Parent/Guardian Information

Parent & Guardian Information

We are excited to welcome you and your student to the Husker family.

Through New Student Enrollment, you’ll learn how the university supports your student and how you can, too.

The NSE process has two distinct parts for students:

  1. Orientation
  2. Academic advising/course enrollment

Both parts can be completed online, making them safe, convenient, and easy to complete from home or elsewhere. NSE steps are sequential, and the sooner your student completes them, the sooner they’ll get enrolled in their first-semester courses. Their first step will be the orientation reservation.

Orientation reservations open October 11, 2021 for Spring 2022 freshman admits who’ve paid the enrollment deposit.

NSE Details

Orientation Reservation

Your student’s first NSE step is to submit their orientation reservation. Their orientation reservation is their official way of indicating to us that they’d like to move forward with new-student processes. The system opens October 11, 2021 for freshmen admitted for Spring 2022.

Your student will access the orientation reservation in MyRED via the “Admissions” tab. Their $250 enrollment deposit (ED) must be paid before they can access NSE steps. They can pay the ED on the Admissions tab in MyRED. Please direct deposit-related questions to admissions@unl.edu.


Online Orientation (for students)

All Spring 2022 admits will be required to complete an Online Orientation in Canvas, the university’s academic portal. Your student’s orientation reservation will display a date for Online Orientation. That date is when the Online Orientation will open to them. They are not required to access the orientation on that date specifically, but they should complete it within two weeks of that date. Your student will receive an email from NSE on their assigned orientation date with access instructions.

We offer a free, publicly available Online Orientation for parents and family members (more information available on the Parent/Family Online Orientation section of this page).


In-Person Orientation (for students and guests)

NSE will host an optional In-Person Orientation for freshmen on January 13. The In-Person Orientation is a supplement to, not a replacement for, the Online Orientation. All new students are required to complete the Online Orientation, regardless of attending In-Person Orientation.

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. Registration for In-Person Orientation is separate from the Online Orientation reservation in MyRED. Students will receive an invite to register for In-Person Orientation via email when the reservation opens November 22.

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. Please note that students and their guests will spend a portion of the orientation day apart, including lunch.

For additional details and a link to a sample schedule, check out the In-Person Orientation information on our Freshman student page.


Academic Advising and Enrollment

In the past, advising, enrollment, and orientation content were all part of our one-day NSE program. By separating orientation from advising/enrollment and making advising/enrollment a virtual process, we were able to nearly triple the average length of the advising appointment compared to previous years and make the appointment more private. Virtual advising will save your student an extra trip to campus without sacrificing a live, quality interaction with their advisor.


Pre-advising Tasks

After your student has submitted their Online Orientation reservation, they can access pre-advising tasks, which are the Math Placement Exam (required), Advising Inventory (required), and the Modern Language Placement Exam (depends on major/admit college). These must be completed before they’ll be able to schedule their virtual academic advising appointment.


Advising Appointment Sign-up

After your student has completed pre-advising tasks, they can sign up for a one-hour virtual academic advising appointment. They cannot access the appointment scheduling system unless the pre-advising tasks are complete. Advising appointments begin November 15, 2021 for Spring 2022 admits.

Your student’s Online Orientation date is unrelated to advising/enrollment. They do not have to complete orientation before being advised and enrolled. Similarly, they do not have to be advised/enrolled before orientation.

Your student will follow the advising appointment scheduling instructions to set up their appointment.


The Advising Appointment

Your student’s appointment will last about one hour and will happen virtually, most likely via Zoom, unless alternative arrangements have been made. Your student will receive the Zoom link (or other appointment access instructions) directly from their college via email approximately 2–3 business days before their appointment.

To ensure a high-quality advising experience, it is important that your student is prepared for the appointment. They should be at home or at another private location, if possible, where they can focus on their appointment.

They should use a computer during the appointment, if possible, for the best screen-sharing experience. If they indicated on their appointment reservation that they do not have computer or internet access, that information will be shared with their advisor, and they will modify the appointment accordingly.

During the appointment, your student and their advisor will get to know each other, discuss degree requirements, review incoming credit (if applicable), identify course options, build your student’s course schedule, and enroll your student in first-semester classes.


Parent/Family Online Orientation

Parents and family members can access a comprehensive virtual orientation through Canvas, the university’s learning management system. The parent and family site is public and does not require a login (students will complete their Online Orientation within their Canvas account). Even if you attend In-Person Orientation with your student, you will be able to access the Parent/Family Online Orientation, which opens November 1. Parents/guardians whose email addresses are included on their student’s admissions application will receive an email with a direct link to the orientation on November 1. A direct link will also be posted on this site.

The parent/family orientation is structured sequentially, meaning there are four modules through which users can navigate page by page to access information about academic success, life as a Husker, paying for college, and student next steps. Completing all four modules in one sitting takes up to 1.5 hours (it does not have to be completed in one sitting; it is available on demand). Users can directly access pages of interest by clicking on the “Modules” tab in the course navigation. Though the platform is accessible on smartphones and other devices, using a computer provides the best experience.


After Advising and Orientation

There is an abundance of research that shows a positive correlation between familial involvement and a student’s successful transition. Communication is key, both before arrival to UNL and afterward.


Parent/Guest MyRed access

If your student would like to grant you access to information in MyRed, check out this tutorial.


Family Weekend/UNL Parent Newsletter

Visit the UNL Parents Association website to learn about Family Weekend and read the UNL Parent Newsletter. You can also subscribe to the monthly newsletter to receive it by email.


Campus parking

You may want to review the comprehensive UNL parking guide with your student. Your student can access the portal to order their permit after they’re enrolled in classes.


Campus jobs

Your student can access Handshake, the UNL jobs platform, to start looking for on-campus work opportunities, internships and events after they’re enrolled in classes.


NCard application

The NCard will be your student’s campus ID card. They are required to submit an NCard application and upload a photo. They will need a government-issued ID (typically a driver’s license) to pick up their card on campus in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R Street. After they submit their application, they’ll get an email from the NCard office with pickup instructions. If they’re not in Lincoln, they can pick up their card when they arrive on campus.


New Student Health Requirement

All new students are required to provide immunization records. Learn more about the New Student Health Requirement here.

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. They should bring the completed form with them when they arrive on campus. Students who are 17 should wait until their eighteenth 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.


Duo setup

After your student is enrolled in courses, the next time they log in to MyRed, Canvas, or Huskers email, they'll be prompted to protect their accounts via Two-Factor Authentication. The can find a step-by-step guide at go.unl.edu/duoguide.


Huskers email

After they’re enrolled in classes, your student can log in to their Huskers email at mymail.unl.edu. They’ll use their MyUNL account ID plus @huskers.unl.edu to log in (example: hhusker2@huskers.unl.edu). To find their MyUNL ID, they can follow these instructions.


Academic support

Your student should familiarize themself 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. Find a list of subject-specific academic resource centers around campus here.


"U Got This!" training

After your student is enrolled in Spring classes, they’ll get access to the university’s required training about university policies, resources, and reporting options related to sexual misconduct. They must complete the training before classes begin.