University of Nebraska Kearney

Admissions Requirements

The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska has established minimum admission requirements for first-time freshman students. These requirements may not pertain to policies for transfer, international, readmission or non- degree students.

1. Assured Admission: Graduates of an accredited high school or equivalent must meet both the core course requirements and the performance requirements outlined below for assured admission.

Core Course Requirements: Students must have successfully completed 16 units of selected high school courses. A unit is equivalent to a one-year high school class.

  • English - 4 units
    All units must include intensive reading and writing. 
  • Mathematics - 3 units
    Must include Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry 
  • Social Sciences - 3 units
    At least one unit of American and/or World History, one additional unit of History, American Government,and/or Geography; and a third unit of any Social Science discipline or subject. 
  • Natural Sciences - 3 units
    At least two of the three units selected from biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. One of the units must include laboratory instruction. 
  • Foreign Language - 2 units (same language)
    Students who are unable to take two years of one foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission. Such students will be required to take two semesters of foreign language at UNK. 
  • Academic Elective Course - 1 unit
    One unit chosen from any of the above academic disciplines. 

Performance Requirements:In addition to meeting the above core course requirements, students applying for admission should:

  • Be ranked in the upper one-half of their high school class
  • Have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher
  • Have an SAT combined score total of 950 or higher from the Verbal and Math sections 

2. Admission by Review Applicants who do not qualify for admission by meeting all entrance criteria may be considered for Admission by Review. Each applicant will be reviewed and considered for admission on an individual basis by a committee of university representatives. The student's cumulative high school grade point average, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and the grades received in the core course requirements are all considered a primary factor in the admission evaluation and decision. The student may be asked to provide letters of recommendation from the high school counselor or principal as well as an educational purpose statement. Students who do not meet the 16 core course requirements and/or whose high school class rank falls below the 3rd quartile will be encouraged to attend a community college to strengthen their academic record before attending UNK. UNK works closely with the local community colleges to determine courses that transfer and satisfy the admission requirements.
     All students admitted under Admission by Review will be monitored for academic success until they fulfill the conditions of their admission. Students with academic course deficiencies will be required to sign an Admission by Review Agreement and make up any core course deficiencies by successfully completing an approved college-level course in each area of deficiency within the first 48 semester hours attempted at UNK. A University Foundations Class may be required for students who are admitted under Admission by Review who meet the core course requirements but do not meet performance requirements.

3. Admission of Students with a GED (General Education Diploma)Applicants who complete equivalent academic training such as the GED will be considered for admission under Admission by Review. Applicants should submit official transcripts reflecting all high school or post-secondary work completed and ACT or SAT results (if under the age of 21) as well as copies of GED scores and the GED certificate. Students who are admitted without completing all 16 core course requirements will be required to successfully complete an approved college-level course in each area of deficiency within their first 24 hours of enrollment at UNK. 

4. Home-Schooled Students. Submit the online Application for Admission and the $45 non-refundable application fee. If applicable, you must submit official transcripts reflecting any high school or post-secondary work completed. If you did not attend a high school, submit a detailed copy of your program of study along with your GED certificate and GED equivalence scores. If you did attend an accredited home-school agency that issues a high school diploma, then have the official transcripts sent to the UNK Office of Admissions. ACT/SAT scores are also required. Home-schooled students admitted without completing all 16 core course requirements will be required to successfully complete an approved college-level course in each deficiency within the first 24 hours of enrollment at UNK.  GED scores may be waived based on proficiency demonstrated on the ACT/SAT scores.  Additional documentation may be required.

A freshman student must complete the following requirements:
 Application Form - complete an online application or a paper application and return with the $45.00 non-refundable admissions application fee to the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 905 West 25th Street, Kearney, NE  68849.

b. Entrance Tests - UNK requires all new students to complete either the ACT or SAT test and have that score reported to the Director of Admissions, University of Nebraska at Kearney.  High school juniors and seniors must take the ACT or SAT test and list UNK (ACT College Code 2468, SAT Code 6467) as one of their college choices.  The student applies for admission by returning the admission application, the admissions application fee, and high school transcript of grades.

c.  Transcripts - Applicants must submit one high school transcript at the time of application reflecting at least six (6) semesters of high school work.  A final transcript reflecting high school graduation is required.

5. Admission of Students who are over age 21.
Freshman students over the age of 21 who do not meet the above requirements for admission, but present evidence of ability to do university work, may be considered for special admission. Applicants must be graduates from an accredited high school or have a high school equivalency degree. Refer to the first page for required documentation. ACT or SAT scores are NOT required. 

6. Transfer Students
Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney will be expected to have met the core course requirements, either in high school or in their previous post secondary studies. Transfer students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0. After initial screening, the Office of Records and Registration will determine the number of acceptable "transferable" credit hours from your previous college(s).

Undergraduate Application 

Statement of Policy 

The University of Nebraska at Kearney declares and affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment, and on discrimination in providing its services to the public. Therefore, the University of Nebraska at Kearney shall not discriminate against anyone based on upon race, age, color, disability, religion, sex (including sexual harassment) sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, martial status, or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska at Kearney
905 West 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68849