University of Nebraska materials encourage early start in preparing for college
As part of an ongoing effort to increase Nebraska's college-going rate, the University of Nebraska is providing new materials to help 8th grade students and their families better prepare for college. Packets of materials, in English and Spanish, have been sent to all middle schools in the state with brochures, posters and checklists in a take-home packet.

"The entire state can take pride in the quality of our schools and our outstanding high school graduation rate, one of the highest in the nation," said James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska. "However, Nebraska's college-going rate is barely above the national average. If we want Nebraskans to be successful in the 21st century, we need more of our young people staying in school and going on to college."

Milliken asked middle schools principals and guidance counselors to encourage more students to start early in preparing for college. Admissions requirements for the University of Nebraska include 16 academic units (one year each) covering math, science, foreign language, English and social studies. To meet these requirements, most students begin taking required classes in 9th grade. The materials include a checklist of required courses as well as information on class rank or standardized test score requirements.

The packets also include information about saving for college, and the University of Nebraska's Tuition Assistance Program – which guarantees that any Nebraska resident who meets both admission requirements and federal financial aid guidelines can attend the University of Nebraska and pay no tuition.

"In an economy in which more and more jobs require education beyond high school, one of the keys to Nebraska's future is an educated workforce," Milliken said. "That is essential in attracting and keeping employers who offer well-paying jobs, which will give young people the opportunity to remain in the state."

He noted the university's participation and leadership in the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, in which leaders of elementary and secondary education, colleges and universities, state government and the private sector have joined with Gov. Heineman in an effort to increase Nebraska's college-going rate.

Materials are available at no charge and may be ordered at:

PDF files of the materials are also linked below and may be reproduced as needed.
English version of brochure
Spanish version of brochure
English version of checklist
Spanish version of checklist
English version of poster
Spanish version of poster

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