Freshmen Checklist

Make sure you're prepared every step of the way.

Before New Student Enrollment

Urgent

Special Interests

  • Fraternity Recruitment runs May 8-August 14. Complete application.
  • Sorority Recruitment Registration runs May 15-July 15. Apply.
  • Download the Fraternity and Sorority Life guide in your Nebraska Guides app

After New Student Enrollment

Urgent

  • Claim your MyUNL (Blackboard account) via email sent the day after NSE. You need the log-in & password to obtain a parking permit and register for campus wireless. Instructors post syllabi, grades, and assignments in Blackboard.
  • Update your contact info in MyRed. Designate your phone number and email address as primary—not your parents!
  • Claim your UNL email account.

Strongly Recommended

  • Familiarize yourself with MyRed for course registration, billing statements, scholarships and financial aid, degree audits, and other important UNL information.
  • Review the Student Accounts Guide for new students and parents with details about payment plans, bills, and direct deposit. Set up your direct deposit by August 1.

Special Interests

  • If you will live in a fraternity, cancel your University Housing contract by August 15 to avoid paying the 40% balance.
  • Use Husker Hire to find a job, including work study.

Before Arrival

Urgent

Strongly Recommended

  • Download UNL Housing Move-in guide via the Nebraska Guides app for helpful tips and directions
  • Familiarize yourself with the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Read over Housing’s policies and procedures.
  • Talk with family about how you will update them on your academic progress, how often you will call, budgets, and if you plan to give them access to your MyRED account.
  • Determine what textbooks you need and where you will purchase them. If you plan to purchase from the UNL Bookstore, order in advance.
  • Bookmark First-Year Experience & Transition Programs for academic coaching, workshops, and study stop locations.

Special Interests

  • Sorority Recruitment runs August 14–20. Download the Fraternity and Sorority Life guide in the Nebraska Guides mobile app for more info.

Move-in

  • Official move-in begins August 18. Even floors move in on August 18 and odd floors on the 19 between 8 a.m.–4 p.m. You can move in after 4 pm either day regardless of floor assignment. If you are moving in on August 14, 17, or 18, you must sign up for a move-in time on the housing web site (opening August 4th). If you are part of a group that moves in before the 18th, you will be given other specific instructions.

After Move-in

Urgent

  • Review your class schedule and locate your classroom buildings. New Student Enrollment will run Class Schedule Tours on August 20.
  • Pay your tuition bill by September 12. Visit Student Accounts.
  • Transfer prescriptions to the Health Center by bringing in your medicine container with labels attached.
  • Check out the Welcome Week events in your Big Red Welcome guide in your Nebraska Guides app or online.
  • Register mobile devices to use campus Wi-Fi.

Strongly Recommended

  • Contact your academic advisor if a course change is necessary.

Special Interests

  • Learn about multicultural or historically African American fraternities and sororities by attending workshops on August 29, 31, or September 2.

During the first three weeks of the semester

Strongly Recommended

  • Visit your professor’s office hours and introduce yourself!
  • Schedule an appointment with a success coach (through MyPLAN) to plan your semester goals and study strategies.
  • Integrate study stop locations into your study routine. See locations.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in early October to develop your academic plan.
  • Attend a free academic workshop. See list of topics.
  • Find at least one academic and one interest-related student organization to be a part of.
  • Attend the UNL “Stroll-Off” sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council, Friday, September 9.