Freshmen Checklist

Freshmen Checklist

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

Before New Student Enrollment

Urgent

Special Interests

After New Student Enrollment

Urgent

  • Claim your MyUNL (Canvas account). You'll need your username and password to log in and obtain a parking permit, as well as register for on-campus wireless internet. Instructors post syllabi, grades and assignments in Canvas. To activate your MyUNL account, go to trueyou.nebraska.edu/SelfService/ and follow these instructions.
  • Update your contact info in MyRED. Designate your phone number and email address as primary—not your parents'!
  • Claim your university email account.

Strongly Recommended

  • Familiarize yourself with MyRED for course registration, billing statements, scholarships and financial aid, degree audits and other important University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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.
  • Register to vote/update your voter registration with TurboVote.

Special Interests

  • If you will live in a fraternity, cancel your University Housing contract.
  • Use Handshake to find a job, including work study.

Before Move-in

Urgent

Strongly Recommended

  • Download the UNL Move-in guide via the Husker Campus Guides app for helpful tips and directions.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Read over Housing’s policies and procedures.
  • Contact your roommate to discuss expectations and check out what to bring.
  • Talk with family about how you will update them on your academic progress, how often you will call, budgets and whether 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 University Bookstore, order in advance.
  • Bookmark First-Year Experience & Transition Programs for academic coaching, workshops and study stop locations.

Special Interests

  • Sorority Primary Recruitment runs August 12–18. Download the Greek Affairs guide in the Husker Campus Guides mobile app for more info.

Move-in

  • Official move-in begins August 16. Odd floors move in on August 16 and even floors on August 17 between 8 a.m.–4 p.m. You can move in after 4 p.m. either day regardless of floor assignment. If you are moving in early, you must sign up for a move-in time on the housing website (opening in early August). If you are part of a group that moves in before August 16, you will be given other specific instructions. Find more information about move-in.

After Move-in

Urgent

  • Review your class schedule and locate your classroom buildings. New Student Enrollment will run Class Schedule Tours on August 18 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. starting in the Nebraska Union.
  • 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 the Big Red Welcome guide via the Husker Campus Guides app or online.
  • Register mobile devices to use campus Wi-Fi .

Strongly Recommended

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

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.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in early October to develop your academic plan.
  • Attend a free academic workshop.
  • Find at least one academic and one interest-related student organization to be a part of.
  • Open a University MyStyle Checking account through Union Bank online.
  • Attend Husker Dialogues on Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Incoming first-year students will participate in Husker Dialogues, a diversity and inclusion event facilitated by more than 370 faculty, staff and student conversation guides.