New Student Enrollment


Assisting students with the transition to college life.

Prepare to Attend NSE

1. Reserve your New Student Enrollment Day

Dates for NSE are based upon each student's major. The Explore Center must be selected as the college of choice for all students who are undecided.

NSE dates run from mid-June to mid-July and is an all-day program from 7:15AM to 4:15PM. When filling out guest information please do not include yourself as a guest.


2. Complete Advising Inventory

This document is required and will assist each advisor in preparing for the advising session during NSE. The Advising Inventory can be completed at


3. Complete Placement Exams


4. Pre-Registration Health Requirement Form

Students must provide documentation of required vaccinations.


5. Upload NCard Photo

Submit NCard ID photo ahead of time.


6. Download Guidebook app

Download Guidebook app for your smart phone or tablet from your app store. You will find your New Student Enrollment schedule, parking information, and get to know your orientation leaders and academic advisors.

1. Reserve your New Student Enrollment Day

Dates for NSE are based upon each student's major. The Explore Center must be selected as the college of choice for all students who are undecided.

Transfer NSE is an all-day program from 8:00 am. to 4:15 pm. Dates are:

  • December 11, 2014
  • December 11, 2015

When filling out guest information please do not include yourself as a guest. Make your reservation today!


2. Complete Advising Inventory

This document is required and will assist each adviser in preparing for the advising session during NSE.

Advising Inventory

3. Complete Placement Exams

Everyone is required to complete placement exams. It helps us ensure you register for courses that match your skill level.


4. Pre-Registration Health Requirement Form

Students must provide documentation of required vaccinations.


5. Upload NCard Photo

Submit NCard ID photo ahead of time.


6. Download Guidebook app

Download Guidebook app for your smart phone or tablet from your app store. You will find your New Student Enrollment schedule, parking information, and get to know your orientation leaders and academic advisors.

1. Register for Classes

We require all new international students register for classes through the New Student Enrollment Program.


2. Arrival Information

When you arrive at UNL we want you to be prepared in every way possible. To ensure nothing gets overlooked, we've translated the lists of what you'll need before you arrive, and the steps you need to take to start your first class.


3. International Orientation Weekend

A mandatory event for all new international students. Giving you the information you need to hit the ground running.


4. Instructional Videos

Videos To Get You Ready For Nebraska!

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Hyatt Place

The Hyatt Place, located in Lincoln’s new downtown development The Railyard, is New Student Enrollment’s host hotel. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and parking, as well as, discounts at nearby restaurants and shops. To reserve a room for NSE at a rate of $119 per night, call 402-742-6007 or book online at and use code G-UNLS.

Maps & Directions

Orientation Leaders

Clarisa Almazan

Secondary Spanish Education

Lincoln, NE

My Involvement in a Multicultural Organization

I am a member of a multicultural sorority, and it is one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to college. It has brought me closer to people who have similar goals and passions, and who are like me. Multicultural Organizations are traditionally smaller than most other Greek chapters on campuses but even though we may be smaller, they make huge strides. One of the best opportunities we have is to give back to our community. We give back in small ways through volunteering at the Mission and in big ways like joining the Big Event. I encourage all new students to read about different organizations and see which one you could see yourself in. Being in a multicultural sorority has shown me being Greek in college isn’t just social but also about finding a family unit that can help you be the best you can be in college.

Carina Arriaga

Animal Science

South Sioux City, NE

Why I chose my major and what are my career aspirations

When it came to choosing what I wanted to do with my life it was very clear to me that I wanted to help others. I just needed to find a career that would let me fulfil that purpose and when I thought about it there were many options. They all were involved with helping people and bettering the world for people. For my purpose I didn’t want to solely help people; I also wanted to help animals. Since the beginning I was always fascinated by animals and their behavior. I was and still am astonished that animals can love so unconditionally and have many of the feelings we do. That’s why I knew I wanted to be an Animal Science major and have a career as a veterinarian because I want to help care for animals and I want to better their lives like they better ours.

