Admission

Application Deadline Dates

First Year applicants are encouraged to apply during the first semester of their senior year of high school to be considered for scholarships. Transfer students should apply during the semester preceding their intended enrollment.

Undergraduate Admission Application deadline dates:

Fall Semester - August 1
Spring Semester - December 1

Summer Session - July 1

All applications must be submitted online at apply.unomaha.edu by the deadline to be considered.

All inquiries and correspondence relating to the admission of students should be addressed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0286
(402) 554-2393
unoadmissions@unomaha.edu

Application Process

Students may apply for admission directly online at apply.unomaha.edu. The online application provides a simple and efficient way to apply for admission. Submitting an application or being granted admission to UNO does not guarantee enrollment in any specific course. All inquiries and correspondence relating to the admission of students should be addressed to:

UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Eppley Administration Building, Room 111
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
unoadmissions@unomaha.edu
402-554-2393

Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. dollars). Previously enrolled undergraduate students on any University of Nebraska system campus (UNK, UNL, UNO and UNMC) need not submit the application fee. For complete details, please refer to the “Application Fee” section. 

All credentials received in connection with applications for admission become the property of UNO. They cannot be duplicated, returned to the applicants, or forwarded to any agency or other college or university. Hand-carried or student submitted transcripts are not acceptable. The University reserves the right to change existing admissions policies and applicable deadline dates without prior notice.

Track Your Admission Status Online

Applicants are able to log into MavLINK (UNO’s online student services system) at mavlink.unomaha.edu using their NUID and password to check the status of their application and to review their “To Do List” for any outstanding items required for their admission or enrollment.

Enrollment Deposit

All admitted students will be required to pay the $100 Enrollment Deposit to reserve a space in the upcoming class. Applicants will need to log into MavLINK (mavlink.unomaha.edu) using their NUID and password to pay Enrollment Deposit.  This deposit will be applied towards your tuition and/or fees for the first semester.  This credit will appear on the first billing cycle of the semester which you are admitted.  Paying the deposit allows the University to more effectively plan for class offerings and student resources in preparation for each semester.  Information regarding waiver criteria and refunds can be viewed at www.unomaha.edu/admissions.

Deadlines to pay your Enrollment Deposit
Fall and Summer:  May 1
Spring:  December 1

Students will be required to complete this form to register for and attend New Student Orientation and receive more information about housing and other opportunities offered to students at UNO. 

Application Fee

A $45.00 undergraduate application fee is required for all new and transfer students and must be paid when the application is submitted. Applications will not be processed unless the fee is included.

The following information applies:

  • The application fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee admission or enrollment in any specific classes.
  • Check, money order (payable to the University of Nebraska at Omaha) or credit card payment is accepted.
  • Application fees submitted to any University of Nebraska system campus are valid for one year and are transferable to UNO. 
  • Applicants who pay the $45.00 application fee but who do not enroll within one year must reapply for admission and resubmit the application fee.
  • Previously enrolled undergraduate students on any University of Nebraska system campus (UNK, UNL, UNO and UNMC) need not submit the application fee.

Students that participated in UNO’s Dual enrollment program are required to pay the $45.00 application for when applying for undergraduate admission

Admission Policies and Standards

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.

Nebraska Unique Identification Number (NUID)/Password and Use of Social Security Number

A social security number is requested on the application for admission for the sole purpose of verifying credentials, document matching and determining eligibility for and awarding financial aid or scholarships. Applicants who do not have a social security number may still apply for admission but are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid. For security reasons, students applying for admission are assigned a Nebraska Unique Identification (NUID) number for campus services, logging onto MavLINK (UNO’s online student services system) and for student photo identification purposes. The NUID number is an eight-digit, unique number within the University of Nebraska system and is transferable among University of Nebraska system campuses. For more information, visit www.unomaha.edu/nuid.

During the application process, a NUID and temporary password will be assigned to you. You will be asked to select a personal MavLINK password.

Academic Suspension or Dismissal

Students whose academic records reflect they were placed on academic suspension or dismissal during the last calendar year at any college or university are not eligible for admission to UNO. Once the University has received a transcript or other notification indicating suspension or dismissal within the last calendar year admission will be cancelled and/or the student will be disenrolled from classes and any tuition paid to date for the semester would be refunded. The student would be eligible to reapply for admission to UNO after one full year from the end of the last term in which the student was suspended.

Provisional Admission

Students who are admitted pending the receipt of final admission documents are considered to be Provisionally Admitted to the University.

All offers of admission are provisional if you have high school or collegiate course work in progress. Final admission is dependent on receipt and review of your final transcripts. Admission offers are subject to cancellation if your final course work does not meet admission requirements.

