University of Nebraska at Lincoln

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. UNL is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the “Research Universities (very high research activity)” category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UNL celebrated the 145th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 15, 2014.

University of Nebraska at Lincoln Logo

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A STRONG FOUNDATION

Always a place of high ambition, this was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees—the first was granted, in physics, in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world’s first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today’s Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world’s most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is one of the nation’s leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Core Values

  • Learning that prepares students for lifetime success and leadership;
  • Excellence pursued without compromise;
  • Achievement supported by a climate that celebrates each person’s success;
  • Diversity of ideas and people;
  • Engagement with academic, business, and civic communities throughout Nebraska and the world;
  • Research and creative activity that inform teaching, foster discovery, and contribute to economic prosperity and our quality of life;
  • Stewardship of the human, financial, and physical resources committed to our care

Colleges at UNL

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & COST

 

A) INTERNATIONAL FRESHMEN

Since admission is based on your previous academic record, there are a few documents we require before you can be considered for admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

1. OFFICIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS AND CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA
Original secondary school transcripts.
Copies can only be used if they are stamped or embossed by the issuing institution.
OR
Mark sheets with certificates or diploma in your native language
If you submit mark sheets: You will also need to submit an English translation of the mark sheet, that has been stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a literal translation.

Completed coursework requirements include:

  • A broad section of course work in English
  • Native language
  • Math
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences

NOTE: If you’ve taken college-level courses that equal less than 12 credit hours, you will be evaluated as a freshman applicant. If you have completed your secondary work at a US high school you will still apply as an international freshman.

2. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

Non-native English speakers must submit an IELTS or TOEFL score (link) demonstrating proficiency in English. Contact your IELTS testing center or TOEFL to have your official scores sent directly to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

If you do not meet proficiency requirements, you can still be offered conditional admission.

English proficiency requirements

  • All non-native English speakers will need to submit English proficiency scores to enroll in full degree programs.
  • Students who meet academic requirements but have yet to meet English proficiency requirements will be conditionally admitted.
  • Conditionally admitted students will enroll in the UNL Intensive English Program for additional English instruction before beginning their degree program. Some students may qualify for the Credit English for Academic Purposes.

3. ACT / SAT REQUIREMENT
ACT / SAT tests are NOT required for admission to UNL but may be required for entry into specific colleges.

  • Colleges that require scores include:
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Engineering

4. BANK STATEMENT REQUIREMENT
You must submit your bank statement or a family members, showing sufficient support for the first year of study in order to be issued an I-20.

You will still be evaluated for admission without submitting the bank statement. However, admission letters and I-20s will not be sent until the bank statement requirement has been met.

Statements must include:

  1. Students name
  2. NU ID number

NOTE: If you don’t have a bank statement scholarship letters can be used in place of bank statements.

5. ITEMS NOT REQUIRED
Letters of recommendation and essays are NOT required for admission.

Send all Admission materials to:
Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1410 Q St
P.O. Box 880417
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

NEXT STEPS: APPLYING AND GETTING ADMITTED
Apply
Pay the $45 application fee.
Electronically through your MyRED account
By check, bank draft or money order:
Make it payable to the ‘University of Nebraska’
Include your (applicant’s) full name and NU ID number
Submit all required documents. (Your application is not considered complete until materials listed above have been submitted.)
All documents become the property of UNL and will not be returned.
Once completed, you will be evaluated for admission. An admission letter will be sent via email with instructions on obtaining your I-20.

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B) INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER

Since admission is based on your previous academic record, there are a few documents we require before you can be considered for admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

1. OFFICIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS AND CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA
Original secondary school transcripts.
Copies can only be used if they are stamped or embossed by the issuing institution.
OR
Mark sheets with certificates or diploma in your native language
If you submit mark sheets: You will also need to submit an English translation of the mark sheet, that has been stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a literal translation.
Completed coursework requirements include:

  • A broad section of course work in English
  • Native language
  • Math
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Completion of more than 12 hours of university level course work

NOTE: If you’ve taken college-level courses that equal less than 12 credit hours, you will be evaluated as a freshman applicant.

2. GPA REQUIREMENTS
2.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale over the course of your university level academic career
2.0 Grade Point Average in the most recent academic term you’ve completed

3. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
Non-native English speakers must submit an IELTS or TOEFL score (link) demonstrating proficiency in English. Contact your IELTS testing center or TOEFL to have your official scores sent directly to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

If you do not meet proficiency requirements, you can still be offered conditional admission.

English proficiency requirements

  • All non-native English speakers will need to submit English proficiency scores to enroll in full degree programs.
  • Students who meet academic requirements but have yet to meet English proficiency requirements will be conditionally admitted.
  • Conditionally admitted students will enroll in the UNL Intensive English Program for additional English instruction before beginning their degree program. Some students may qualify for the Credit English for Academic Purposes.

4. ACT / SAT REQUIREMENT
ACT / SAT tests are NOT required for admission to UNL but may be required for entry into specific colleges.

Colleges that require scores include:

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Engineering

5. BANK STATEMENT REQUIREMENT
You must submit your bank statement or a family members, showing sufficient support for the first year of study in order to be issued an I-20.

You will still be evaluated for admission without submitting the bank statement. However, admission letters and I-20s will not be sent until the bank statement requirement has been met.

Statements must include:

  • Students name
  • NU ID number

NOTE: If you don’t have a bank statement scholarship letters can be used in place of bank statements.

