Freshman Applicants

The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska established minimum admission requirements for first-time freshman students effective fall 1997 semester. Prospective students should be aware that individual colleges may require additional credentials or have other requirements for specific programs. It also should be noted that these requirements may not pertain to policies for transfer students, international applicants, readmission and non-degree students.

Required Documentation

  1. Undergraduate Application for Admission
  2. Application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable)
  3. One (1) official high school transcript and/or official GED Equivalency Scores
    • One (1) official high school transcript must be sent to the UNO Office of Admissions directly from the high school. The high school transcript must be a cumulative record of all high school course work completed. If the high school transcript does not verify graduation at the time the application is submitted, a final high school transcript must be sent following graduation. Hand-carried or student submitted transcripts will not be accepted.
    • Students with the GED (General Education Diploma) whose high school class would have graduated in 1997 or after must submit an official high school transcript of high school course work completed, GED equivalency scores, and ACT or SAT test results. Official GED scores must be sent directly from the State Department of Education. Students who would have graduated from high school prior to January 1997 need only submit official GED scores.
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores
    • Prospective applicants should take either the ACT or the SAT during their junior year or early in their senior year of high school. Freshman applicants no longer in high school may arrange to take the ACT exam though the UNO Testing Center. Official scores are to be sent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha directly from the testing service; the UNO ACT code is 2464. The UNO SAT code is 6420. Hand-carried or student-submitted test results will not be accepted.
    • Students who graduated from high school prior to January 1997 are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores, unless applying to the College of Engineering or the College of Information Science and Technology.
    • UNO does not require the writing component of the ACT or the SAT.
    • Information on the ACT or SAT may be obtained from high school counselors or from the UNO Testing Center, 402-554-4800, 113 Eppley Administration Building.
    • If you have attempted any collegiate course work after high school, all attendance must be disclosed on the application for admission. Students may not choose to disregard prior postsecondary course work previously attempted. This applies to studies completed at any accredited or unaccredited institution, course work that was withdrawn, failed or incomplete. Failure to do so will result in a denied application and/or disenrollment from the University. See “Transfer Applicants”.
  5. College credit earned during high school: Students who have earned college credit while attending high school should have an official transcript sent directly to the UNO Undergraduate Admissions Office from each institution where college credit was earned. Request the transcript be sent upon the completion of all course work. If you attended UNO in the Early Entry or Dual Enrollment Program, it is not necessary for you to request a transcript.
  6. Disclosing all collegiate course work after high school: If you have attempted any collegiate course work after high school, all attendance must be disclosed on the application for admission. A transfer student may not choose to apply as a first-time freshman and disregard prior post-secondary course work previously attempted.
  7. Document Retention: All documents submitted to UNO for admission or residency purposes become the property of the University. Documents will not be released to students nor will they be forwarded to other educational institutions or agencies.

Assured Admission (Freshman Applicants)

Graduates of a regionally accredited high school or who have completed the equivalent training (General Education Diploma - GED) and students who are home-schooled must meet the following criteria for assured admission:

Core Course Requirements:

All students are expected to have met the following 16 core course requirements in high school or a combination of high school and college coursework. Resource or special education classes completed in high school cannot be used to satisfy the core requirements. A list of eligible high school classes in Nebraska is available online at: http://admissions.unl.edu/nebraskaindex.aspx

  1. English - 4 units* All units must include intensive reading and writing experience. Innovative interdisciplinary courses and courses in speech and journalism may be substituted if they include substantial amounts of reading and writing. Dual language or ELL English classes completed in high school do not satisfy the English core course requirement.
  2. Mathematics - 3 units* Must include Algebra I, II and Geometry.
  3. Social sciences - 3 units* At least one unit of American and/or world history and one additional unit of history, American government and/or geography; and a third unit of any social science discipline or subject.
  4. Natural sciences - 3 units* At least two of the three units selected from biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. One of the units must include laboratory instruction.
  5. Foreign languages - 2 units (same language)* Students who are unable to take two years of one foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission. Such students will be required to take two semesters of a foreign language at the University of Nebraska or other accredited postsecondary institution.
  6. Additional requirement - 1 unit* One unit chosen from any of the above academic disciplines.

*a unit is equivalent to one school year in a class, grades 9-12

Performance Requirements

In addition to meeting the above core course requirements, students applying for admission should be:

  1. Ranked in the upper one-half of their high school class
  2. OR have received an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (writing section not included)
  3. OR have received an SAT total score of 950 or higher*.

*Total of Verbal and Math on tests taken through February 2005 or total of Critical Reading and Math on tests taken after February 2005.

Admission by Review (Special Merit)

Students who do not qualify for Assured Admission by meeting all entrance criteria may be considered for Admission By Review on the basis of special merit. Each applicant will be reviewed and considered for admission on an individual basis. The student’s cumulative high school grade point average, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and the grades received in the core course requirements are all considered a primary factor in the admission evaluation and decision. The student may be asked to provide letters of recommendation from the high school counselor or principal, as well as an educational purpose statement. Students who do not meet the 16 core course requirements and/or whose high school cumulative grade point average is below a 2.5 or class rank falls below the 3rd quartile, will be encouraged to attend a community college to strengthen their academic record before attending UNO. UNO works closely with the local community colleges to determine courses that transfer and satisfy the admission requirements.

