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A: At the bare minimum, you should be meeting with your adviser once a semester. Ideally, however, you will contact them a few times per semester to:
- Choose your courses for next semester
- Discuss the progress of your current classes
- Explore/discuss career options and graduate school
- Identify campus resources and research opportunities
Your advisor is an important resource. If you have a question and don't know who to ask, ask your advisor. If they don't know the answer, they will likely know someone who will.
A: Priority Registration occurs in October for the Spring semester and March for the Summer and Fall terms. Students are separated into groups based on class status (Senior/Junior/Sophomore/Freshman) so everyone is not registering at the same time. Log on to MyRED and check "My Notifications" to see the specific day and time you can begin registering. It is important to register during Priority Registration.
A: Current students can find the schedule of classes online on MyRED.
A: For all deadlines, refer to the UNL Academic Calendar.
- Log on to MyRED and select "Edit Enrollment" from the navigation menu
- Click "Drop" on the top menu bar
- Select the course you want to drop and click "Drop Selected Classes"
- Follow the instructions to finish dropping the course and print a copy of your computer screen for your records
If you drop a course after the drop/add deadline (6th day of class), a "W" will appear on your transcript to indicate that you withdrew from the course. If you drop before the drop/add deadline the course will not appear on your transcript.
- Log in to MyRED and select "Edit Enrollment" from the navigation menu
- Select "Edit" on the menu bar at the top
- Select the course you would like to change to Pass/No Pass and click "Proceed To Step 2 of 3"
- Change Grade to Pass/No Pass in the drop-down menu next to the "Grading" heading
- Click "Proceed" to finish the process and print a copy of your computer screen to record the change
A: The decision to take a class pass/no pass should not be made lightly. There are many things to consider. In general, courses for your major program of study cannot be taken pass/no pass unless they are only offered as such. There is a 24 credit hour limit on courses that can be taken pass/no pass.
Also, to “pass” under this option, you must receive a C or higher. A grade of C- will result in “no pass” whereas if you were taking it for a grade, you’d simply receive a C-.
Click here for more guidelines about the pass/no pass option.
A: To change your major or add a major/minor, you should first meet with your adviser to discuss the impending changes. If making a change within CASNR (i.e. adding a CASNR major, declaring an option or any minor), go to the Dean’s Office at 103 Agricultural Hall, East Campus to start the process. If you are changing your major to one in another college (i.e. CAS, BUSN, EHS, etc.), start the process at your destination college advising center. Students can research potential minors by using the Undergraduate Catalog.
A: There is no such thing as a "good" or "bad" minor. Your minor should be a subject area that interests you and can either be related or unrelated to your career plans. The important part is that you enjoy the course work and excel academically in the subject. You can search for and view minor requirements using the Undergraduate Catalog. Schedule an appointment with your advisor if you need help deciding what to minor in.
A: Plan A minors are primarily for students who only have one minor. Plan A minors are typically 18 credits, but that can vary by department. Plan B minors are for students who have multiple minors or majors and are typically smaller (12 credits). Not every minor is available as a Plan B minor. Use the Undergraduate Catalog to find the requirements for a minor.
A: First, talk to your professor!
See if you are doing everything you need to be doing to be successful in the course. There are several reasons why you may not be performing at an optimum level. It could have to do with transitional issues, your methods of studying, taking on too much, a learning disability, or just life getting in the way.
Depending on the situation, an academic adviser may or may not be able to help you work through this; however, they certainly can be a good contact and point you in the right direction!
A: If you received a C- or lower and you retake it at either UNL, UNO or UNK and receive a better grade, the new grade will automatically replace the old grade. However, if you originally received a C or higher in the course and want to improve the grade, the grades will be averaged together. Thus, it may not be in your best interest to retake the course if the grade is higher than a C-.
Q: I’m going home for the summer and want to take some summer classes while I’m there. How do I know if they transfer to UNL?
A: It is critical that you communicate with your adviser about your plans to take courses over the summer. UNL has transfer equivalencies already established with many institutions, but others will need to be pre-approved. Look at what requirements you still need to complete on your degree plan at UNL, then look for similar classes at the college of your choice, and see if you can get them pre-approved for transfer.
Do not worry if your college or course is not on this list, it probably only means UNL does not get credit from that institution very often.
Q: I’ve taken a Math class at another institution but it’s not listed as a direct equivalent, how do I get transfer credit for this class?
A: When taking math courses at institutions other than UNL, first check the transfer equivalencies website to see if a UNL equivalent has already been established with that institution. If not, send the following information to Doug Pellatz for course evaluation for UNL math credit:
- Course number and title
- Official course description from that institution’s bulletin
- Course syllabus with textbook used and section titles covered
If after transferring the math course, you still need to take another math course at UNL, it is imperative that you re-take the Math Placement Exam to facilitate registration into the next UNL math course.
A: The Writing Assistance Center can assist you with your writing project by providing hands-on techniques that enable you to say what you mean.
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A: You can order your transcript through MyRED. Click on 'Order Official Transcript' from the navigation menu under 'Academics'.
A: You will need to submit an application for graduation at the beginning of your final semester. Refer to the University Registrar's website for instructions and deadlines.
A: UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program) pays undergraduates to work alongside faculty members and participate directly in campus research and creative activities.
A: Graduates from the Forensic Science Degree Program tend to seek careers in law enforcement, crime laboratories, the office of a medical examiner, or other government agencies. Many of our students also go on to enter graduate or professional schools.
Q: If I have a good relationship with my adviser, is it necesary to have a good connection with my professors?
A: While having a good an ongoing relationship with your adviser is very important, knowing your professors can be crucial to your future. They will know more about your chosen field of study and you will be reliant on them to write letters of recommendation and provide you with career-oriented advice.
Q: I’m on academic probation and I have 14 hours this semester. I would like to drop one of my 3 credit hour classes, but that puts me below 12 hours. How will that affect my financial aid and health insurance?
A: There a few key considerations here: To understand how dropping the course would impact your financial aid situation, speak to Scholarships and Financial Aid directly.
Another important consideration is health insurance. It is crucial to speak to your parents or your health care provider about your health insurance to find out if part-time status will impact your coverage.
Finally, understand that a "W" for Withdrawal will go on your transcripts. It won't impact your GPA, but it will indicate that you were signed up for this class this semester and chose to drop it.
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