Required documents needed to complete your admission can be viewed on MavLINK. All documents must be submitted within the first eight weeks of the first term of 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.

Fraudulent and Incomplete Applications

The University reserves the right to deny or revoke admission, including dismissal from the University, if any information is given falsely or withheld on the admission application or if transcripts/documents submitted in support of an admission application or to obtain residency are discovered to be altered or fraudulent.

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees and Other Status Types

All students who are not on a nonimmigrant visa are eligible to apply for domestic undergraduate admission. If a student has applied for or has been granted permanent residency, asylee status or refugee status, or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) then documentation of such status is required for admission. If the student cannot provide such documentation and is a Nebraska high school graduate, options for paying resident tuition are available. Refer to the “Residency for Tuition Purposes” section of this catalog for additional information. All students on an international student nonimmigrant visa must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admission at apply.unomaha.edu

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Initial residency classification for tuition purposes is determined by information you provide when you apply for admission. If you are living or attending school outside Nebraska, if you recently moved to Nebraska, or if you graduated from high school outside the State of Nebraska, you may be initially classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes. It is the student’s responsibility to provide any additional information that may be required to make an accurate residency determination.

In 2006, the Nebraska state legislature passed a law granting resident tuition to students who do not hold official U.S. status and meet certain criteria. Students must meet the following qualifications: (1) graduated from a Nebraska high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Nebraska, (2) resided in Nebraska with a parent, guardian, or conservator for a least three (3) years prior to the graduation date and (3) provide an affidavit stating he or she will file an application to become a U.S. Permanent Resident at the earliest opportunity at which he or she is eligible to do so. For more information about the residency policy or the affidavit, see the “Residency Policy” section or contact the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

UNO participates in some reduced tuition programs based on the state or county the student is from such as the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) and the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP). Students must meet UNO’s general admission requirements and, for the MSEP program, meet minimum academic eligibility requirements. For more information on requirements for these programs, see the “Residency Policy” section or contact the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Admission Requirements for Selected Undergraduate Colleges

Some UNO Colleges require a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), specific high school courses and minimum test score requirements for admission. Specific admission requirements to the colleges can be found at www.unomaha.edu/academics/majors-and-programs.

Student’s Mailing/Local Address

Correspondence from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be sent to the address you provided on the application for admission. It is the student’s responsibility to keep their address updated on MavLINK at mavlink.unomaha.edu. Failure to do so may result in the student not receiving critical information pertinent to their enrollment at the University.

Applicants Who Apply for Admission and Decide Not to Enroll

Students who apply for admission and decide not to enroll for the indicated term should do the following:

  • Applicants can notify the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions via e-mail (unoadmissions@unomaha.edu) indicating they will not be attending. Upon receipt of this notification the student’s application will be withdrawn. 
  • If the student wishes to enroll for a future term, a new application for admission must be submitted.
  • A previously paid application fee is good for one year from the term it was originally submitted.
  • Transcripts which have been sent to the UNO Office of Undergraduate Admissions for students who do not enroll will be retained for one year. If the student applies for admission beyond that, new transcripts would need to be provided for admission consideration.
  • If the student has been awarded any financial aid from a non-UNO source, the student should notify the Office of Financial Support and Scholarships which may cancel or reduce UNO financial aid.

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. Undergraduate Application for Admission
  2. Application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable)
  3. 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 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. 
    2. GED (General Education Diploma) The University of Nebraska at Omaha 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.
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores
    1. Prospective applicants should take either the ACT or the SAT during their junior year or early in their senior year of high school. First Year applicants no longer in high school may arrange to take the ACT exam through 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. 
    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 and Technology. 
    3. UNO does not require the writing component of the ACT or the SAT. 
    4. Information on the ACT or SAT may be obtained from high school counselors or from the UNO Testing Center, 402-554-4800, 522 Kayser Hall. 
  5. 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 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”.

a. 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.

b. 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 (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: http://admissions.unl.edu/nebraska/hs-core-courses.aspx

  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.
1

 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) 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. 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 which 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 no more than 25 percent of the first-time traditional freshman students would be admitted under Admission By Review. Your enrollment at the University will be accepting the terms of your admission. Deficiencies and other outstanding items can be viewed by logging into MavLINK (mavlink.unomaha.edu) and viewing your ‘To Do List’. Registration options will be discussed with your academic advisor.  In addition, the UNO Success Academy is a learning community aimed at supporting first year students who do not meet minimum admissions performance requirements.   This program provides academic and social support, helps build connections with students, staff, and faculty on campus, and provides a foundation for future success.  The Success Academy also helps students fulfill their admissions requirements.  Course requirements include a College & Career Success (CCS) course, English and Math (based on placement), and a designated Success Academy General Education course. Students will also attend the Success Academy Day – an onboarding program prior to the fall semester. For more information, visit the Success Academy website or call 402.554.3672.