Daniel Balette


Surprise, AZ

Tips for Approaching a Faculty Member

There are a lot of horror stories out there about approaching faculty members and having a negative experience. I think the best thing a student can do when it comes to approaching a faculty member is to sit in the front of the class and ask questions. It’s easier for professors to put a name with a face when they see you sitting in the front of their class with a hand in the air. I am proud to say that for me these tales have never been more than stories when it comes to my own personal academic experience. Every time I’ve come knocking my hand has only connected with air because my professors doors were always open. To this day I still have faculty members that know me by name and ask me how I’m doing.

Jonathan Berger

Mechanical Engineering

Omaha, NE

Getting involved with a recognized student organization and its impact on me

Joining a Fraternity was one of the best things I’ve done in my college career. Not only did it supply me with a large group of guys who would become my closest friends right off the bat, but I have also networked with dozens of alumni, been given incredible philanthropic opportunities, improved as a leader, and learned more about myself than I ever could have imagined. While going Greek might not be for everyone, I suggest that all students at least look into it. Many times students find that the stereotypes they have grown to know couldn’t be further from the truth.

Frae Binder


Yankton, SD

Coming to college as an undecided student

I came in to college undecided for one sole reason: I didn’t want to admit to myself that I want to be an English major. When you’re an English major all you are asked is “So, you want to teach?” or “What are you going to do with that?” No, I don’t want to teach, and honestly, I’m not one hundred percent sure what I want to do with my degree. I chose English because I absolutely love to read and I love to write. Regardless what I do, I need a job encompassing those characteristics. Besides English, my greatest love is philanthropy. For some weird reason, I love fundraising. Luckily, there is a middleman between the two: grant writing. I want to write grants in order to supplement non-profits with the money they need to make their cause shine. Although my path is not linear, I have found a major and I have found my way.

Madeline Breeling

Global Studies

Omaha, NE

The on-campus job I hold and how it impacts me

I work at the UNL Writing Center on campus. It is an extremely flexible job that provides free services to all students, faculty, and staff on campus. I am no English expert and have not mastered grammar by any means, but the Writing Center promotes much more than that. I have learned a great deal from my co-workers and enjoy being able to acquire new concepts and perspectives from my clients. I love being able to work one-on-one with students, exploring their thoughts and helping them develop their own style. This job has made me a better writer than I was before just by exposing me to completely different topics, styles, and idea. It has also offered me a great way to earn money, without the additional stress about schedules, car maintenance, or time management. I am also able to work with professors and staff within the English Department and make contacts that could aid me in the future. Working at an on-campus job has strengthened my ties to the University, and made me feel that I can help others and make an impact within my own academic community.

Angela Cuadros


Glenwood, IA

What is it Like Coming to UNL as an Out-of-State Student?

Coming to UNL as an out-of-state student was both an exciting and highly nerve-wracking experience. It was exciting to be at a school with thousands of students and the ability to start fresh. I hardly knew anyone coming to college, so I was enthralled by the idea of redefining myself. The scary part, however, was figuring out where to start and how to go about meeting people. You are advised to join organizations that interest you, but in those first overwhelming weeks, it can be difficult to find what to join or who to talk to. Take advantage of the floor events that your Resident Assistant holds and make friends that way. The best part of being out-of-state is that you have no predetermined judgments holding you back, so taking advantage of the new people and new environment will provide some great stories for you to take back home.

Dalton Dey


Gresham, NE

The Best Advice I Could Give An Incoming Student

The best advice I could give an incoming student is to be proactive in everything you do. Know your weaknesses, and take the initiative to correct them. For instance, I was bad at studying and time management. I didn’t know this until college started, but I figured it out after bombing a test or two and handing in some shoddily-done homework at the last possible moment. Rather than just accepting that college was a lost cause, I got a planner and started finding people to study with. Both of these helped me do better in the classroom and I even met a few new friends at the same time. One of these new friends introduced me to the Math Resource Center. The Math Resource Center was my saving grace first semester. It’s free and it might save your GPA like it did for me. College definitely takes a while to adapt to, but knowing that things will be different and recognizing that you have to make changes and improvements can make the transition a lot easier.

