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University of Nebraska, Lincoln - 2017

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


You are guaranteed admission if you meet the core course requirements and at least one performance requirement. If you don't meet these requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway‚Ä"your admission will be determined by a committee appointed by the Director of Admissions and your complete academic profile will be considered.
Performance Requirements

First-Year applicants should:

Score 20 or higher on the ACT, writing portion not required.
Or, score a total of 950 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections.
Or, rank in the top half of their high school graduating class.
All first-year applicants under the age of 23 are required to submit an official ACT or SAT score.

Core Course Requirements

There are 16 units of academic courses required for admission.

A unit is one year of high school study or a semester/quarter of college coursework.
High School Classes

Here is a list of Nebraska high school classes that count toward core course requirements.
Ways to Meet Admission Requirements

If you are missing courses required for admission, there are ways to remove the deficiencies before you enroll.
Core Courses
Required academic courses
Category Requirements
English 4 units of English:
Units must include intensive reading and writing experiences.
Mathematics 4 units of math:

Algebra II
1 additional unit that builds on knowledge and concepts learned in Algebra II

Social Sciences 3 units of social sciences:

1 unit drawn from American and/or world history
1 additional unit drawn from history
American government and/or geography
a 3rd unit drawn from any social science discipline

Natural Sciences 3 units of natural sciences:

At least 2 units selected from:
earth sciences
1 unit must include laboratory instruction

Foreign Language 2 units of foreign language:

Both units must be in the same language.
Students who are unable to take 2 years of foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission.
NOTE: Some University of Nebraska‚Ä"Lincoln degree programs require the equivalent of 4 years of high school foreign language in the same language in order to graduate.
View foreign language requirements by degree.

College Specific Requirements

All colleges at the University of Nebraska‚Ä"Lincoln require students meet the minimum core course and performance admission requirements. (as listed above)

Some colleges have additional requirements that students must meet in order to be admitted to their requested college.
The Explore Center

If you do not meet college specific requirements you can still be admitted through our Explore Center.

you will be advised by the Explore Center until you meet the college specific requirements for your desired college.
once you've met your college's requirements, you will have the opportunity to transfer into the college you requested.

Colleges With NO Additional Requirements

The colleges below do not have additional requirements beyond core course and performance requirements.

College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Education & Human Sciences
College of Journalism & Mass Communications

Colleges With Additional Requirements

College of Architecture
Architecture course requirements
Category Requirements

1 full unit of Pre-Calc/Trig
OR 1/2 unit Pre-Calc/Trig
1/2 unit Math/Calc

ACT/SAT scores

ACT composite score of 22 or higher.
OR an SAT combined score of 1030 or higher.

Transfer & Readmit Students In addition to the above requirements, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
College of Business Administration
Business administration course requirements
Category Requirements
Transfer & Readmit Students Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
College of Engineering
Engineering course requirements
Category Requirements
First-Year College Students

1 full unit of geometry AND

As part of the 4 units required you must take:

OR trigonometry
OR calculus

Natural Sciences As part of the 3 units required you must take:

AND physics

ACT/SAT Scores

ACT composite score of 24 or higher
OR an SAT combined score of 1110 (old) or 1180 (new) or higher

Domestic Transfer Students

Must have a cumulative and last-term GPA of at least 2.5.

Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts


You must also meet any audition or portfolio requirements listed below:
Audition requirements
Category Requirements
Art, Art History: No auditions or special applications.
Music, Dance: Auditions are required.

audition requirements
view audition dates by major/minor
schedule an audition

Theatre emphasis in:


Auditions are required.

View the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film audition information.
Theatre emphasis in:

design/technical production

No portfolio or audition required.

However, there is an optional portfolio for an additional scholarship.
Theatre emphasis in:

directing & management

Application and portfolio required.

Requirements for the application and portfolio.
Theatre emphasis in:

film/new media

Supporting materials required.

View additional required materials.
Transfer & Readmit Students Film & New Media majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a semester GPA of 3.0.
College of Public Affairs & Community Service
Public affairs and community service course requirements
Category Requirements
Transfer & Readmit
Students Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
PGA Golf Management Requirements
Category Requirements
PGA Golf Management
Students A 12 Handicap is required for students entering into this program. For more information, please visit:
Admission of Students on the Basis of Special Merit

Applicants who do not qualify for assured admission will automatically be considered for full admission to the University on the basis of special merit. The special merit process will make provisions for a variety of circumstances, including allowance for the special consideration to be given to: non- traditional students; returning adult students; students educated at home schools; students who do not meet the required performance criteria but who have performed at a high level of accomplishment towards the conclusion of their high school careers (sometimes called "late bloomers"); students who can provide evidence of special talents, such as outstanding musical performers; those with unique educational experience or career achievements, etc. Such students will be encouraged to provide evidence of their ability to do University level work. In addition, special consideration will be given to members of under-represented groups who present evidence of being able to succeed. Such applications will be considered by University admissions personnel following established policies and procedures. It must be emphasized that students once admitted through this process will be considered fully admitted and will not be considered by the University to have a provisional status. However, some students may have to complete specific University courses to compensate for having not completed all of the required core courses or equivalent educational attainments.
Admissions Committee

Per Admissions Office Procedures Manual in Accordance with RP- 5.2.1-4b‚Ä"an Admissions Committees may admit students that do not meet the Board of Regents assured admissions requirements for full admission. These decisions are based upon a holistic review of an individual applicants student record including but not limited to: academic achievement (GPA, academic courses, class rank, standardized test scores), high school course availability, recommendation letters, and retention services. The Admissions Committee will utilize this information through the holistic review process to determine whether there are other indicia in the record that would contribute to the applicant's academic success at the University. The Office of Admissions has three committees that perform the above described work: First-Year college students; Transfer/International and Special Circumstances.

The Special Circumstances Committee will holistically review applicants with special merit that are required to participate in intrusive and successful retention programs such as, but not limited to, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, William H. Thompson Scholars, and Nebraska Athletics Support Services. The Director of Admissions must approve retention programs to be considered for the Special Circumstances Committee. Members of this committee will be appointed by the Director of Admissions.
Don't Forget

After meeting these requirements, you have to apply for admission and pay the $45 application fee to be considered for admission.
Applications After Published Admissions Deadlines

Any application received after the published deadline will be placed on a wait-list. The admissions committee will prioritize the wait-list based upon candidates that meet UNL's assured admission requirements.

Find out more about University of Nebraska‚Ä"Lincoln assured admission requirements.

Please note there is no guarantee of admission for wait-list applicants.


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