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.

Home schooled Students

Home schooled students will be reviewed for Assured Admission requirements.

Official ACT or SAT scores and official transcripts for grades 9-12 from any high schools or post-secondary schools attended, or GED must be submitted. High school course work completed through home school 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. The following documentation regarding the home school curriculum must be provided for admission consideration by the primary teacher/administrator of the home school:

  1. 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. 
  2. A “senior year” or in-progress class schedule.
  3. A curriculum synopsis of the courses which parallel the University of Nebraska core course requirements. 
  4. 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 may be required to show proficiency. The homeschool administrator should also provide a detailed description of how the applicant fulfilled the natural science laboratory requirement.
  5. The transcript should include an anticipated/final completion date as well as a signature of the administrator of grades.
  6. Additional supporting documents may be requested by the University to assist officials in making an admission decision.

Deficiencies and other outstanding items can be viewed by logging into MavLINK and viewing your ‘To Do List’.

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.

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. 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. Each applicant will be reviewed and considered for admission on an individual basis. Your enrollment at the University will be accepting the terms of your admission. Deficiencies and other outstanding items can be viewed by logging into MavLINK and viewing your ‘To Do List’. Registration options will be discussed with your academic advisor.

Freshman students who graduated from high school prior to January 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.

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. The specific requirements for each college can be found at http://www.unomaha.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/.

Documents Required
  1. Undergraduate application for admission
  2. Application Fee of $45.00 (non-refundable)
  3. 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 course work. If the records are not in English, an official translation must be provided by the student.
  4. All previous college course work attempted or completed must be reported on the application regardless of whether credit was earned. Transfer 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 provide this information will be considered fraudulent and may result in withdrawal of admission or dismissal from the university.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 would need to be provided for admission consideration.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Nebraska Community College students who want to continue their education are encouraged to take advantage of Associate to Bachelor articulation agreements that allow students that have completed, or plan to complete an associate's degree, the opportunity to work directly towards 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 course work 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 Students

Students previously or currently enrolled at another University of Nebraska campus desiring to transfer to UNO must complete the Change of Campus form available online at admissions.unomaha.edu and the UNO Application for Admission. By completing the Change of Campus form and following the instructions, 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. Refer to the “Admissions Requirements for Selected Undergraduate Colleges” section for these requirements. 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, available online at admissions.unomaha.edu.
  2. The student must have approval from the home campus advisor and the Student Accounts office.
  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. All financial holds from 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

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. Former UNO students will be exempt from meeting the freshman admission standards if not previously admitted under the Fall 1997 admission standards (all prior deficiencies must be completed per their initial admission agreement). Applicants will be readmitted into the University into the selected UNO college program for which they are eligible for enrollment. Many UNO colleges have a minimum GPA requirement of 2.00 or above, as well as some additional requirements. For specific admission requirements to the colleges, please consult the degree requirements section in this catalog.

  1. Readmission Criteria
    1. The Undergraduate Admissions Office denies readmission to any student under academic suspension who has been out of school less than one calendar year.
    2. Students who have been academically suspended from UNO should contact the Registrar’s Office for reinstatement information.
    3. Many of UNO’s undergraduate colleges have additional admission requirements. See the section entitled “Admissions Requirements for Selected Undergraduate Colleges”.
  2. Documents Required
    1. Undergraduate Application for Admission available online at admissions.unomaha.edu.
    2. If the student has attended other colleges since last attending UNO, official college transcripts are required.
Recent UNO Graduates

All UNO graduates must submit a new application to continue their undergraduate studies.

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 an official 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 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.

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.

English Proficiency Policy

Students for Whom English is Not Their Language of Nurture

Undergraduate applicants whose language of nurture is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. All education records submitted to the University must be in English. If any of the records are not in English, an official translation must be provided by the student.

UNO accepts scores for English Proficiency 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.
  • Students presenting these forms of English proficiency are still required to take the UNO English Proficiency Exam. The results of this exam will determine appropriate class placement and will have no influence on your admission status.
  • SPECIAL NOTE: TOEFL results from other institutions may not be used for direct application to the University.

Naturalized citizens of the United States, refugees, immigrants, and non-immigrants may request a waiver of the English proficiency requirement through one of these options:

  1. Applicants that are expected 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. If the waiver is granted, students will then take the UNO English Placement and Proficiency Exam (EPPE).
  2. Completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Official U.S. collegiate transcripts must be sent directly to UNO, and include specified collegiate course work completed with a grade of C or better. Additional requirements apply. Please contact Undergraduate or International Admissions for details.
  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. collegiate transcripts must be sent directly to UNO, and include specified collegiate. Additional requirements apply. Please contact Undergraduate or International Admissions for details.

