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07/31/2014 Academic Calendar Archive

Academic Year 2013-2014

1st Semester
2nd Semester
Classes Begin August 26 Classes Begin January 13
Labor Day September 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 20
Semester Break October 21-22 Spring Break March 23-30
Thanksgiving November 27-30
Classes End December 14 Classes End May 3

Academic Year 2012-2013

1st Semester
2nd Semester
Classes Begin August 20 Classes Begin January 7
Labor Day September 3 Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 21
Semester Break October 15-16 Spring Break March 17-24
Thanksgiving November 21-24
Classes End December 8 Classes End April 27

Academic Year 2011-2012

1st Semester
2nd Semester
Classes Begin August 22 Classes Begin January 9
Labor Day September 5 Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16
Semester Break October 17-18 Spring Break March 18-25
Thanksgiving November 23-26
Classes End December 10 Classes End April 28
02/01/2013 Peer Institutions
University System
Texas A&M University System
University of Colorado System
University of Illinois System
University of Missouri System
University of Oregon System
University of Tennessee System
University of Wisconsin System

University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University)
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Murray State University (KY)
Northern Michigan University
Sam Houston State University
University of Central Arkansas
University of Northern Iowa
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Western Illinois University
University of Northern Colorado

Colorado State University
Iowa State University
Ohio State University
Purdue University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Iowa
University of Illinois – Urbana
University of Kansas
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Missouri - Columbia

Ohio State University
University of Colorado Health Science Center
University of Iowa
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Kansas Medical Center
University of Kentucky
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
University of Tennessee – Memphis

Cleveland State University
Northern Illinois University
Portland State University
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Missouri – St. Louis
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Northern Iowa
University of Texas at San Antonio
Wichita State University

01/30/2013 Faculty and Staff

The University of Nebraska is committed to being one of the best places to work in Nebraska or in the nation. This section provides information on benefits and policies, access to email and other important forms and information.

Dependent Eligibility Audit Update

Special Announcement:
Zika Virus Guidance – For Potential NU Travelers

01/30/2013 Visit Our Campuses
The University of Nebraska offers students the opportunity to choose a learning environment that suits their personal needs. The best way to find out more about each of the university's four campuses is to visit and experience it for yourself.

More than 24,000 students attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the NU system's flagship campus and one of the nation's top 50 public universities. UNL offers more than 150 undergraduate majors, a wide range of graduate programs and opportunities to learn from and work with some of the country's best researchers -- not to mention an award-winning Division of General Studies for those students who haven't yet settled on a major. UNL is home to the nationally known Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, Husker athletics and top-notch academic advising. UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, located on East Campus, offers students a range of academic and research opportunities. Visit UNL.

Some 14,600 students, including more than 700 international students, enjoy the technology-rich atmosphere at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. UNO is Nebraska's metropolitan university and home of the multi-campus Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering. UNO offers students abundant internship opportunities with businesses in Omaha and throughout the state. This is where students find their "Maverick Mojo!" Visit UNO.

The 6,650 students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney come from more than 40 countries, and all 93 counties in Nebraska, to enjoy small classes, caring professors and a safe, progressive community. More than 170 academic programs and a strong emphasis on undergraduate research create a challenging academic environment, while the Lopers consistently lead Division II athletics in 17 men's and women's sports. Visit UNK.

At the University of Nebraska Medical Center, 3,237 students prepare for careers in health sciences while working alongside internationally recognized medical researchers and health care professionals in state-of-the-art facilities, such as the cutting-edge Durham Research Center and Durham Research Center II. Programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry and dental hygiene, pharmacy, public health and ten allied health professions are available to students who complete their college prerequisites. Visit UNMC.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis is also part of the University of Nebraska, offering a two-year degree program with a focus on veterinary technology, ag production and business management or horticulture. NCTA's 425 students enjoy the personalized attention and support of a small college while having access to the resources of a major research university. Visit NCTA.
01/30/2013 Tuition

Whether you’re a Nebraskan, nonresident or international student, our goal is to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education – both in the classroom and online. The University of Nebraska is committed to moderate, predictable tuition increases that help you and your family plan for the cost of college, and total costs at our campuses continue to be well below the averages of our peers. Our online rates also are highly competitive. We want to ensure you can get the education you need to be successful without taking on a significant burden of debt.

For 2012-13, per-credit-hour tuition rates at each of our primarily undergraduate campuses are as follows:


Resident Undergraduate

Nonresident Undergraduate

Resident Graduate

Nonresident Graduate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln*





University of Nebraska at Omaha





University of Nebraska at Kearney





*Does not include differential tuition rates in the colleges of business, engineering and architecture.

