Admission Requirements

First-Year Applicants

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

Required Documentation

  1. Final official high school transcript and/or official GED Equivalency Scores
    1. A final official high school transcript must be sent to the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from the high school. The high school transcript must be a cumulative record of all high school coursework 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. 
    2. GED (General Education Diploma): The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) acknowledges the General Educational Diploma (GED) as equivalent to a high school diploma. Some credit can be assigned to meet the admission requirements based on subject area scores on the GED exam but this alone may not be sufficient to meet the 16 core course requirements.
    3. Homeschooled students are required to submit a typed transcript (semester format) of all coursework the student has completed. Grades or averages earned in each course must be included on the transcript. 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.
  2. Official ACT or SAT scores
    1. First-Year applicants are required to submit official ACT or SAT test results for admission consideration.  Official scores are to be sent to UNO 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. 
    2. 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 & Technology. 
    3. UNO does not require the writing component of the ACT or the SAT. 
  3. Official transcripts from college credit earned during high school should be sent directly to the UNO Undergraduate Admissions Office. If you attended UNO in the Early Entry or Dual Enrollment Program, it is not necessary for you to request a transcript.

Assured Admission (First-Year 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: schoolcounselors.unl.edu/curriculum/curriculum-list/

  1. English - 4 units1 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 units1 Must include Algebra I, II and Geometry.
  3. Social sciences - 3 units1 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 units1 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 units1 (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 unit1 One unit chosen from any of the above academic disciplines.

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) or SAT equivalent

Admission by Review

Students who do not qualify for Assured Admission by meeting all entrance criteria may be considered for Admission By Review (ABR). 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.  Your enrollment at the university will be accepting the terms of your admission. All students admitted under Admission By Review will be monitored for academic success.     

Deferred Admission

For those students who do not meet the admission requirements, admission will be deferred for future additional academic preparation at another postsecondary institution before being eligible for admission to UNO.

Transfer Applicants

If you have attempted any collegiate coursework after high school, all attendance must be disclosed on the application for admission. Students may not choose to disregard prior postsecondary coursework previously attempted. This applies to studies completed at any accredited or unaccredited institution, coursework which was withdrawn, failed or incomplete. Failure to do so will result in a denied application and/or disenrollment from the university. See “Transfer Applicants.”

To be eligible for admission, transfer students must be in good standing at the college or university last attended.

Many of UNO’s undergraduate colleges have a minimum GPA requirement of 2.00 or above and additional admission requirements. Review the specific college and program requirements within this catalog.

Documents Required

  1. Official college transcript(s) must be sent directly to the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the Registrar’s Office of each previous college or university attended regardless of whether credit was earned. Hand-carried or student-submitted transcripts are not acceptable. If you are currently enrolled in college courses, please request a final official transcript be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible after you have completed your coursework. If the records are not in English, an official translation must be provided by the student.
  2. All previous college coursework attempted or completed must be reported on the application regardless of whether credit was earned. Transfer students may not choose to disregard prior postsecondary coursework previously attempted. This applies to studies completed at any accredited or unaccredited institution, coursework that was withdrawn, failed, or incomplete. Failure to provide this information will be considered fraudulent and may result in withdrawal of admission or dismissal from the university.
  3. Transfer students must be graduates of a regionally-accredited (North Central or equivalent) high school or have completed the equivalent training (GED). An Associate of Arts (AA) degree or Associate of Science (AS) degree from a community college in Nebraska will satisfy the proof of high school graduation requirement. Official transcripts showing proof of graduation or equivalent training will be required.
  4. Students placed on academic suspension or dismissed from any institution within the last calendar year will be denied admission. Any student providing a transcript indicating suspension or dismissal within the last year will be disenrolled from classes and any tuition paid to date for the semester would be refunded.
  5. Transcripts sent to the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions for students who do not enroll will be retained one year. If the student applies for admission beyond that, new transcripts will need to be provided for admission consideration.
  6. Students who are granted provisional admission must submit all documents required for admission within the first eight weeks of the first term enrollment. Failure to do so will result in an enrollment hold blocking further registration. Only one term of provisional admission/enrollment is allowed. No extensions or waivers of the enrollment hold will be granted. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all credentials required for admission.
  7. Several UNO colleges have minimum GPA and additional requirements. Failure to meet minimum requirements for a program may result in admission delays. To avoid delays, select a college/major program for which all requirements have been met.
  8. If you have previously attended or are currently attending UNK, UNL or UNMC, please refer to the University of Nebraska System Change of Campus instructions.
  9. Nebraska Community College students who want to continue their education are encouraged to take advantage of Associate to Bachelor articulation agreements that allow students who have completed, or plan to complete an associate's degree, the opportunity to work directly toward their bachelor's degree. More information can be found at unomaha.edu/registrar.