6. PROOF OF I-20
If you do not already have an I-20, you will be required to obtain one in order to study at an American university.

7. ITEMS NOT REQUIRED
Letters of recommendation and essays are NOT required for admission.

Send all Admission materials to:
Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
1410 Q St
P.O. Box 880417
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

NEXT STEPS: APPLYING AND GETTING ADMITTED
Apply
Pay the $45 application fee.
Electronically through your MyRED account
By check, bank draft or money order:
Make it payable to the ‘University of Nebraska’
Include your (applicant’s) full name and NU ID number
Submit all required documents. (Your application is not considered complete until materials listed above have been submitted.)
All documents become the property of UNL and will not be returned.
Once completed, you will be evaluated for admission. An admission letter will be sent via email with instructions on obtaining your I-20.
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c)UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Students seeking an Undergraduate Certificate, not an undergraduate degreefrom the University of Nebraska‒Lincoln.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  1. Complete the application
  2. Pay the application fee:
    • Pay online using credit card.
    • Check (payable to the University of Nebraska). Include the applicant’s name in the memo line.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED COMPLETE:

Proof of high school graduation or its equivalent such as a General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)
An official transcript needs to be sent directly from the high school or testing agency that issued the diploma. Send it to the Office of Admission, 1410 Q Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0417.

APPLICATIONS AFTER THE PUBLISHED ADMISSIONS DEADLINE

If you apply after the published semester deadline you may still be eligible for admission.

Any application received after the published deadline will be placed on a wait-list. The admissions committee will prioritize the wait-list based upon candidates that meet our assured admission requirements.

Please note there is no guarantee of admission for wait-list applicants.
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INTERNATIONAL VISITING STUDENT

YOU QUALIFY AS A VISITING STUDENT IF:

  • You are earning your bachelor’s degree from a university or college outside of the United States and want to study at UNL for 1 to 2 semesters.
  • You are coming to UNL independent of a UNL recognized exchange program.

1. OFFICIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS AND CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA
Original secondary school transcripts.
Copies can only be used if they are stamped or embossed by the issuing institution.
OR
Mark sheets with certificates or diploma in your native language
If you submit mark sheets: You will also need to submit an English translation of the mark sheet, that has been stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a literal translation.
Completed coursework requirements include:

  • A broad section of course work in English
  • Native language
  • Math
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences

NOTE: Academically eligible candidates who do not have funding are ineligible to receive immigration documentation and will not be able to attend UNL.

2. PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS
To ensure proper processing of immigration documents, we ask that you submit a copy of your passport information page.

3. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
Non-native English speakers must submit an IELTS or TOEFL score demonstrating proficiency in English. Contact your IELTS testing center or TOEFL to have your official scores sent directly to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

If you do not meet proficiency requirements, you can still be offered conditional admission.

English proficiency requirements

  • All non-native English speakers will need to submit English proficiency scores to enroll in full degree programs.
  • Students who meet academic requirements but have yet to meet English proficiency requirements will be conditionally admitted.
  • Conditionally admitted students will enroll in the UNL Intensive English Program for additional English instruction before beginning their degree program. Some students may qualify for the Credit English for Academic Purposes.

4. ACT / SAT REQUIREMENT
ACT / SAT tests are NOT required for admission to UNL but may be required for entry into specific colleges.

Colleges that require scores include:

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Engineering

5. FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT
You must indicate the ability to be supported for the entire period of intended study at UNL without recourse to employment. The bank certification and/or the statement of government, institution, or organizational support will need to be officially signed and submitted before VISA documents can be issued.

Visiting Students: must have a significant level of funding ($1,000 per semester) from non-personal and family funds (must be from scholarships, funding from home institution, or government funding).

Financial documents must include:
1. Students name
2. NU ID number

6. VISA REQUIREMENTS
You will need to apply for a J-1 student visa. As a J-1 visa holder you are obligated to pursue a full-time academic program at UNL.

7. PROPOSED PLAN OF STUDY FORM
As part of your application you’ll be prompted to enter your course requests in order of priority – at least 4 to 5 per semester. Use the bulletin (undergraduate or graduate) to find course descriptions. The current schedule of classes will be available to you after you have been officially admitted to UNL.

8. ITEMS NOT REQUIRED
Letters of recommendation and essays are NOT required for admission.

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International Cost-

Estimated Costs for the 2014-15 Academic Year

Item Cost
Tuition and Fees $22,435.00
Room and Board $10,056.00
Books and Supplies $1,071.00
Miscellaneous $5,781.00
Academic Year Total $39,343.00

Annual costs are based on a single undergraduate student taking 15 hours / semester for two semesters living in an Abel/Sandoz residence hall in a double room with the 7-day unlimited meal plan.

The academic year total represents the amount that must be shown on the bank statement or scholarship letter in order to be issued an I-20.

Intensive English Program Cost (Semester) – Estimated Costs for One Semester During the 2014-15 Academic Year

Item Cost
IEP Course and Student fees $4,987.00
Room and Board $5,028.00
Books and Supplies $535.50
Miscellaneous $2,890.50
Academic Year Total $13,441.00

Annual costs are based on a single undergraduate student enrolled in the Intensive English Program for two semesters living in an Abel/Sandoz residence hall in a double room with the 7-day unlimited meal plan.

The academic year total represents the amount that must be shown on the bank statement or scholarship letter in order to be issued an I-20 for students enrolled in the Intensive English Program who do not intend to earn a degree from UNL.

Conditionally admitted students must show $39,344.00 to receive an I-20.