Tuition rates at the University of Nebraska Medical Center vary by program. More information on UNMC tuition and cost of attendance.

Total 2012-13 costs of attendance (tuition plus other expenses such as room and board and course fees) for full-time University of Nebraska undergraduates are:


Resident Undergraduate

Nonresident Undergraduate

International Undergraduate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln*




University of Nebraska at Omaha**




University of Nebraska at Kearney***




*Does not include differential tuition rates in the colleges of business, engineering and architecture. Does not include books and supplies, transportation or miscellaneous expenses. Actual course fees may vary.
**Does not include the rates for students participating in the Metropolitan Advantage Program.
***Does not include books or personal expenses.

Tuition rates for online courses vary by campus and program. For more information, visit the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide website and search for the specific program you’re interested in.

For detailed information about tuition and cost of attendance at all our campuses, visit:

01/30/2013 Transfer Students
08/14/2008 College Portrait/VSA
The College Portrait, part of the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) is designed to improve public understanding of how public colleges and universities operate. It provides consistent, comparable and transparent information on the characteristics of institutions and students, cost of attendance, student engagement with the learning process and core educational outcomes. The information is intended for students, families, policy-makers, campus faculty and staff, the general public and other higher education stakeholders. The VSA project is a collaborative effort among the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the public higher education community.

The University of Nebraska offers this information to help current and future students and their families better understand the University. We encourage you to review the College Portrait for each of our campuses and those of other colleges and universities as a starting point to explore the higher education opportunities available to you.

College Portrait of Undergraduate Education University of Nebraska at Kearney College Portrait

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College Portrait

University of Nebraska at Omaha College Portrait

05/20/2008 Graduate Students
The University of Nebraska offers graduate and professional degrees in a wide range of disciplines, with programs available on all four campuses and via distance education. Each campus has its own admissions process.


UNK graduate programs and admissions
UNL graduate programs and admissions
UNMC graduate programs and admissions
UNO graduate programs and admissions

UNL College of Law
07/26/2007 Four-year graduation guarantee
The four-year guarantee for graduation relies on mutual commitment from the student to follow a list of practical guidelines while attending college, and from the university to ensure that required courses or acceptable alternatives are available.

Students must have appropriate high school preparation, pursue a course of study that is intended for four-year completion and follow these prudent practices:
  • Select a major early in college and stay with that major.
  • Work closely with academic advisors to develop a four-year curricular plan.
  • Sign up early for classes during each semester’s pre-registration period.
  • Register for and complete 15-18 credit hours per semester with acceptable grades.
  • Work at a job fewer than 20 hours per week.
  • When a required course is not available, notify the department chair in a timely fashion.
In turn, the university guarantees the student will be able to enroll in courses that permit graduation in four years. If that is not possible, the university will provide mutually acceptable alternatives or substitutions. Of course, not all students are in a position to graduate in four years. Some may need or prefer to work more hours and attend school part-time, or they may be enrolled in a program that requires more than four years. Others may just choose a different pace or the opportunity to take a wider range of courses that are not directly related to their field of study. This program is designed for those who want to complete their degree program as quickly as possible.

The Four-Year Graduation Guarantee was approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2002. The program recognizes the importance of Nebraska undergraduate students being able to earn their bachelor’s or first-professional degrees in timely fashion.

More information is available from campus admissions offices:
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska at Omaha
07/25/2007 Safety and Security

President Hank Bounds: Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

“At the University of Nebraska, we come from all walks of life—each of us with a different story. But, the University brings us together and makes us family. That means we have a responsibility to take care of each other.

Our campuses must be diverse, inclusive places where all students and employees feel valued and respected, and where their concerns are not just heard but addressed. Diversity stands with integrity and academic excellence as a foundation of University culture. It helps us to understand our differences as well as our commonalities.

I hope each of us will spend time asking ourselves what more we can do to make sure basic values like dignity and respect are reflected across our university. I look forward to working together to continue building a University of Nebraska that our university family can be proud of."


Campus Safety

The University of Nebraska believes that a successful learning environment for our students, staff and faculty must first be a safe environment. We are committed to providing the most secure setting possible on our campuses.

In the wake of the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech, many parents are understandably more concerned about the safety of their sons and daughters on college campuses. We understand and share those concerns, and have undertaken a number of measures to help ensure that students enjoy their years here as free as possible from threats to their safety or well-being.

Fully trained campus security personnel work closely with community law enforcement agencies to ensure the well-being of students, faculty and staff. New technologies are being implemented to permit rapid notification of students in the event of emergency. Each campus offers a full range of resources for crime prevention and safety.

Campus security offices can provide the latest information.


