Getting Started at Nebraska
Through New Student Enrollment, you'll go from an admitted student to a current Husker. Whether this is your first time in college or you’ve made the college transition before, we’re here to help you successfully make the transition to student life at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
The NSE process has two distinct parts that include various steps:
- Academic advising/course enrollment
NSE processes open October 10, 2023 for Spring 2024 admits who’ve paid the enrollment deposit. Check out all the NSE details below to see what you can expect.
Your first NSE step is to submit your orientation reservation. Your orientation reservation is your official way of indicating to us that you’d like to move forward with new-student processes. The orientation reservation opens October 10, 2023 for students admitted for Spring 2024.
- Log in to MyRED, click the "Admissions" tab, "Undergraduate," and then "Orientation Reservation."
- On the first page of the reservation, confirm your major. If the major displayed is not your desired major, please submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED "Admissions" tab.
- Your reservation will display a date for Online Orientation. That date is when the Online Orientation will open to you. You are not required to access the orientation on that
date specifically, but you should complete it within two weeks of that date. You will receive an email from NSE on that date with access instructions.
- You do not need to complete the Online Orientation before continuing with NSE processes.
- Submit your orientation reservation. After submission, you can begin pre-advising tasks.
After you've submitted your orientation reservation, you can access pre-advising tasks. The pre-advising tasks must be completed before you’re able to schedule your academic advising appointment. During your advising appointment, you’ll enroll in first-semester classes with your advisor’s help.
Submit the Advising Inventory
The Advising Inventory is a series of questions about your academic experience, incoming credit, interests, goals and personal characteristics. Your advisor will review your inventory responses before your appointment. You can access the Advising Inventory in MyRED by clicking on the "Admissions" tab, then "Undergraduate," then "New Student Enrollment Advising Inventory." If the major displayed is not your desired major, please submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED "Admissions" tab.
Take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) (If Applicable)
The goal of the Math Placement Exam is to identify math courses in which you are likely to find success. To inform academic advising, students in certain majors must take the MPE, regardless of previous math experience. If you have incoming credit for college-level math coursework, your MPE results will not affect how that credit applies. You can take the exam online up to three times (once per 24 hours). We encourage you to utilize the practice exam. Students for whom the MPE is required will not be able to schedule an advising appointment if the MPE is not complete.
Take the Modern Language Placement Exam (if applicable)
Complete the Modern Language Placement Exam if you plan to pursue German, French or Spanish at the university or if your college or major is listed on this page. You can access the exam on the "Admissions" tab in MyRED.
Advising Appointment Sign-up
After you've completed pre-advising tasks, you can sign up for a virtual or in-person academic advising appointment. You cannot access the appointment scheduling system unless the pre-advising tasks are complete. Advising appointments begin in November (specific date depends on your major/college) for Spring 2024 admits.
Your Online Orientation access date is unrelated to advising/enrollment. You do not need to complete orientation before being advised and enrolled. Similarly, you do not have to be advised/enrolled before doing the online orientation.
Scheduling an Appointment
- Log in to MyRED, click the "Admissions" tab, "Undergraduate," and then "Academic Advising Appointment."
- Note: Your MPE results must be received by the Math department and uploaded to your student file before you can schedule your appointment. This process may take 1–2 business days. If the reservation form displays an "ineligible" message, please be patient while your MPE results are processed.
- On the first page of the reservation, confirm your major. If the major displayed is not your desired major, please submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED "Admissions" tab. If you request a change of major, do not proceed with the advising reservation until your request is processed.
- Select in-person or virtual (Zoom) advising. Then, select a date and time for your academic advising appointment. All times are listed in Central U.S. time. Appointments average 45–60 minutes.
- By submitting a reservation, you are committing to the appointment. Please mark your calendar accordingly. Your advisor will prepare for the appointment in advance and will be expecting you on the day and time you select.
- Complete remaining fields on the reservation and submit. Within one business day after submitting your reservation, you'll receive a confirmation email with details about preparing for your appointment. About 1–2 business days before your appointment, your college will email you to provide you with your advisor’s name and a Zoom link (for virtual advising) or office directions (for in-person advising). details.
Advising and Enrollment
Your appointment will last about 45–60 minutes. You will receive the Zoom link (for virtual advising) or office directions (for in-person advising) directly from your college via email approximately 1–2 business days before your appointment. For in-person advising, plan to arrive on campus at least 20–30 minutes before your appointment to ensure you have time to park, walk and find your advising location.
During your appointment, you and your advisor will get to know each other, discuss degree requirements, review your incoming transfer credit (if applicable), identify course options, build your course schedule and enroll in first-semester classes.
To build your schedule and enroll, your advisor will help you use the Enrollment Scheduler in MyRED. Each course is a piece of the puzzle, and the Scheduler will arrange those pieces into various schedule options from which you can choose. Depending on your major, incoming credit, course availability, personal scheduling considerations and other factors, you may have lots of schedule options to choose from, or you may just have 1–2. Regardless, your advisor will ensure that your schedule includes whichever courses you need in your first semester.