Michael Dixon


Fort Worth, TX

Why I chose my major and what are my career aspirations

If there’s anything I know about, it’s sports. I don’t just sit around and watch the NFL on Sundays, or play fantasy football with my ‘bros.’ I was raised around various sports, and spent a lot of my time as a young kid either in the press box, on the sidelines, or in the stands. It’s just ingrained into me, and will be forever—so I figured I’d make a career out of what I know best! I also enjoy talking, and I love talking in front of others. Naturally, I’m a broadcaster! I really love hockey (as a Texan, I know) and baseball, and my career goal is to either cover or work for an NHL or MLB team. Whether it’s in the press box writing a story, up in the broadcast booth discussing the action, or in the front office, analyzing the situations, I want to make it to the highest level. Oh, and I want to wear a suit. All the time.

Ashley Fejfar

Forensic Science

Elk Point, SD

What It’s Like Coming to UNL As An Out-of-State Student

I grew up in Elk Point, South Dakota, and decided to come to UNL for college. Being out of state was a scary experience because no one else from my school was coming here. I decided though that I would come into it with an open mind. I got involved in intramurals with people on my floor so I could meet them, and talked with people in class. Homesickness is another common problem coming from out of state. I would Skype my family at least once every two weeks, and tried to call and let them know what is going on. Staying busy and active on campus is the best thing to keep your mind off of it. It gets easier once you develop a support system on campus.

Claire Hawkins

Communication Studies

Hudson, IA

The best advice I could give an incoming student

Use a planner; it may seem like a simple piece of advice, but it’s definitely a valuable resource. While the college experience is about much more than just academics, ultimately we are here at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as students. I’ve found that the first step in being successful is being prepared. The professors do a great job of creating straightforward syllabi, and I’ve used that to my advantage every semester to help me stay on top of my academic workload. It’s beneficial to have exam, quiz, and assignment dates together in one place—a planner. Keeping that information organized also allows you to devote your time purposefully to other activities whether that be going to the rec, seeing a movie with friends or attending meetings for specific student organizations.

Logan Husa

Speech and Language Pathology

Beatrice, NE

My study abroad experience and how it impacted me

This past summer, I was given the opportunity to take a study abroad trip with the Center for Civic Engagement to Guatemala. We worked together building houses for a Guatemalan community. This was a leap outside of my comfort zone since I had not been outside of the country before and I only knew one other person going on the trip. Traveling through a service-learning trip gave me hands-on experience that required me to actively learn through the perspective of other people who live very differently than myself. Working in sweaty work clothes, doing hard manual labor was better than any vacation I’ve ever experienced. Whether the trip is one week or a whole year, studying abroad is definitely worth the investment.

Cassie Irwin


Kearney, NE

Opportunities that UNL has offered me

I had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Retreat. The participants at this retreat were comprised of international students from more than a handful of countries and American students. We were put into small groups and given the chance to get to know each other through interactive teambuilding activities. I cannot say how thankful I am to have gotten to be a part of this event. I got to learn about so many different cultures and discover a world I had not known about through the experiences of my peers. My eyes have been opened to new possibilities. After the retreat, I am more aware of my international friends and the struggles they go through.

Jacob Jarecke

Nutrition and Health Science

Grand Island, NE

Getting involved with a Recognized Student Organization and its impact on me

Getting involved with Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) on UNL’s campus was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my time in Lincoln. Feeling like you are connected to campus and the people around you is one of the best feelings that you can have. Getting involved in several different areas has helped me to accomplish many of my goals for college. RSOs are where I have met some of my greatest friends and shared some of my favorite memories. They’ve given me an opportunity to give to those in need of help and give back to those who have given so much to me. Investing in others through these organizations has made me feel that I’m really a part of something great. With clubs, fundraisers, Greek houses, interest groups, and much more all over campus, there are RSOs out there for everyone!

