Academic Life

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Through a balance of academic and career activities, you’ll build a strong foundation for your career or graduate school at Nebraska.

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Solid Foundation for Your Career

At Nebraska, our Big Ten academic community will give you what you need to prepare for a great job after graduation—classrooms and labs filled with the latest technology and direct access to your professors. Engage in undergraduate research with top Nebraska faculty. Start your own club with your motivated peers. Get the experience you need to lay a solid foundation for an exciting career and get one-to-one guidance along the way.

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Solid Foundation for Grad School

If you want to go on for advanced study, Nebraska's academic environment can challenge you to stretch your strengths and help you develop the skills you need to get in. Through our undergraduate research program, UCARE, you'll have the chance to work one-to-one with a faculty member in your academic program to conduct cutting-edge research. Our Explore Center and Career Services will support you through entrance exams and interviews, so you'll feel prepared to make it into your program of choice.

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Live and Learn With Your Peers

Learning Communities (LC) are groups of students with a shared major or interest area who live together in the same residence hall and are mentored by an upper class student. Joining an LC gives you an instant community of people who have the same goals and interests, and a mentor to help you navigate your transition to college. Together, you and your LC peers will motivate each other to excel academically, gain new perspectives, reach your full-potential and co-create the future. 

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Find Your Academic Community:

Will Dendinger

"Being in an LC was good for me socially, but my friends and I also took our academics seriously, and we all pushed each other to be better. Our goals and aspirations were really diverse—some people wanted to work in a huge firm, then one of my other friends wanted to do more small scale, residential stuff... Everyone had their own way of viewing things and their own tastes, so being able to work together and get honest feedback from such a diverse group of people was a great thing to have."

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Kickstart Your Academic Career

Research experience can prepare you both for your career or graduate school. As a Husker, you'll have the resources you need to carry out groundbreaking research one-to-one with Nebraska's brightest faculty through the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program. Gain a deep understanding of your discipline, develop leadership skills and learn to most effectively communicate your ideas; let your undergraduate research be a catalyst for your academic career. 

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Experiences. Achievements. A Career Path.

Sierra Hansen

"Getting a UCARE position through the university helped me to get the Beckman Scholarship, which helped me get into the German program, which collectively helped me to get into multiple M.D.- Ph.D. programs—which is where I’m headed next. I just signed my acceptance to start an M.D.-Ph.D. program after I do a gap year studying at the German lab I worked in."

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Don't Wait to Apply Your Skills

At Nebraska, you won't wait to wait until graduation to apply the skills you learn in class. Through internships and co-ops, you can take what you've learned and start making advances toward your chosen career path. Not only will internships help you stretch your strengths through real-world experience, but they will also help your application stand out when applying to your first job or a graduate program.

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Break New Ground:

Break New Ground

Riley Naughton

Through her research program, Nebraska student Riley Naughton uses cutting-edge technology like body scanners to create more functional costumes. "People have used tech like this a little bit in the costuming and design fields before, but it's really still a new practice in the fashion industry, so to be able to use it in college is awesome. I definitely haven't heard of other colleges having the tech or making use of it on a regular basis like we’re able to here."

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Find Your Pre-Health Path

If you’re interested in pursuing medicine as a career, it’s important to find the field that’s right for you. The Explore Center can connect you with health professionals, job shadows, internship opportunities and other hands-on learning to help you carve our your Pre-Health path.

Learn more about Pre-Health at Nebraska

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Pre-Law at Nebraska

Learn more about law-related careers through the Explore Center. Identify your strengths and stretch them courses meant to enhance your analytical and communication skills, take practice LSAT examinations, get guidance on your law school applications and set up meetings with representatives from law schools visiting from across the U.S.

Learn more about Pre-Law at Nebraska

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Be Prepared for Grad School

No matter your postgraduate plans, you can feel confident that Nebraska has the resources, guidance and support you need to lay a foundation for advanced study. From resume/CV help to mock admission interviews, Career Services can help you solidify your goals and pick a post-graduate program that's perfect for you.

Learn more about Preparing for Grad School

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Get to Know Your Faculty

Whether you have questions about your homework, need a book recommendation or simply want to say hi, our professors are here to provide you with the guidance you need to reach your full potential. Nebraska's smaller size makes it easy for you to get to know your professors, so you can work one-to-one to apply what you've learned in class to solve real-world problems through research, internships, study abroad programs and more.