Admission by Review

Students presenting fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable coursework from a regionally-accredited collegiate institution following high school graduation will be required to meet the freshman admission requirements for assured admission or under any Admission By Review category that applies.

Those who do not fully meet these requirements may still qualify for admission to the university under Admission by Review. The Undergraduate Admissions Office will determine how deficiencies in the prior record of these students will be made up. All applicants must meet the admissions requirements as set by the college to which they apply.

Awarding of Transfer Credits

  1. Credits submitted only on official transcripts from other colleges or universities will be evaluated for admission to an undergraduate college by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts will become a part of the student’s permanent record maintained in the Office of the University Registrar. The dean of the UNO College will determine the manner in which transfer credits will apply toward degree requirements.
  2. In general, credits and grades earned at other University of Nebraska campuses will be accepted, computed into the student’s grade point average, and will become a part of the permanent record from which official transcripts will be made.
  3. Only courses with a grade of “C-” or better will be accepted for transfer from accredited two and four year colleges and universities.
  4. Sixty-four (64) semester credit hours is the maximum allowed for transfer to most undergraduate UNO colleges from regionally accredited two-year colleges. The College of Engineering will allow a maximum of sixty-six (66) semester hours of credit from a two-year college.
  5. Each UNO college has a required number of credit hours to be completed at UNO prior to graduation.
  6. Students wishing to transfer credits from recognized institutions outside the United States may need to provide a course syllabus with translation, if applicable, for evaluation of transfer credits.

Nebraska System Students

Transferring/Change of Campus in the NU System

Nebraska System Students
Change of Campus Students Transferring to UNO

Students previously or currently enrolled at another University of Nebraska campus desiring to transfer to UNO must complete the Change of Campus form and the UNO Application for Admission. By completing the Change of Campus form, credentials from the previous or current campus will be transferred to UNO. In general, credits and grades earned at other University of Nebraska campuses will be accepted, computed into the student’s NU grade point average and will become a part of the permanent record from which official transcripts will be made. There is no application fee.

Students who are provisionally admitted pending the receipt of all final official transcripts required for admission must certify they will meet the minimum admission criteria for the college/major to which they are admitted. After all transfer credits are received and evaluated, if a student does not meet the minimum required grade point average for the college/major in which they applied/enrolled, their program of study will be changed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A delay or failure to provide an official transcript from each institution previously attended will result in an enrollment hold. Any student providing a transcript indicating suspension or dismissal within the last year will be disenrolled from classes and any tuition paid to date for the semester would be refunded.

Many UNO colleges have minimum GPA and other additional requirements. Review the specific college and program requirements within this catalog. Failure to meet the minimum GPA requirement for a desired program may result in admission delays. To avoid these delays, select a college/major program for which requirements have been met. Students placed on academic suspension or those dismissed from any institution within the last calendar year will be denied admission regardless of the student’s eligibility to return to the prior institution.

Visiting Intercampus Students
  1. All visiting students from any of the University of Nebraska campuses must complete the Intercampus Application form.  
  2. Approval from the home campus is required to enroll as an Intercampus student.
  3. A new online Intercampus Application form must be submitted to the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions each semester a student wishes to enroll as an Intercampus student.
  4. Financial holds at the degree-granting campus must be cleared before submitting the Intercampus Application.
  5. Intercampus students who have been placed on academic suspension at any of the University of Nebraska campuses during the last calendar year are not eligible to enroll at UNO.

Former UNO Students

Readmission Criteria

  1. Former UNO students who have not been enrolled at UNO within the last two years must complete an Application for Undergraduate Admission. Another application fee is not required. 
  2. The Undergraduate Admissions Office denies readmission to any student under academic suspension who has been out of school less than one calendar year.
  3. Students who have been academically suspended from UNO should contact the Office of the University Registrar for reinstatement information.
  4. Many of UNO’s undergraduate colleges have additional admission requirements. Review the specific college and program requirements within this catalog.
  5. If the student has attended other colleges since last attending UNO, official college transcripts are required.
  6. UNO graduates must submit a new application to continue their undergraduate studies. 

Admission Requirements for Selected Undergraduate Colleges

Some UNO Colleges require a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), specific high school courses and a minimum test score for admission. Review the specific college and program requirements within this catalog.