Gloria Kimbulu

Advertising & Public Relations

Lincoln, NE

Why I chose my Major and What are my Career Aspirations

I am an Advertising & Public Relations major because I love helping people. Usually when you tell someone you want a job where you can help people, people recommend that you become a teacher, doctor, nurse, or missionary. But journalists help people too. My hopes are that when I graduate I will be able to work with a non-profit organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and report on atrocities happening there that the general media tend to overlook. I also want to create documentaries highlighting these atrocities. The DRC holds a special place in my heart because both of my parents are from there. After attending a conference on genocide and mass atrocities I learned how I can tie in my passion for helping people with writing.

Calvin Kittell

Construction Management

Auburn, NE

Moving to Lincoln From a Small Town

When I moved to Lincoln I thought I was prepared for whatever might be thrown at me… I was definitely wrong. My hometown has a population of 3,000 people total, which meant that everyone knew everyone. I decided to introduce myself to other cultures, so I picked a dorm where many international students reside to live in my first year at UNL. Being a junior now looking back, I still think that year was the greatest amount of growth I have had. The next obstacle I ran into was realizing that I needed to be proactive in activities on campus to meet people. I wasn’t used to having to try to meet new people because in high school it seems like friendships just happened without any effort. A quote I like to follow is: “Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”

Nick Knopik

Biological Sciences

Lincoln, NE

Resources I Sought Out On Campus and How It Helped

Since I enrolled at UNL, I cannot begin to estimate the instances that I have felt overwhelmed with class scheduling, degree requirements, scholarship applications, study abroad opportunities, major changes, research possibilities, the looming shadow of graduate school and the future in general. Thankfully the academic advising services at UNL are second to none and have flawlessly assisted me through many of my moments of crisis. Scheduling meetings with academic advisors online is quick and simple. I have sat down with academic advisors from multiple colleges and am always very pleased with their expertise about the courses I need to take in their college and their advice about when to take them. Their dedication to student success has often saved me time and energy. Additionally, the advisors at UNL are friendly and genuinely invested in the students they assist.

Malika Kudaybergenova

Actuarial Science

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Why I Chose My Major And What Are My Career Aspirations

When I was choosing my major, I used the formula of my interests plus earning potential. These two components have to be balanced so that you don’t push yourself every evening to finish boring assignments, and you don’t end up with a major that won’t be in high demand by the time you are trained for it. Highlighting areas I am most passionate about, I discovered Actuarial Science. Once you decide what you are gifted at and what makes your studies interesting and inspiring—you on the way to success! Furthermore, in my home country, the insurance industry is in early development and by the time I graduate as an Actuarial Scientist, the demand of this occupation will be at its peak. What I like about my major is that it combines several different subjects and makes me an asset to many financial institutions.

Mitchell May


Omaha, NE

Most Surprising Thing about UNL

Coming into college, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from my experience. The most frightening thing, to me, was probably the size of the university. With 25,000 undergraduate students, the University seemed massive. What I found once I got adjusted here was very surprising, though. While there are a lot of students attending UNL, it doesn’t seem nearly as large. Getting involved with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) allows you to meet people from around the campus, and the campus seems a lot smaller than it really is. Meeting people from the Residence Halls, Greek Community, and other various RSOs give you unique perspectives and friendships you’ll value throughout your college experience and beyond.

Mitch Musel


Aberdeen, SD

The on-campus job I hold and how it impacts me

I am currently a Resident Assistant (RA) in University Housing, and really enjoy the experience that this position has given me. Being an RA has put me in a leadership role where I’m in charge of a number of residents on my floor, working to not only create healthy roommate relationships within each suite, but also making sure that the floor as a community is communicating and staying active to meet new people and have opportunities to show their leadership skills as well. I’m given a lot of responsibility to make sure that rules are followed and everybody can feel safe while they live here, but it’s also an awesome chance to meet new people from all over the nation and world. I would argue that I’ve learned more from my residents than I’ve taught them on my own, which makes this job even more rewarding. The job has taught me ways to deal with conflict in a healthy way that’s sensitive to both parties involved, which will prove useful later in life as well.

