The University of Nebraska at Kearney encourages high school students whose maturity, achievement, aptitude and goals warrant special consideration to seek early admission. Acceptance is contingent upon a recommendation from a high school official. Early admission students are limited to enrolling for a maximum of six hours per semester and a total accumulation of 16 hours prior to completion of high school requirements.
Qualified students from other countries and cultures who can bring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney direct contact with the heritage of their peoples and nations are welcome to apply for admission. Inquiries concerning international student admission may be directed to the Office of International Admissions, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
International students must:
- Complete the UNK on-line Application for admission form.
- Submit transfer authorization from their last place of study (applies to students transferring within the United States). Complete transcripts of credit earned at other institutions should be filed with the Director of Admissions.
- Students from non-English Speaking Countries are required to submit proof of English Proficiency by providing official score reports from one of the following. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the minimum score requirements or enroll in the English Language Institute for intensive English study until a minimum score is achieved.
Minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based test, 173 computer-based test, or 61 Internet-based test iBT.
Minimum TOIEC score of 600.
- Submit transcripts reflecting secondary school graduation (or its equivalent) at a level commensurate to the requirements for first time enrolled students at UNK.
- Provide evidence of their capability to finance a program of study without assistance from UNK.
- Submit a completed Student Health Record, which must include results of a recent physical exam and month and year of all child and adult vaccinations. See Health Activities section of this handbook for more specific instructions.
- Purchase the basic health insurance policy offered through UNK or provide evidence of comparable coverage by another insurance carrier upon arrival. Insurance charges will be assessed with other fees on the fee payment statement.
Issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20, or DS2019, will be made only upon completion of all admission requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make all necessary arrangements through official channels for entrance into the United States.
International student applicants should make application three to four months prior to the anticipated enrollment date in order to allow adequate time for issuance of documents and visa appointments at the US Consulate/Embassy.
NEW FRESHMAN REQUIREMENTS
Students may be granted admission for Fall or Spring semester or for the summer session. All students seeking admission in degree oriented programs must complete the application for admission and the related documents before admission can be determined. All materials become the property of UNK and are not returned.
Admission procedures for all entering freshmen are outlined in the "Admission Information" section of the UNK catalog. Questions regarding admission should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in the Memorial Student Affairs Building.
A special 'non-degree' classification is provided for those individuals who have no immediate intent of pursuing a degree program. Such a classification is intended to enhance the enrollment of students, over 19 years of age, seeking course work for reasons other than obtaining a bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Non-degree status allows the student to complete as many hours as he or she chooses; however, should the individual later wish to pursue a degree, a maximum of 16 semester credit hours may apply and all regular admission requirements must be met including application, transcripts, status reports, and ACT or SAT scores. Application forms are available in the Office of Admissions.
READMISSION OF FORMER STUDENTS
Undergraduate students who have not been enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney within the last two years are required to apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Graduate students who have not been enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for four years are required to apply for readmission through the Office of Graduate Studies. Application should be made at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the term to which readmission is requested. Students who have attended UNK at any time within the last two years and who wish to enroll in classes will find their names already appearing on the student file, and they may register for classes according to the published Class Schedule.
Former students should give special attention to the following:
- A former student attending another college or university is considered a transfer student and must satisfy transfer requirements. Complete transcripts of credit earned at other institutions should be filed with the Office of Admissions.
- Students voluntarily withdrawing are eligible for readmission with the same status that existed at the time of withdrawal.
- Students suspended or dismissed for academic reasons may petition the Director of Admissions for reinstatement. Evaluation for readmission usually includes consideration of academic aptitude, evidence of growth and maturity, course work at other institutions, and time elapsed since leaving the institution.
TRANSFER STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
Students attending another institution of collegiate rank, in which they attempted 12 hours or more following graduation from High School, are considered transfer applicants. A complete application must be submitted before any decision will be made concerning the acceptability of the applicant, or the evaluation of transfer credit.
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