Applicants who have attended another institution of collegiate rank after high school graduation are considered transfer students.
Students transferring to UNK must meet all requirements stipulated in the current undergraduate catalog. To be considered for admission all applicants must have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Students who have been suspended or dismissed from other colleges or universities for personal or academic reasons may not be considered for admission until they are eligible to return to their former institutions.
UNK uses a single application form for first-time freshmen and transfer students. Applications must be accompanied by a $45.00 application fee, preferably check or money order, made payable to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. All application materials, including transcripts, should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, Nebraska 68849
Apply on-line at www.unk.edu
Introduction - The Board of Regents has established a set of entry requirements for all campuses of the University of Nebraska. All students seeking entry to the University must have satisfactorily completed a core of selected high school courses spread over a number of disciplines. The entrance requirements include a process for admitting students who do not meet one or more of the admission criteria, yet show promise of academic success. The Admissions Office reserves the right to grant or deny admission to any student.
Core Course Requirements - The core must be met by all students who graduated from high school in 1997 or after. The core course requirements are summarized in the following broad areas of subject matter in which one unit represents one full year of study:
||2 Units (in the same language)
(UNL requires an additional unit of mathematics; UNO and UNK require one unit of an academic elective from the above subject areas.)
Transfer Students - Transfer students are expected to satisfactorily complete the core course requirements, either in high school or in their previous postsecondary studies.
1. High school transcript
2. All college transcripts
3. Good standing at the previous institution
4. Transfer students who graduated from high school in 1997 or after need to meet the core requirements for admission.
Policy for Completion of Deficiencies -
1. Students will be required to successfully complete an approved college-level course, for each deficiency, within their first 24 hours of enrollment at UNK.
2. Courses taken at UNK to compensate for admissions deficiencies will count as college credit and, dependent on the major, toward specific degree requirements.
Admission Status - Transfer Students
Full Standing - Applicant has completed the University of Nebraska's Admission Standards. Indicates all application materials have been received, cumulative grade point requirement (C or 2.0) was met, and applicant left previous accredited institution in good standing.
Admitted by Review - This status may indicate:
Applicant has not completed the University of Nebraska's Admission Standards. Applicant will be required to complete deficiencies.
Probation - Transfer students with less than a 2.0 GPA may be admitted on probation to UNK. Students admitted on probation are retained in college upon satisfactory academic progress.
Provisional - Indicates part of application requirements are missing. Generally, provisional acceptance is reserved for students who are currently attending another institution and transcripts are partial or show work in progress. Provisionally admitted students must meet necessary requirements prior to registration for any succeeding semester.
When to Apply
Applications should be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which application is being made. Apply online at www.unk.edu or submit an application form with the $45.00 application fee, a partial college transcript and final high school transcript. A Work-in-Progress Report may be submitted to support the application when a student is currently enrolled at another institution. After completing attendance at a previous institution, students must request a final, official transcript be sent to the Office of Admissions.
Transfer students seeking admission for non-degree and summer school classes do not need to submit transcripts. Students who plan to continue in and/or pursue a UNK degree program must meet all admission requirements, i.e., complete the on-campus admission form and submit transcripts from all previous institutions.
Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Transfer of Credit Hours - Undergraduate
Students transferring to UNK from another post-secondary institution should be aware of the following policies and procedures regarding the award of transfer credit.
1. Only official, sealed transcript(s) from each college/university previously attended will be considered by the Registrar’s Office for the award of transfer credit. *
2. Credit hours earned with “C” or better will transfer (a "C-" does not constitute a "C").
3. All credit hours transferable are converted to semester credit hours (e.g., one-quarter hour equals 2/3 of a semester credit hour.)
4. Grades earned at another institution do not become a part of the student’s UNK cumulative grade point average. (Except those earned at another campus of the University of Nebraska UNL, UNO, UNMC.)
5. A maximum of 66 semester credit hours may be transferred from two-year/Junior or Community Colleges.
6. UNK does not issue copies of another institution’s transcript. (Exception: internal advising purposes.)
7. Applicability of courses for which credit hours are transferred to UNK is determined by:
(a) UNK Registrar’s Office - General Studies Program;
(b) UNK Academic Departments - Majors/minors/teaching endorsements.