Arvindh Naidu

Advertising & Public Relations

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Why I chose my Major and What are my Career Aspirations

I have been often asked the question why advertising? Every time I reply “it’s a growing field with endless possibilities.” However, the truth is I chose advertising because it’s one of my passions. From big billboards on highways to inspiring and heartwarming advertisements on the television, they are almost always a sight to behold. Marshall McLuhan once said “Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century” and now as we are in the 21st century advertising has only increased in importance. As for my career goals I would like to one day run my own advertising company that creates advertisements that move people either emotionally or physically to go buy that particular product.

Andrew Peters

Music Education

Lincoln, NE

The Best Advice I Could Give an Incoming Student

The best advice I could give would be to involve yourself with something unrelated to your major. It seems like a crazy notion at first; why should I do something unrelated to my studies? The cliché phrase “too much of a good thing” works here. Putting too much time in your studies or even your major area can cause you to quickly become burnt out and unenthused. By diversifying your college life with different activities, not only can you continue to explore other interests, but also you give your life the much-needed variety to keep things fresh and exciting. Whether its video games, a student organization or club, or even just going to the Rec center to work out, find activities that take your mind off your major area of study. It will keep you focused and make your college life more full and enjoyable!

Sydni Rowen

Advertising and Public Relations

Urbandale, IA

The Best Advice I Could Give An Incoming Student

One of my favorite quotes is “People are just people; they shouldn’t make you nervous.” Those words definitely guided me as I entered my college experience. Whether it was interacting with professors or peers, I highly suggest that you take the risk of introducing yourself to people whom you admire. Professors WANT to help you. Upperclassmen LOVE to give advice. A simple conversation can open up endless doors. Of course, I highly recommend studying hard and going to class, but college is about networking and making connections. Be bold from the get-go. Don’t be nervous—they’re just people like you and me.

Kailee Schmitt


Lincoln, NE

The Best Advice I Could Give An Incoming Student

The best advice I would give an incoming student is to make sure you are always taking time for yourself during college. Too many days are spent running around campus frantically either trying to get keep your grades where they should be, being involved in too many things, or just trying to please everyone around you. It’s so important to take care of yourself first despite your busy schedule or else the exhaustion hampers your ability to put forth 100 percent each day. Also, too many times are kids losing sleep and eating unhealthily which results in getting that same sickness each semester, which trust me, is not fun. Each week, do something for yourself in order to stay grounded and slow down for once, your mind and body will thank you for that!

Jackson Sunderman

Secondary Science Education

Lincoln, NE

The on-campus job I hold and its impact on me

Everyone always hears about the financial struggles of a college student, which is definitely reality for a lot of college students. The biggest help that I have had with my dough is my on-campus job. I work at a research lab on East Campus, and it has been one of the most beneficial things I have done for myself since coming to college. The flexibility of my job cannot be beat, especially during my busy academic periods. On weeks when I have an unusually high work load with several tests or quizzes, my work is very understanding that I am a student first. I appreciate that when I come to work I am greeted with a fun and exciting atmosphere where I get the pleasure of getting paid to get great lab experience.

Nathon Tham

Actuarial Science

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Best Advice I Could Give an Incoming Student

Expand your social network like your life depends on it, because it just might. Stepping foot into college will offers countless opportunities to meet new people, but it’s up to us to monopolize that valuable experience. As cliché as it sounds, befriending your professors or even your TAs is vital in ensuring well-written recommendation letters, apart from internship opportunities or even teaching positions. College has and always will be a good time to build solid, lifelong relationships. Move around during the semester, constantly switching seats and get to know the person next to you. Taking the initiative to introduce yourself goes a long way—heck, you might even get a date out of it. Networking is a prime example of a snowball effect; you get introduced to more and more people, and suddenly you land an unexpected job, or an unforgettable experience, or at the very least some new friends. Take every single opportunity to build your network because it can and it will make all the difference.