On the date you were given when you made your orientation reservation (November 1 is the earliest date), you will gain access to the Online Orientation in Canvas, which is the university's learning management system (Think of it like an academic portal.) You will receive an email on your access date with detailed instructions. The orientation content will support your transition and help you be successful at Nebraska. You do not have to complete Online Orientation before being advised and enrolling in courses.
The orientation is made up of four modules that will introduce you to resources, strategies and information related to academic success, including life as a Husker, paying for college and next steps. It is asynchronous, meaning it is not hosted live and is available on demand. You'll navigate through the pages sequentially and you'll complete a short quiz to mark completion of the orientation. You have two weeks from your access date to complete all four modules (The whole orientation only takes about 90 minutes to complete, so two weeks is plenty!). You do not have to complete the orientation in one sitting; you can leave and re-enter the orientation as needed. After completion, the orientation will remain accessible to you throughout your first semester so that you can refer to it as needed.
To access Canvas, you'll first need to configure your password. Follow the steps in the password configuration tutorial to set up your Canvas account. On and after your access date, you'll be able to log in and find the NSE course in your Canvas dashboard. You'll also receive a direct link to the course via email once it's accessible to you.
We also offer a free, publicly available Parent/Guest Online Orientation, which opens November 1 in Canvas. No login is required for the Parent/Guest Orientation course.
NSE will host an optional In-Person Orientation for freshmen and transfers on January 18, 2024. The In-Person Orientation is a supplement to, not a replacement for, the Online Orientation. All Spring admits are required to complete the Online Orientation, regardless of attending In-Person Orientation.
The reservation processes for Online Orientation and In-Person Orientation are separate. You must submit an Online Orientation reservation via MyRED, and you should do so as soon as possible starting October 10. After submitting your Online Orientation reservation, you'll gain access to pre-advising steps like the Advising Inventory and the Math Placement Exam, which must be completed before you can schedule your academic advising appointment.
The In-Person Orientation reservation will be an online form, which you'll receive via email. The reservation form will open December 15. Because it is optional, your In-Person Orientation reservation is not tied to academic advising or course enrollment. Academic advisors will not be available during the orientation day for enrollment-related questions.
In-Person Orientation is a great option for students who'd like to spend time on campus, meet other students and ask questions to university staff members. In-Person Orientation includes brief informational sessions about: academic success and support; opportunities, requirements and expectations specific to your admit college; and financial aid/paying for college. Additionally, attendees will spend time in small groups having lunch together and visiting key locations on campus. At the beginning of the day, several campus departments will host booths where students can ask questions or get more information.
Students can bring up to two guests to In-Person Orientation for a fee of $15 per guest. Guests can be registered for orientation via the student's In-Person Orientation reservation. At orientation check-in, the guest fee(s) will be charged to the student's first consolidated student bill, which will be due in February. The guest fee cannot be paid by cash, check or other methods.
Receive your nametag and welcome bag. Interact with representatives from campus departments at info booths.
Get an overview of the day's schedule and meet the orientation leaders.
Learn about opportunities, expectations, advising structures and requirements for your admit college.
Hear from University Housing if you are living on campus or attend a session for students commuting from off-campus to learn tips and tricks.
Academic Success and Support
Hear from the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST) about the habits of a successful student and the resources available to foster academic success.
Campus Walking Tour (Small Groups)
Visit some key campus locations and learn about the student experience through the lens of an orientation leader.
Lunch (Dining Center)
Have lunch with students from your Life of a Husker group.
"Life of a Husker" student edition (small groups)
Learn about next steps and helpful tips for being a Husker.
Ask questions to university staff members and an orientation leader via an informal panel.
Paying for College
Hear from Husker Hub about processes and support related to financial aid, bill payment, and more.
After you've completed both parts of the NSE process (orientation and advising/enrollment), you're ready for your final preparations as a new Husker. Refer to the "Next Steps" module in the Online Orientation for a full overview of to-do items. Some steps are highlighted below.
The NCard will be your campus ID card. You are required to submit an NCard application and upload a photo. You will need a government-issued ID (typically a driver's license) to pick up your card on campus in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R Street. After you submit your application, you'll receive an email from the NCard office with pickup instructions. If you're not in Lincoln, you can pick up your card when you arrive on campus.
New Student Health Requirement
All new students are required to provide immunization records. Learn more about the New Student Health Requirement.
Students who are 18 should have their parent or guardian complete and notarize the Power of Attorney Form to expedite care at the University Health Center. Please bring the completed form with you when you arrive on campus. Students who are 17 should wait until their 18th birthday to have their parent or guardian complete and notarize the Power of Attorney Form. Students who are 19 or older do not need to submit the Power of Attorney Form.
Register for Two-Factor Authentication to access your university accounts. After you're enrolled in courses, the next time you log in to MyRED, Canvas, or Huskers email, you'll be prompted to protect your accounts. View additional Duo details.
Look through the comprehensive UNL parking guide and access the portal to order your permit.
Familiarize yourself with all of the academic support provided by the Center for Academic Success and Transitions (CAST). CAST staff help students with time management, note-taking, free tutoring, study strategies and more. View a list of subject-specific academic resource centers around campus.
After you've enrolled in courses you can access Handshake, the UNL jobs platform, to start looking for on-campus work opportunities, internships and events.