Freshmen Checklist

Freshmen Checklist

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

Before New Student Enrollment

  • Make your Orientation reservation. Reservations open May 3, 2021 for first-year students admitted for Summer/Fall 2021.
  • Complete the pre-advising tasks in MyRed (these must be completed before you are eligible to sign up for you advising appointment):
  • Register for your one-hour virtual academic advising appointment in MyRed.
  • Complete the Pre-Registration Health Requirement Form prior to your Orientation day. All students are required to provide immunization records.
  • Students who are 18 years old must have a Power of Attorney Form signed by their parent/guardian to receive care at the University Health Center.
  • Apply for your NCard and upload a photo prior to your Orientation day.
  • Complete your University Housing contract or on-campus residence form if you haven’t already done so. All incoming, first-year and/or unmarried students enrolled for six or more credit hours, and who are under the age of 19 prior to the first day of the fall semester of the current academic year, are required to live in university-approved housing.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you haven't already done so.
  • Complete your financial aid "to do" requirements in MyRED.
  • Confirm that your IB, AP and transfer credits as well as your final high school transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions no later than July 1.

Special Interests

After New Student Enrollment

  • Set up 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. Find a step-by-step guide at
  • Find your MyUNL username. An email will be sent after your NSE day with your username or access your MyUNL username through TrueYou (this is a different username than MyRed). Your account ID will be used to access Canvas, Huskers email, the parking portal, wireless internet, and other password-protected UNL systems. To find your MyUNL account, go to and follow these instructions.
  • Log in to your Huskers email at You’ll use your MyUNL account ID plus to log in (example:
  • Update your contact info in MyRED. Designate your phone number and email address as primary—not your parents'!
  • 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.
  • Download the Nebraska App. The Nebraska app will contain maps, your class schedule, events on or around campus, news, campus notifications, and more. Go to the app store on your mobile device and search “Nebraska.”
  • The Year One College Behavior Profile (Y1CBP) is an online alcohol and other drug education program designed to help students learn about alcohol and marijuana’s effect on the mind and body, correct misperceptions about student alcohol and marijuana use, increase awareness of protective factors, and identify strategies for intervening with a friend who has had too much to drink. The program takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and includes information about campus and community laws and policies as well as resources available to students at UNL. Complete the survey here.

Special Interests

  • If you will live in a fraternity chapter, contact to inquire about cancelling your University Housing contract.
  • Use Handshake to find a job, including work study.

Before Move-in

Special Interests

  • Sorority Primary Recruitment will take place the week before UNL’s Fall 2021 academic courses begin. Visit the Panhellenic Primary Recruitment website.


  • Watch for emails and University Housing’s website for information about move-in.

After Move-in

  • Check out Big Red Welcome events online.
  • Review your class schedule and locate your classroom buildings. New Student Enrollment will run Class Schedule Tours during Big Red Welcome.
  • Transfer prescriptions to the Health Center by bringing in your medicine container with labels attached.
  • Connect your computers and mobile devices to the UNL wireless network.
  • Contact your academic advisor if a course change is necessary.

During the first three weeks of the semester