Autumn Trujillo


Lincoln, NE

Being involved in research on campus

When I look back at the advice that I received most coming into college, it was to “experience a variety of things so that you can narrow down what you want to do for the rest of your life.” As a psychology major I received the opportunity to do research in the behavioral psychology department. I facilitated research to undergrads for three consecutive semesters. The first semester I told myself I was just trying it out to see what research would be like. The second semester I started to gain a better grasp on all of the working parts of research. After I finished my third semester as a research assistant I realized that this particular field in psychology was not for me. I was thankful for the opportunity because it made me realize what I do enjoy about psychology. I encourage everyone to seek out research opportunities because you never know the impact it might have on you.

Jake Vasa


Nebraska City, NE

Getting Involved in an RSO and its impact on me

My freshman year I attended Dance Marathon (DM), a 12-hour event that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Our motto is “Dancing for those who can’t.” It was easily one of the most impactful things I have ever done. There were a lot of fun things going on, entertainment, dancing (of course), but what impacted me the most was the family stories. Deep and heartfelt, their stories made me want to become more involved. Fast forward two years and I’ve since become the Internal Vice President, and I can’t imagine my life without DM. This past year as the Fundraising Chair I had the privilege of helping Dance Marathon raise $143,000, which was $42,000 more than we raised the year before.

Carlos Velasco


Shelby, NE

Most Surprising Thing About UNL

I think the most surprising thing about UNL is really how progressively artistic and independent the culture is. When you first think of Lincoln, Nebraska, you don’t immediately think of great art, music, or film but I found all that and more at UNL. UNL has a great culture of cultivating everyone’s individual stories which means that you are encouraged to really find out what kind of person you want to be in life and make a unique mark on the world. UNL’s culture has led to a surprising amount of amazing art, music, film and more such as great social practice and environmental involvement options! There’s definitely something in Lincoln for every single kind of person out there, and it is surprising to see how much it actually grows and nourishes that culture of being unique.

Josh Waltjer

Political Science

Sioux Falls, SD

My study abroad experience and how it impacted me

During the summer between my freshman and sophomore years at UNL, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a Fulbright Summer Institute Program. I travelled to Wales for six weeks to study politics, culture, and industrial change with seven other students. Throughout this time, I toured about one dozen castles, met some of the highest officials in the Welsh government, and took on breathtaking outdoor adventures. I also learned to appreciate the rich history and culture of the Welsh people through interaction with my professors, tour guides, and other locals. I departed Wales with a great appreciation for cultural immersion, and a desire to see more of the world.

Tori Wheeler


Clay Center, NE

Getting involved with a Recognized Student Organization and its impact on me

When I came to UNL one of the things I was most concerned about was finding a church similar to the one I attended back home and feeling comfortable there. I was able to find a wonderful local church called Christ’s Place, and even better was their special outreach program for college students. UNL students attending Christ’s Place had developed a Recognized Student Organization called Campus Church (C2), and held worship services on campus for students on Tuesdays. I was really excited to get involved with this RSO and after my first semester of attending C2 and getting to know the students I was invited to join the leadership team that developed all the C2 programs. The friends I made at C2 were always familiar faces around campus and we had a lot of fun participating in UNL events like Big Red Welcome, Husker Watch Parties, The Big Event, and many more.

Veronica Zhang

Child, Youth and Family Studies

Xian, China

What it is like coming to UNL as an international student

Coming to UNL as an international student two and a half years ago I was excited but also somewhat concerned about my upcoming journey. Will I make friends? Will people laugh at me because of my accent? Most importantly, will I be accepted here? In the past years, I became a member in our college’s advisory board and a cultural Ambassador. I became involved with a national entrepreneurial organization named Enactus and a research project. I studied abroad in Germany representing Nebraska. Now, as a junior being here for almost three years, I can confidently answer all the questions above now. Yes, I am accepted, and studying here is probably the best choice I have made in my life so far. UNL has provided students many opportunities to get involved, and regardless of your cultural background, you can always contribute to this campus and feel incorporated if you try.