English Proficiency Policy

Applicants are able to fulfill the English proficiency admission requirement with the following:

  1. Applicants expecting to graduate from an accredited U.S. high school must show acceptable performance in four units (years) of standard high school English courses and on the English portion of the ACT or SAT.
  2. Completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. A grade of C or better must be earned with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Official U.S. college transcripts must be sent directly to UNO. 
  3. Completion of English Composition I and English Composition II from a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. A grade of C or better must be earned with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Official U.S. college transcripts must be sent directly to UNO. 

All undergraduate students must take the UNO English Placement and Proficiency Exam (EPPE) before they are allowed to enroll in English courses. They must enroll in that course or sequence of courses indicated by their placement exam. Exceptions from taking EPPE may apply to students who have qualifying transfer credit.

Undergraduate Applicants Whose Language of Nurture is Not English

For admission purposes, applicants whose language of nurture is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. high school or are transferring from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university may be required to take the English Placement and Proficiency exam before an admission decision can be made.

All other students are able to fulfill the English proficiency admission requirement by submitting scores from the below testing agencies. Students are responsible for contacting the appropriate testing agency to submit official scores. UNO will only accept scores that come directly from the testing agency.

English Proficiency Test Score
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-Based 61
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based)* 500 composite
IELTS (The International English Language Testing System)* 6.0 composite
ACT English sub score* 18
SAT Critical Reading sub score* 470
PTE (Pearson Language Test) CEFR level of C2

* College of Engineering programs require TOEFL paper test score of 550 or IBT 80, IELTS 6.5, ACT English sub score of 22, SAT Critical Reading Subscore of 480, for admission.

* English Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences require of TOEFL paper test score of 600, IBT 100, IELTS 7.0.

SPECIAL NOTE: TOEFL results from other institutions may not be used for direct application to the university.

Health Requirement Information

All new, incoming students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, must provide official documentation of two (2) MMR vaccinations (measles, mumps, rubella) before registering for classes. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the withholding of future registrations. For further information, please contact UNO Health Services, 402.554.2374.

Non-Degree/Visiting Student Applicants

  1. Individuals who do not intend to complete a degree at UNO may apply as a non-degree/visiting student.
  2. A visiting student from another institution or a summer session applicant interested in enrolling for personal or professional enrichment may be admitted as a non-degree student.
  3. Non-Degree/Visiting Admission Criteria
    1. Non-degree students from another college or university are expected to be in good academic standing. Any student who has been placed on academic dismissal or suspension from any college or university within the last year, regardless of the student’s eligibility to return to the prior institution, will be denied admission. The student would be eligible to reapply for admission to UNO after one full year following the end of the term in which the student was last suspended.
    2. Any student denied admission as a degree seeking student is not eligible to apply as a Non-Degree/Visiting student
    3. A Non-Degree student must be a high school graduate or hold a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  4. Students changing from a Non-Degree classification to a degree program will be expected to provide additional documentation and meet admission requirements. An application for admission to the degree program must be submitted with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  5. The Non-Degree classification is not recommended for certification, recertification or for enrolling in professional education courses.
  6. Non-Degree students are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid.

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 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 and Sciences offers the Early Entry Program for students to take coursework in most academic discipline areas. Many Early Entry Students will begin with math, or foreign language courses. The College of Arts and Sciences has provided Early Entry opportunities for hundreds of students who have often become high scholastic achievers at the university.

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

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.

The UNL College of Engineering offers an Early Entry Program 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. 

Requirements for Admission to the Early Entry Program

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

  • An application must be submitted online at applyearly.unomaha.edu.
  • 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).
  • An unofficial high school transcript of all coursework completed to date and a copy of immunization records must accompany the Early Entry Application.  All correspondence relating to the Early Entry Program should be addressed to:
    Office of General Education and Dual Enrollment
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    6001 Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE 68182
  • The student must have achieved a minimum ‘B’ average in all high school academic core coursework (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.
  • Online approval from the parent or guardian as indicated on the online application.
  • Students whose language of nurture 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 two UNO classes may be taken 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.

Dual Enrollment Program

Dual Enrollment allows academically-talented students to earn college credit while still in high school. The courses are taught at the area high schools by high school staff who have been approved by their respective UNO academic departments to be adjunct faculty. 

Since the courses are the result of an alignment between the area high school and college courses requiring college level work, not all high school courses are eligible. Check with your high school counselor to find out which courses are approved and if your school is participating in the UNO Dual Enrollment Program.  For more information, please go to the Dual Enrollment website.