All students admitted under Admission By Review will be monitored for academic success until they remove all academic deficiencies. It is anticipated that no more than 25 percent of the first-time traditional freshman students would be admitted under Admission By Review. Students with academic course deficiencies admitted under “special merit” will be required to sign an Admission by Review Agreement and make up any core course deficiencies by successfully completing an approved college-level course in each area of deficiency within the first 30 hours attempted at UNO. A First Year Experience class is required for students who are admitted under “Admission by Review” who meet the core course requirements but do not meet performance requirements.

Special Talent Students

Applicants under this category must submit two letters of reference, one from the principal or counselor and the other from another school official, an Educational Purpose Statement, and the documents listed under the “Required Documents (freshman applicants)” section. A representative from the appropriate UNO department (i.e., academic department head, athletic director, special needs counselor, director of Multicultural Affairs) will serve on the Admissions by Review Committee and will be involved in evaluating the evidence of special talent and making a recommendation to the Admissions Office. The admission decision will be based on academic potential and application of special talent in an academic setting. Special talent students will be required to make up core course deficiencies within the first 30 hours attempted at UNO.

Deferred Admissions

Students who are not admissible under Assured Admission or Admission By Review may be required to obtain additional academic preparation at another postsecondary institution before being eligible for admission to UNO.

Homeschooled Students

Home-schooled students will be reviewed for Assured Admission requirements. Students who earned a GED in place of high school graduation are required to provide ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript for grades 9-12 from any secondary school where course work was completed.

Homeschooled students must provide a copy of the letter from the state that confirms that the parent has filled with the Department of Education regarding the home schooling of the student. They must also submit official GED scores, official ACT or SAT scores and official transcripts for grades 9-12 from any high schools or post-secondary schools attended. An ACT composite score of 20 or above (or a combined score of 950 in the Critical Reading and Math section of the SAT) may be presented in lieu of GED scores. High school course work completed through home-study curriculum should be presented on a record showing the scope and sequence of the instructional program designed to lead to basic skills for grades 9-12 as denoted in State Statute 79-1701. The following documentation regarding the home-study curriculum must be provided for admission consideration by the primary teacher/administrator of the home school:

  • A typed transcript (semester format) of the courses the student completed in the homeschool environment. Grades or averages earned in each course must be included on the transcript. A grade scale and cumulative or term based GPA is also recommended. The courses should be listed with a time frame of completion; ex: 2007-08, 2008-09…or 9th, 10th…along with the unit of credit earned; ex: semester, .5 or half a year verses a two semester or year long course, 1.0.
  • A “senior year” or in-progress class schedule.
  • A curriculum synopsis of the courses which parallel the University of Nebraska core course requirements. The synopsis should include a brief descriptive paragraph of each of these courses.
  • Textbook information including titles and authors listed by course. Students who have taken courses in foreign language must include a description of how they learned the verbal component of the language (i.e. tutor, tapes). A placement exam will be required to show proficiency. The homeschool administrator should also provide a detailed description of how the applicant fulfilled the natural science laboratory requirement.
  • The transcript should include an anticipated/final completion date as well as a signature of the administrator of grades.
  • Additional supporting documents may be requested by the University to assist officials in making an admission decision.

To assist homeschooled students and administrators with compiling the necessary documentation, the UNO has created a requirement checklist. Contact information is provided on this form and can be found online at http://admissions.unomaha.edu/freshmen_admit_require.php.

Applicants who do not qualify for Assured Admission by meeting all entrance criteria may be considered for admission to the University under Admission by Review on the basis of special merit. Each applicant will be reviewed and considered for admission on an individual basis. Students who are admitted without completing all 16 core course requirements will be required to sign an Admission by Review Agreement and must successfully complete an approved college-level course in each area of deficiency within the first 30 semester hours of credit attended at UNO.

General Education Diploma (GED)

Applicants at least 18 years of age who successfully complete equivalent training such as General Education Diploma (GED) will be reviewed for Assured Admission requirements. Students who earn a GED in place of high school graduation should submit official high school transcripts reflecting all high school course work completed and official GED scores. Students who are under the age of 21 are required to provide official ACT or SAT results.

Applicants who do not qualify for Assured Admission by meeting all entrance criteria may be considered for admission to the University under Admission by Review on the basis of special merit. Each applicant will be reviewed and considered for admission on an individual basis. Students who are admitted without completing all 16 core course requirements will be required to sign an Admission by Review Agreement and successfully complete an approved college-level course in each area of deficiency within their first 30 semester hours of credit at UNO.

Freshman Applicants Graduating from High School Prior to Jan. 1997

Freshman students who graduated from high school prior to Jan. 1, 1997 are exempt from meeting the core course requirements so long as they present evidence of ability to complete university course work. Applicants must have graduated from a regionally accredited (North Central or equivalent) high school or have earned a high school equivalency degree (General Education Diploma - GED). ACT or SAT scores are required only if applying to the College of Engineering or the College of Information Science and Technology.