Parent/Spouse/Guest Information

Parent, Spouse & Guest 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.

If you’ve had a student go through NSE before, you’ll notice that NSE 2021 will look different. Even so, we’re as committed as ever to ensuring your student has a smooth transition to the university. We’re here for you, too!

The NSE process has two distinct parts for students:

  1. Orientation
  2. Academic advising/course enrollment

Both parts are entirely 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 April 5, 2021 for Summer/Fall 2021 transfer 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 April 5, 2021 for transfers admitted for Summer/Fall 2021.

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

Online Orientation (for students)

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 that 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).

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 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 April 14, 2021 for Summer/Fall 2021 transfer admits.

Your student’s 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 3-4 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 using the Degree Planner tool, 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 who select Online Orientation will complete their 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. The orientation is accessible at this link.

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.

Live webinars

NSE has partnered with campus colleagues to create a series of live webinars, which are open to students, parents, and family members, to supplement the Online Orientation. Hosts will address frequently asked questions and answer live questions submitted by participants. Check out our webinars page for more details.

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.

Campus jobs

Your student can access Handshake, the UNL jobs platform, to start looking for on-campus work opportunities, internships and events.