Access and Opportunity Programs

NEBRASKA offers the following programs to help undergraduate students gain wider access to support
and pursue greater opportunities through higher education.


W.H. Thompson Learning Community

Recipients of the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship who choose to attend the university automatically become members of the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community. Its goal is to foster the potential and build on the achievements of student members by supporting their academic, personal, and social development through a variety of opportunities, programming, and classroom experiences.

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Prism: LGBTQA+ and Allied Students is a new Learning Community for 2021-2022! This LC will provide a community for students who identify as LGBTQA+ or are allies of the community. The Learning Community will be in Gender Inclusive Housing. Prism will emphasize the intersectionality within everyone's identities and allow students to explore their personal identities in a supportive and caring space. Students will explore the history of the LGBTQA+ community as well as current-day issues and community resources. Prism will place emphasis on healthy methods of self-care, and will partner with the LGBTQA+ Center to provide multiple mentoring options for students.

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McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Program is administered through the Office of Graduate Studies and is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, with additional university in-kind support. Its aim is to increase numbers of underrepresented students in doctoral programs. Our McNair Scholars Program prepares selected undergraduates for graduate study by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.

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Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares first-generation and low-income students to achieve personal and academic success.

Preparing for college often requires more than academic and social readiness and financial resources. Many factors, both in and out of the classroom, can have a stressful and adverse effect on scholars. NCPA supports students through individualized development plans including academic and social counseling, leadership building, and personal wellness.

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Melvin W. Jones Scholars Learning Community

The Jones Scholars Learning Community brings together students of any major interested in making the most of their first year of college through a focus on leadership, academic excellence, and service to others. The community also has a vibrant network of alumni - both at NEBRASKA and beyond - offering Jones Scholars a variety of networking opportunities.

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The university's TRIO Programs is a department of the Student Affairs division. At the university, through its four component programs, Educational Talent Search, Regular Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science and Student Support Services, the Office of TRIO Programs (TRIO) fulfills the goals as laid out by the Department of Education. 1,398 students, cumulatively, in the Lincoln community and the university are served by these programs. The Ronald E. McNair Scholars program at the university is administered through the Office of Graduate Studies.

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