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.

We’re here to help your student connect with peers, get enrolled in courses, and start their transition as a Husker. We’re here for you, too!

The NSE process has two distinct parts for students:

  1. Orientation
  2. Academic advising/course enrollment

NSE steps are sequential, and the sooner your student completes them, the sooner they’ll be able to schedule their advising/enrollment appointment. Their first step will be the orientation reservation.

Orientation reservations open October 11, 2022 for Spring 2023 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, 2022 for freshmen admitted for Spring 2023.

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

On the first page of the orientation reservation, your student will confirm their major. If the major displayed is not their desired major, they will need to submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED Admissions tab. If they request a change of major, they should not proceed with the orientation reservation until their request is processed.

The reservation will automatically display a date for Online Orientation. That date is when the Online Orientation will open to your student. They are not required to access the orientation on that date specifically, but they should complete it within two weeks of that date. They will receive an email from NSE on that date with access instructions.

After submitting the orientation reservation, they can begin pre-advising tasks.

In-Person Orientation

NSE will host an optional In-Person Orientation for Spring freshman admits and their parents/guests on January 19, 2023. 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. Students must submit an Online Orientation reservation via MyRED, and they should do so as soon as possible starting October 11. After submitting their Online Orientation reservation, they’ll gain access to pre-advising steps like the Advising Inventory and the Math Placement Exam, which must be completed before they can schedule their academic advising appointment.

The In-Person Orientation reservation will be an online form, which students will receive via email. The reservation form will open November 21. Because it is optional, the student’s 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 their 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 parents or 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 day apart, including lunch.

Sample Schedule

This schedule is intended to give you a general idea of what to expect. It is subject to change as circumstances evolve.

Time Student Activity Parent Activity
9 a.m.

Check-in/Info Fair

Receive your nametag and welcome bag; interact with representatives from campus departments at info booths.

9:30 a.m.

Welcome Session

Get an overview of the day’s schedule and meet the orientation leaders.

9:45 a.m.

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.

10:15 a.m.

College Session

Learn about opportunities, expectations, advising structures, and requirements for your admit college.

11 a.m.


Have lunch with students from your Life of a Husker group.

Campus Walking Tour (small groups)

Visit some key campus locations and learn about the student experience through the lens of an orientation leader.

12:45 p.m.

"Life of a Husker" student edition (small groups)

Learn about next steps and helpful tips for being a Husker.

Parent/Guest Panel

Ask questions to university staff members and an orientation leader via an informal panel.

1:35 p.m.

Paying for College

Hear from Husker Hub about processes and support related to financial aid, bill payment, and more.

2 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

End-of-day Tasks

  • NCard Pickup
  • Walk-in appointments at Husker Hub (optional)

Student Online Orientation

The Online Orientation reservation system will assign your student an access date (November 1 is the earliest date). On that date, your student will gain access to the Online Orientation in Canvas, which is the university’s learning management system (think of it like an academic portal). Your student is not required to access the orientation on that date, but they are expected to complete it within two weeks of that date. They do not have to complete Online Orientation before being advised and enrolled in courses.

The orientation is made up of four modules that will introduce your student to resources, strategies, and departments related to academic success, life as a Husker, paying for college, and next steps. It is “asynchronous,” meaning it is not hosted live and is available on demand. Your student will navigate through the pages sequentially, and they’ll complete a short quiz to mark completion of the orientation. They have two weeks from their assigned access date to complete all four modules (the whole orientation only takes about two hours to complete, so two weeks is plenty!). They do not have to complete the orientation in one sitting; they can leave and re-enter the orientation. After completion, the orientation will remain accessible to your student throughout their first semester so that they can refer to it as needed.

We offer a free, publicly available Online Orientation for parents and family members. Please see the “Parent/Family Online Orientation” section on this page for more information.

Academic Advising and Enrollment

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 are all accessible within MyRED > Admissions and must be completed before they’ll be able to schedule their academic advising appointment.

Advising Appointment Sign-up

After your student has completed pre-advising tasks, they can sign up for a one-hour virtual or in-person academic advising appointment. They cannot access the appointment scheduling system unless the pre-advising tasks are complete. Advising appointments begin November 15, 2022 for Spring 2023 freshman admits.

Your student’s Online Orientation date is not connected 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 in MyRED.

The Advising Appointment

Your student’s appointment will last about one hour. They will receive the Zoom link (for virtual advising) or office directions (for in-person advising) directly from their admit college via email approximately 1–2 business days before their appointment. To ensure a high-quality advising experience, it is important that your student is prepared for the appointment. If your student selected virtual advising, they should be at home or at another private location, if possible, where they can focus on their appointment. They should use a computer, if possible, for the best screen-sharing experience.

If they selected in-person advising, they should plan to arrive to campus 20–30 minutes before their appointment to ensure they have time to park, walk, and find their advising location.

During the appointment, your student and their advisor will get to know each other, discuss degree requirements using the Degree Planner tool, review incoming credit (if applicable), identify course options, build your student’s course schedule, and enroll 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 orientation within their Canvas account).

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. We hope you will talk with your student about ways to manage time, persevere when challenged, and ask for help when needed.

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.

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 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.

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

Huskers email

After they’re enrolled in classes, your student can log in to their Huskers email at They’ll use their MyUNL account ID plus to log in (example: 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.