Prospective Student Resources


At the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, we believe all students deserve to be here—to grow, to invent themselves, to reinvent themselves. Not to be the spokesperson of everyone who looks like them, loves like them, prays like them, but to become the best version of themselves. We believe each student’s story matters.

To that end, we’ve resourced our Office of Admissions with the Diversity and Community Outreach Team to support the recruitment of students from all backgrounds. Through their work, and the work of the whole admissions team, each UNL class has grown increasingly diverse.

We still have work to do to reach our goal of a student body with at least 18% diversity. We will continue to work with prospective students, their families, schools and community organizations in pursuit of our goal.

A sample listing of many of our college access and diversity-focused efforts is included below.

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Nebraska College Preparatory Academy Learn More About NCPA

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares academically-talented, first-generation, income eligible students for college and their future careers. NCPA scholars who successfully complete NCPA high school requirements have access to the support of a community of peers, academic support, and personal development opportunities throughout college. NCPA’s college scholars also receive full financial assistance to pay the cost of college, including tuition, books, room and board, and fees.

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Diversity Leadership Symposia

The First Generation Symposium, Black Leadership Symposium, Latino Leadership Symposium and Native Leadership Symposium are special events for high school students designed to celebrate and promote leadership in diverse communities.

More details to come soon.

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Emerging Leaders Scholarship
Davis-Chambers Scholarship
Native American Heritage Scholarship
Nebraska Achievement Scholarship
Chancellor's Leadership Class Scholarship 
Pepsi Service Scholarship
Ruth Leverton Scholarship 

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Community Involvement

Application Nights & Community Organization Visits

Office of Admissions staff are actively involved in schools and community organizations of all kinds in an effort to promote college access. This year, the UNL Office of Admissions participated in over 300 High School Visits and attended over 350+ college fairs in state and abroad. With a focus on Diversity and Community Involvement, the Office of Admissions has hosted all Nebraska Apply2College Days and promoted the NUforNE Campaign to effectively assist students and families navigate the college application process.

College Access Days and Group Visits

College Access Days provide the opportunity for school counselors to signup students to visit the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as a group. Instead of a traditional campus visit, students experience an interactive day where they can learn what it's like to be a college student. The Office of Admissions works with school representatives and community organizations to provide free transportation to campus from local communities for college access visits.

Each year, we have the opportunity to host about 2,500 students through College Access Days and share with them what the path to college looks like.

In addition, the Office of Admissions hosts over 3,000 visitors each year in personalized Group Visits tailored to the specific needs of each group.

Spanish Visit Days

Spanish Visit Days provide a campus experience with sessions and tour hosted in Spanish. If students and families are not able to attend a Spanish Visit Day, we can provide Spanish-language accommodations, such as bilingual staff and translation headsets during other campus visit days.

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On-Campus Connections

Campus Tour Guides

The Office of Admission employs a diverse group of campus tour guides who represent five different countries and speak multiple languages (e.g. English, Spanish, German, Mandarin).

The First Husker Program

The First Husker Program is an orientation designed to give first-generation freshmen the best possible start to their college career. First Husker students move in five days early, attend workshops with faculty and staff, and participate in social activities with fellow First Huskers.

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Spanish-Language Resources

The Office of Admissions provides Spanish-speaking staff and Diversity Ambassadors to best serve our prospective students and families.

We offer tours, presentations and Spanish Visit Days.

Students can request to receive admission materials in English and Spanish. Attendees registering for events also have the option to request Spanish-language accommodations, such as bilingual staff and translation headsets.

At events, bi-lingual staff wear “Hablo Español” buttons and “Hablo Español” stickers are available for attendees to wear, if they choose, so staff and families can easily identify fellow Spanish speakers.