Early Entry Admissions Program

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Early Entry Program allows currently enrolled high school students of high academic achievement and potential the opportunity to enroll in regular college courses on the University campus. This program encourages high school students whose maturity, achievement, aptitude and goals warrant special consideration to enroll in the UNO Early Entry Program. Early Entry Students enroll in University courses at a level not available to them through their high schools. This program is meant to enhance the students’ educational programs, not to replace any part of them.

Some opportunities a student may gain by enrolling in the UNO Early Entry Program are:

  • Early Entry students may be enrolled in high school and at the University concurrently. Courses may be taken during the fall or spring semesters or during the summer sessions. Students enrolled in the Early Entry Program attend regular University classes and receive University credit.
  • The College credits earned may be applied toward a UNO degree and are usually transferrable to other colleges, giving students a head start on their college programs. The program is not restricted to high school students planning to attend UNO after graduation.
  • Enrolling as an Early Entry student allows the advanced high school students the opportunity to broaden their college education by getting an early start and enhances the successful transition to college.

Early Entry enrollment is available through four Colleges at the University of Nebraska at Omaha: The College of Arts & Sciences offers the Early Entry Program for students to take course work in most academic discipline areas. Many Early Entry Students will begin with math, or foreign language courses. The College of Arts & Sciences has provided Early Entry opportunities for hundreds of students who have often become our high scholastic achievers at the University.

The College of Information Science and Technology offers the Early Entry Program for students interested in pursuing cutting-edge course work designed to challenge them in information technology fields. Students must be prepared for college level course work. Courses may be taken in computer science and management information systems as well as many other areas of academic discipline. Additional information is available by calling 402-554-3819.

The College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media offers courses for advanced high school students who wish to enrich their experience in the arts. Courses may be taken in music, creative writing, theater, art and art history, as well as many other areas of academic discipline. Additional information is available from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, Weber Fine Arts Building 311, 402-554-2238.

The UNL College of Engineering offers and Early Entry program is structured for advanced high school students and provides them an opportunity to earn college credit toward their engineering degree. In addition to taking courses in other academic discipline areas, some engineering departments may offer introduction courses to their programs on the UNO campus at The Peter Kiewit Institute. Enrolled students are advised by faculty and staff in the College of Engineering. Additional information is available by calling 402-554-2460.

Requirements for Admission to the Early Entry Program

To be admitted to this program, the UNO Office of Admissions must receive the following:

  • A completed Early Entry Application.
  • A $45.00 non-refundable application fee (once a student has enrolled at UNO, an application fee for future terms of enrollment would not be required).
  • A high school transcript of all course work completed to date and a copy of immunization records must accompany the Early Entry Application.
  • The student must have achieved a minimum ‘B’ average in all high school academic core course work (3.00 on a 4.00 scale). If a GPA from an accredited high school is not available, the ACT or SAT (or equivalent achievement test) may be required to determine the student’s academic potential/eligibility.
  • Recommendation and approval of courses from the high school counselor based on the student’s academic performance. Recommendations for home schooled students are handled on an individual basis.
  • Signature of approval from the parent or guardian.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Additionally, all education records presented to the university must be in English.
Additional information regarding the Early Entry Program:

  • A maximum of six (6) semester credit hours may be earned each term.
  • A new Early Entry application must be completed each semester a student wishes to be considered for this program. A new application fee would not be required.
  • Once a student has graduated from high school, in order to continue enrollment at the University, the student must submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission, complete official high school transcript and ACT or SAT test results, and meet the minimum freshman admission requirements established by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Inquiries regarding the Early Entry program should be directed to the UNO Early Entry Program coordinator at 402-554-3810.