animal Biology (ASCI 151)
    Call Number: 2154
  • Insect Biology (ENTO 115)
    Call Number: 1552
  • The Science of Food (FDST 131)
    Call Number: 1570
  • Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems (AGRO/NRES 107)
    Call Number: 2291
  • Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory (NRES 108)
    Call Number: 2494

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 110)
    Call Number: 3947
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212)
    Call Number: 4474
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ETHN 212)
    Call Number: 4761
  • The Science of Food (CHEM 131)
    Call Number: 3874
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science (CSCE 101)
    Call Number: 3925
  • American History After 1877 (HIST 111)
    Call Number: 30622
  • Calculus III (MATH 208)* On Campus: Avery 108, MTWF
    7:30–8:20, Call Number: 5179
    1:30–2:20, Call Number: 52688
  • Differential Equations (MATH 221)* On Campus: Burnett 119, TR
    9:30–10:45, Call Number: 5180
  • Introduction to Modern Algebra (MATH 310)* On Campus: Avery 112, TR
    12:30–1:45, Call Number: 5260
  • Power and Politics in America (POLS 100)
    Call Number: 5128
  • International Relations (POLS 160)
    Call Number: 3869
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 181)
    Call Number: 3863
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101)
    Call Number: 3880
  • Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (WMNS 101)
    Call Number: 4175

*Students wishing to enroll in a MATH course through NEBRASKA Now must first complete the Math Placement Exam. Please refer to the Math Placement Exam website or contact us for more information.

College of Architecture

  • Introduction to Design (DSGN 101) Online and On-Campus Sections
    Call Numbers: 2714 (Section 800), 2727 (Section 801)

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Cave Paintings to Cathedrals (AHIS 101)
    Call Number: 8726

College of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Principles of Mass Media (JOMC 101) On Campus: Mary Riepma Ross Media Center, 124
    Call Number: 9563

College of Education and Human Sciences

  • Healthy Living (NUTR 100)
    Call Number: 6319
  • The Science of Food (NUTR 131)
    Call Number: 6263
  • Human Development and the Family (CYAF 160)
    Call Number: 6266
  • Visual Communication & Presentation (TMFD 121)
    Call Number: 6430
  • Clothing and Human Behavior (TMFD 123)
    Call Number: 30611
  • Introduction to Design Theory & Criticism (TMFD 144)
    Call Number: 6758
  • Life Skills for Success (CYAF 150)
    Call Number: 6325

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

  • Survey of Criminal Justice (CRIM 101)
    Call Number: 9868

What Your Courses Get You

We are a regionally accredited institution which means our credits will transfer to most other institutions. The real benefit, however, is that NEBRASKA Now courses fit into the majority of degree programs offered through the NEBRASKA. If you plan on attending NEBRASKA as a degree-seeking student, many of the core class requirements will be checked off by your NEBRASKA Now courses. Which means you get a better head start than any other college preparation program can provide. The Undergraduate Bulletin is a great resource to use when setting out a plan towards your degree. Here, you can see four-year sample plans for each major. You can also search by course title or ACE requirement to learn how NEBRASKA Now courses will fit into future degree options.

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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