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. Enrollment in the ILUNO Bridge Program may be required for any student whose English language ability is below acceptable standards based on the EPPE results.

Conditional Admission

Students who do not have qualifying English proficiency scores are encouraged to apply to UNO’s intensive English program, ILUNO. If academically eligible, ILUNO students will receive part-time or full-time or full undergraduate admission upon  to the first available term based on their English proficiency scores and/or successful completion of ILUNO and qualifying score.

ILUNO consideration may be given with non qualifying English Proficiency test score.

Excludes programs in the College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, the College of Education, and the College of Education and Human Sciences and the Department of English.

ILUNO's Bridge Program

The Bridge Program allows ILUNO students to take one to three undergraduate courses based on their TOEFL scores. These classes must be approved by their UNO advisor. Eligibility is limited to students with a qualifying TOEFL score. http://world.unomaha.edu/iluno/beyond.php

Excludes programs in the College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, the College of Education, the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Department of English.

International Applicants

Applying Online

Applications for admission are available on-line at apply.unomaha.edu

Required Documentation

  1. An international application. apply.unomaha.edu
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. dollars) paid by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card is required from all new undergraduate students at the time an application is submitted. Applications will not be processed unless an application fee is included. Applicants who do not enroll within one year must reapply and resubmit the application fee. Submitting an application and application fee to UNO does not guarantee admission to the University.
  3. Official Transcripts. International students must submit complete, official academic records and graduation examination results for all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended with any certificates and/or diplomas awarded. Official academic records, certificates and diplomas not issued in English also require certified English translations. Post-secondary institutions include colleges, universities, professional schools, vocational schools, trade schools and technical institutes. If a student has attended a post-secondary institution, the academic records are required even if a certificate and/or degree was not awarded and/or transfer credit is not desired by the student. These documents should be sent directly from the foreign institution or translation service. When it is impossible to have records sent from the foreign institution or agency, documents may be submitted by the student as long as they remain sealed in the original envelope. Students enrolled in other U.S. institutions must have official transcripts sent directly to UNO from the U.S. institutions. Official transcripts should be sent via courier to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    Eppley Administration Building, Room 111
    6001 Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE 68182-0080
  4. Proof of English Proficiency. Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the options described in the “Policy for Students for Whom English Is Not Their Language of Nurture.” (Also see the Admissions / English Proficiency Policy section.) Students who do not have a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score can apply for conditional admission through UNO’s intensive English program, ILUNO. See the “Conditional Admission” section or visit the ILUNO section of world.unomaha.edu for more information. Score cards can be sent via email to unoadmissions@unomaha.edu, or can be sent directly to UNO from the testing center. 
  5. Proof of Financial Support for F-1 or J-1 Visa Applicants or Holders. U.S. Federal law requires international students applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa to demonstrate adequate funding through personal, family and/or a sponsor’s financial resources. Students must provide evidence of sufficient funds in their possession to finance their first year of study when applying for admission. Student and/or sponsor bank statements with original signatures and bank seals or stamps must be provided. In addition to a bank statement, a UNO financial affidavit signed by the student and all sponsors is required. Bank statements and UNO Financial Affidavits should be no more than six months old at the time they are submitted. Failure to submit a completed financial affidavit and an original bank statement will prevent UNO from issuing an I-20 or DS-2019. Financial documents should be submitted electronically to unoadmissions@unomaha.edu

Health Insurance

Due to the high cost of health care in the U.S., UNO offers health insurance to its international students at a reasonable rate. Students who do not have a university-approved policy from overseas are required to participate in this plan. 

F-1 or J-1 Visa Applicants Applying to Non-Degree Programs

International students who are F-1 or J-1 visa applicants or holders may apply as non-degree students if they:

  1. have permission letter from their current institution to be enrolled part-time at UNO while remaining on the I-20 of their current school. 
  2. are referred as a participant in an international exchange program between UNO and their home institution; OR
  3. have a recommendation letter from their home institution or employer. Students applying under this option should contact International Admissions for details about content requirements for the letter.

Admission Packets for International Students

Most admission decisions are made within one week after all required documentation is received. Upon admission to UNO, a letter of admission and admission packet will be mailed directly to the student. For those who are J1 visa applicants, the admission packet will include the DS-2019. For those who are visiting F1 visa holders enrolling part-time at UNO while remaining on an !-20 at your current school, no I-20 will be issued.