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Here to Help

Matt Waite

“Every professor I know wants you to succeed. We're all human and we've all been a student before. If you're struggling, if you have something you're wondering about class or career, if you've got some life-changing opportunity coming up, talk to your professors.”

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One-to-One Support

You’re going to college not just to expand your mind, but to lay the groundwork for a great career or graduate school. Nebraska has people who will work one-on-one with you to help you get the most out of your experience. You’ll do more than just learn technical skills—you’ll grow more flexible and nimble, ready to change the world and adapt with it.

Check out the interview below with Kadina Koonce, Exploratory and Pre-Professional Academic Advisor, who works with students to make the most of their time in college as they prepare for a career or grad school.

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What does an academic advisor do?

Academic advisors provide students with guidance and support in identifying their life/career goals. We assist not only with course selection, study skills and campus resources/policies, but also hope to serve as a sounding board, and cheerleader.

How do you see your role in helping students achieve success in college?

In my role, I encourage students to make and accomplish goals within and beyond their comfort zone, support them through the victories and learning experiences, provide them with information about opportunities, and push them to be self-advocates.

How do students work with each other?

Through clubs and organizations, our students work with one another to build a community. They work toward the common goal of building personal/professional skills to be competitive for professional school, give back to the community, and have fun.

What kinds of experiences do you offer for students outside the classroom?

We offer workshops, help students get started when finding shadowing opportunities, take a trip to University of Nebraska Medical Center every spring, provide mock interviews and regularly available meetings with professional school reps. A little something for everyone!

What academic resources do you recommend to students?

Academic resources I recommend most to students include going to Success Coaching with the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST). They have resources around tutoring, study skills, time management, note-taking, test prep and motivation!

How do you help prepare students for a career after college?

We help prepare students for professional school by assisting students in working on essays and finding experiences to make them competitive applicants. We encourage students to job shadow, do informational interviews and go to career advising.

What advice do you give to help students get the most out of their academic experience?

Never be afraid to reach out for help and connect with at least two faculty/staff people on campus. That support/relationship building is so important, especially when feeling lost or unmotivated, it's powerful to know you have someone on your side!



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Find Your Academic Community

With 500+ Registered Student Organizations, you are bound to find a club catered toward your major or interests, where you can stretch your strengths through academic collaboration with your peers and professors. Explore examples of clubs connected to colleges across campus, or tap the link below to search a list of all clubs and organizations.

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CASNR: Coffee Club

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Get together with other College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students, faculty and alumni outside of a classroom setting. Meet students on a similar career path and network with industry pros to build connections that lead to internships and job shadow opportunities.

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ARCH: Tau Sigma Delta

College of Architecture

Join the only national honor society for architecture and design majors to meet other highly-motivated architecture students and celebrate achievement and scholarship.

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CAS: Model United Nations

College of Arts and Sciences

Explore pressing global issues and possible solutions, refine your public speaking skills and travel to national and international conferences to compete with other Model UN chapters.

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CoB: International Business Club

College of Business

Work with peers and business professionals around Lincoln to broaden your cultural horizons. Through International Business Club, you can discover new ways to apply your international business curriculum like internships, study abroad opportunities, student diplomat programs and job shadowing programs.

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CEHS: Pre-Occupational Therapy Club

College of Education and Human Sciences

Meet other students on a Pre-Occupational Therapy path and network with OTs from the Lincoln/Omaha community, attend hospital mini-career fairs/program open houses, find job shadowing opportunities and get application process tips for graduate programs.

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CoE: Mechanical Engineering Mentorship Program

College of Engineering

Through an upperclassman student mentor, you will have access to school-related advice, resume and career fair tips, plant and facility tours, research opportunities, and company contacts that can be leveraged into internships and full time jobs post-graduation.

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FPA: Fine Art Photo Club

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

Connect with other students and photo faculty to engage in critiques, attend conferences around the country, put on group exhibitions and even grow your skills through learning opportunities both near and abroad.

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CoJMC: Jacht

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Get course credit working with real companies around Nebraska to gain experience in many aspects of marketing communications, from account services to creative work. Unlike most classes, you must apply and be selected to be a part of this course.

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