Nebraska Now

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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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.

First-year and sophomore high school students wanting to participate in the Nebraska Now program must submit a hour approval form signed by their high school counselor.

If you are an international student living in the United States and studying at a domestic institution, you are welcome to participate in the Nebraska Now program; however, we will need you to send an email to verifying that you are studying under a visa covered by your current place of study.

Nebraska Now Application Process

  1. Apply to the Nebraska Now program through the link below.
  2. Make sure to select "Nebraska Now Program" when asked to choose your "Type of Degree."
  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 $2,704 Off your college bill

Most Nebraska Now classes are offered at a flat $330-rate per 3 credit-hour class. The same class at the regular in-state tuition rate would cost $756, a savings of $426 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 academic 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:

$1,704 (tuition savings) + $1,000 scholarship = $2,704

*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


We have a Nebraska Now team dedicated to helping you succeed in your classes.

Contact the team:

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 $330 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.

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 the Nebraska Now team in the Office of Admissions.

If you need help with any of the registration steps for Nebraska Now, contact the team at or 402-472-4842. They're 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 2021

A few important notes:

  • Registration opens April 26, 2021 for Fall 2021 courses.
  • Only the 800 (online), 801 (on campus), 802 (on campus), and 803 (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 be able to register for Nebraska Now classes after you have completed and submitted the visiting student application and also admitted to the program. Typically, students can be admitted to the Nebraska Now program in as few as 24-48 hours, before enrolling in a Nebraska Now course. Students must wait to enroll until they are officially admitted. All Nebraska Now students are considered visiting students and are able to take up to 6 credit hours per semester for the flat and reduced rate that Nebraska Now offers. Any high school senior who wishes to take Nebraska Now courses must fill out the visiting student application, in addition to their first year college student application (degree seeking), in order to enroll for these courses.
  • If a student wishes to take a course on campus, immunization records will need to be submitted to the University Health Center through MyRED using the instructions found here.
  • What is ACE? The University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) general education program is built on student learning outcomes that answer the fundamental question of what all undergraduate students, irrespective of their majors and career aspirations, should know or be able to do upon graduation. More details about our ACE learning outcomes can be found here. If you have questions about how these might apply toward a potential degree at the university, please call the Nebraska Now hotline at 402-472-4842.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

  • Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment (AGRI 115)
    Call Number: 2008
    ACE Outcome: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Plants, Landscapes & the Environment (AGRO 100, HORT 100, TLMT 100)
    Call Number: 18437 or 18440 or 18442
    ACE Outcome: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems (AGRO 107)
    Call Number: 2329
    ACE Outcome: 9
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Plant Science (AGRO 131, HORT 131)
    Call Number: 1957 or 1952
    ACE Outcome: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Animal Products (ASCI 210)
    Call Number: 1708
    ACE Outcome: none
    Credit Hours: 3
  • The Science of Food (FDST 131)
    Call Number: 1705
    ACE Outcome: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Insect Biology (ENTO 115)
    Call Number: 1692
    ACE Outcome: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World (SCIL 101)
    Call Number: 19428
    ACE Outcome: 8
    Credit Hours: 3

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 110)
    Call Number: 4234
    ACE Outcome: 6, 9
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212, ETHN 212)
    Call Number: 4627 or 4807
    ACE Outcome: 6
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science (CSCE 101)
    Call Number: 4273
    ACE Outcome: 3
    Credit Hours: 3
  • American History to 1877 (HIST 110)
    Call Number: 5693
    ACE Outcome: 5
    Credit Hours: 3
  • America After 1877 (HIST 111)
    Call Number: 5063
    ACE Outcome: 5
    Credit Hours: 3
  • History of the U.S. Present (HIST 112)
    Call Number: 5696
    ACE Outcome: 5
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Calculus III (MATH 208)
    On Campus Only: M/W 6:30–8:15 p.m.
    Call Number: 5010
    ACE Outcome: 3
    Credit Hours: 4
  • Calculus III (MATH 208)
    On Campus Only: M/T/W/F 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    Call Number: 5140
    ACE Outcome: 3
    Credit Hours: 4
  • Power and Politics in America (POLS 100)
    Call Number: 4959
    ACE Outcome: 6, 8
    Credit Hours: 3
  • International Relations (POLS 160)
    Call Number: 4169
    ACE Outcome: 9
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101)
    Call Number: 4179
    ACE Outcome: 6
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WMNS 101)
    Call Number: 4418
    ACE Outcome: 9
    Credit Hours: 3

*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.

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Cave Paintings to Cathedrals (AHIS 101)
    Call Number: 8963
    ACE Outcome: 7
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Renaissance to Modern Art (AHIS 102)
    Call Number: 9610
    ACE Outcome: 7
    Credit Hours: 3

College of Education and Human Sciences

  • Human Development and the Family (CYAF 160)
    Call Number: 6629
    ACE Outcome: 6
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Healthy Living (NUTR 100)
    Call Number: 6680
    ACE Outcome: none
    Credit Hours: 3
  • The Science of Food (NUTR 131, CHEM 131)
    Call Number: 6626 or 4173
    ACE Outcome: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Visual Communication and Presentation (TMFD 121)
    Call Number: 6766
    ACE Outcome: 2
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Clothing & Society (TMFD 123)
    Call Number: 7233
    ACE Outcome: 9
    Credit Hours: 3
  • Introduction to Design Theory and Criticism (TMFD 144)
    Call Number: 7041
    ACE Outcome: 9
    Credit Hours: 3

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

  • Survey of Criminal Justice (CRIM 101)
    Call Number: 10264
    ACE Outcome: 6
    Credit Hours: 3

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 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. That means you get a better head start than any other college preparation program can provide. The Undergraduate Catalog is a great resource to use when setting up a plan toward 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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