Rape and Sexual Assault Policy

The University of Nebraska values civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety and is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking are all sexual misconduct and are against the law and are unacceptable behaviors under University of Nebraska policy. Sexual misconduct is conduct in violation of University policy and state and federal law that the University will take action to eliminate, prevent, and redress once the University has notice that sexual misconduct has occurred.

Sexual misconduct jeopardizes the mental, physical, and emotional welfare of students, faculty and staff, as well as the safety of our community. Sexual misconduct diminishes individual dignity and impedes access to educational, social, and employment opportunities. It can permanently impact lives and may cause lasting physical and psychological harm. Sexual misconduct violates our institutional values and its presence in the community presents a barrier to fulfilling the University’s scholarly, research, educational, patient care, and service missions. Sexual misconduct, therefore, will not be tolerated at the University of Nebraska and is expressly prohibited.

The University has implemented policies and procedures to address the rights of all individuals involved in cases of alleged sexual misconduct. These apply to all University of Nebraska employees and students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to all programs and activities under the jurisdiction of the University of Nebraska. They provide information regarding the University’s efforts related to sexual misconduct, as well as how the University will proceed once it is made aware of sexual misconduct in keeping with our institutional values and to meet our legal obligations under Title IX and other relevant law.

The University of Nebraska’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures for Student Sexual Misconduct Complaints are available below.

07/25/2007 Scholarships and financial aid

We understand that college is a major investment for you and your family. But your investment in your education is bound to pay off. That’s why the University of Nebraska is committed to ensuring that cost doesn’t stop a single Nebraska student from pursuing a college degree.

Think you won’t qualify for aid? The odds are in your favor: More than half of all NU undergraduates – including 70 percent of UNK undergraduates, 52 percent of UNO undergraduates and 53 percent of UNL undergraduates – receive some form of financial aid, including both need- and merit-based aid. The university committed nearly $11 million from its operating budget to need-based aid in 2012-13, and students have access to numerous other scholarship and aid opportunities, such as fellowships, institutional grants, Regents Scholarships, federal Pell Grants and more. The university also works with private partners like the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, which is supporting 2,100 of our undergraduates this year, to ensure that millions more in aid is available to you.

Check with your campus financial aid office to learn more about what options you have to help support your education:

Collegebound Nebraska tuition assistance program

More than 6,600 University of Nebraska students are attending one of our four campuses and paying no tuition thanks to our tuition assistance program, Collegebound Nebraska. Collegebound Nebraska is our promise to you that if you are a Nebraska resident, meet our admission requirements and qualify for a federal Pell Grant, you will pay NO TUITION at the University of Nebraska as long as you maintain certain academic standards.

Collegebound Nebraska covers full tuition after Pell and other awards are factored in; it does not count toward room and board, books or other expenses, although many students receive additional aid to support those costs. Collegebound Nebraska covers up to 30 academic credit hours per year. There is no set income level to qualify, but generally, a student from a family of four with one in college and an annual income of $53,000 or less will qualify for Collegebound Nebraska aid.

To receive Collegebound Nebraska support, you must:

  • Be a full-time Nebraska resident undergraduate (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Be a Pell Grant recipient
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your campus
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade point average
  • Apply for federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 and complete the financial aid process with the university no later than June 1 prior to the beginning of the academic year. No separate aid application is required.

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship, which provides the differential between in-state and out-of-state tuition, is available to qualified freshmen who are children of University of Nebraska graduates. Students eligible for review must rank in the upper one-third of their graduating class or have a minimum ACT composite of 24 or higher (or equivalent on the SAT). The scholarship must first be awarded for the student’s freshman year, and is renewable for up to four years. Please check with each campus for their specific award requirements.

Regents Scholarship

The Regents Scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen who are graduates of Nebraska high schools. The scholarship is valued at full tuition for up to 135 credit hours or the completion of a bachelor’s degree, and is renewable as long as you: maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5; complete 24 credit hours each academic year; and complete a minimum of nine graded hours (not pass/no pass) each semester.

Other aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to veterans, service members and their dependents; international students; and others. Check with your campus financial aid office for more information. Nebraska also is a DREAM Act state, which permits undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates if they meet certain requirements.


07/25/2007 University of Nebraska Academic Calendar
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Academic Year 2016-2017

1st Semester
2nd Semester
Classes Begin August 22 Classes Begin January 9
Labor Day September 5 Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16
Semester Break October 17-18 Spring Break March 19-26
Thanksgiving November 23-26
Classes End December 10 Classes End April 29

07/24/2007 Prospective Students & Parents

Come to the University of Nebraska for a great education at the campus that fits you best. Visit our campuses in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney. Learn more about how to plan for (and save for) college – it’s never too soon to start!

Special Announcement:
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