8. Credit awarded at another college/university for course work completed in a non-traditional manner, e.g., through Advanced Placement programs (CEEB), Proficiency Tests (CLEP or comprehensive examinations administered by an academic department) or personal experience must be validated by the Registrar’s Office and/or appropriate UNK academic departments. That is, such credits do not transfer automatically and the student must furnish official score report, etc., for consideration. (CLEP score requirement: 50th percentile or better grade for UNK to award credit. Credit awarded for CLEP Subject examinations only. UNK does not award credit for CLEP General examinations.)
9. A maximum of 12 semester credit hours in correspondence courses and 6 semester credit hours in religion courses from Bible colleges may be transferred to UNK from accredited post-secondary institutions.
* Transcripts from non-accredited institutions, technical-trade schools, proprietary schools, industry-sponsored schools, etc. are reviewed by the UNK academic departments offering courses similar to the courses stated on the transcripts.
The UNK academic departments recommend to the Registrar's Office which courses or combination of courses to accept in transfer, the semester credit hours to award, and the course equivalency, if any, at UNK.
UNK reserves the right to require successful completion of specific UNK courses and/or up to two semesters of UNK course work before considering/granting transfer credit from such institutions.
1. A maximum of 4 semester credit hours is awarded for Basic Training upon receipt of the DD-214 form (military separation papers.)
2. Additional semester credit hours may be awarded for additional military education as recommended by the American Council on Education Guide.
Students who attended a foreign university or college and who wish to have their credits considered for transfer to UNK, must provide to the Office of Student Records and Registration:
a. An official transcript from the institution reflecting all courses attempted and grades received
b. A professional credential evaluation completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). See www.naces.org for a complete list of member agencies or contact the Office of Student Records and Registration for an approved list
c. Complete course descriptions for each course to be considered for transfer
d. Other information regarding previous educational experience as requested
The Office of Student Records and Registration will work with appropriate academic departments to evaluate credits for transfer when all documentation has been submitted. Evaluations will only be done for students who have been fully admitted into a degree seeking program at UNK.
Transfer of Credit Hours - Graduate
1. An official, sealed transcript(s) from the college/university (a) at which the bachelor’s degree was earned; and, (b) at which other graduate course work was completed must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
2. Only credit hours applicable to the student’s Graduate Program of Study at UNK, as approved by the Graduate Dean, will transfer to UNK and be recorded on the transcript.
Students who have successfully completed (C grade minimum) courses at another accredited college or university may transfer the hours earned (66 credit hours maximum from two-year community colleges) by submitting an official, sealed transcript to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Admissions Office. Transcripts are then forwarded to the Registrar's Office for evaluation. The Registrar’s Office will determine which courses taken elsewhere satisfy the UNK General Studies Program. The academic departments in which the student has indicated an interest determine which transfer courses satisfy their degree requirements.
Transfer students who wish to receive an evaluation and degree audit prior to registration at UNK, must submit an official, sealed transcript(s) from all previous colleges or universities attended to the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the registration date. The evaluation states the total semester credit hours transferred, the transfer courses that satisfy UNK program requirements, and the courses/credit hours which need to be completed/earned at UNK. If enrolled in classes at another institution within the month preceding the registration date, the student must request that institution to mail a final transcript at the end of the term. Evaluations will be provided for all new transfer students at their scheduled Transfer Day program. Students who cannot attend a Transfer Day and wish to receive an evaluation should contact the Registrar's Office. A complete evaluation will be sent to all new transfer students prior to early registration for the subsequent term.
Bachelor's Degree Requirements
Students who have attended another college/university and now plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UNK should be aware of the following UNK requirements:
All UNK admissions/application requirements must be met by students planning to earn a degree. Please refer to the Admissions section of this Guide.
If known at the time of admission, the student should declare major/minor, comprehensive major, or teaching endorsement areas. If the student is not ready to make this declaration, he/she should consult with the Academic Advising Center prior to each registration and then notify the Academic Advising Center as soon as a major/minor decision is made.
The Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time of the student’s first registration for a UNK course determines degree and program requirements. UNK reserves the right to withdraw or change any provisions or requirements in the catalog at any time.
Note: Students who matriculate at a Nebraska Community College and then transfer to UNK within three years will be allowed to follow the degree requirements that were in place at UNK at the time of their matriculation at the Community College.
A minimum of 120 semester credit hours is required for graduation. These credits include satisfactory completion of the UNK General Studies Program and program requirements of the student’s major/minor, comprehensive major, or teaching endorsements in addition to graduation requirements listed below and in the Catalog.
Note: Credits accepted in transfer are included in the 120 credit hour minimum.
The UNK General Studies Program must be completed by all degree candidates.
Teaching-degree students must complete courses from certain options within the program for purposes of teacher certification, as specified by the College of Education. Students planning to earn a teaching degree should refer to the College of Education section of this manual for more information.
40 semester credit hours must be earned in upper-division/junior-senior level courses. At UNK, such courses are numbered at the 300-400 level. Junior-senior level courses transferred from four-year college/universities may be applied to this requirement.
Community college (two-year) credit cannot be used to meet the 40-hour upper division requirements.
A minimum of 32 semester credit hours must be earned in UNK courses.
The Bachelor of Arts degree programs require a foreign language component.
All students must complete six hours of coursework designated as Writing Intensive (WI) and six hours of coursework designated as Cultural Diversity (CD). Coursework taken at community colleges offering similar designations may apply to meeting this requirement. A limit of three hours of WI will transfer to meet this requirement. Questions regarding this policy should be referred to the Registrar's Office.
A minimum 2.0, "C," cumulative grade point average must be earned in all UNK course work. Also, a minimum 2.0, "C," cumulative grade point average must be earned in UNK courses required for the student’s major/minor, comprehensive major, or teaching endorsement areas.
Note: Some academic departments have established higher GPA minimums for their programs. Please consult an academic advisor in the department offering a program of interest.
The General Studies Program
All degree-seeking students must satisfy UNK General Studies requirements. This 45 semester credit hour program provides broad intellectual experiences in diverse academic programs. Students earn credit in prescribed courses from areas in written and oral communications, math, democracy, aesthetics, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and approved general studies electives in order to accumulate the minimum 45 hours.
A Nebraska community college student planning to transfer to UNK should review the appropriate Course Equivalency Table to determine which courses at his/her current college satisfy UNK General Studies Program requirements.
For a complete explanation of the General Studies Program, including UNK course numbers, please refer to the General Studies information.
All students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney complete class registration via MyBlue, the interactive web interface. MyBlue allows students to register, drop/add classes, check an existing class schedule as well as obtain information on registration holds and grades. MyBlue offers additional features such as access to address information, the complete schedule of classes, account balance, grades, and financial aid.
Access to the system requires that the student be fully admitted to UNK, have his/her NU I.D., and a password.
Transfer students and University of Nebraska change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend one of the Transfer Day programs in order to obtain full benefit from academic advising, receive their program evaluation and other valuable information on UNK programs and services. Instruction will be provided on the MyBlue system and students will complete their registrations that day. Information on Transfer Days, including specific dates and reservation instructions, are provided by the Admissions Office at the time the student is accepted to UNK. Individuals who are unable to attend one of the Transfer Day programs should contact the Academic Advising Office at 308-865-8501.
University of Nebraska intercampus students are eligible to early register and may do so at their appointed time by contacting the Registrar's Office at 308-865-8527.
Complete details and registration instructions are published in the Class Schedule which is available from the Registrar's Office or on-line from MyBlue.
Students may contact the Registrar's Office to inquire about transfer of credits and their transfer evaluation. In addition, the Registrar's Office performs final review for graduation, processes drop/adds during the term, issues transcripts and initiates the degree audit. Students are encouraged to contact the office with questions on registration or any of the services named above.
Ms. Kimra Schipporeit
Director of Student Records and Registration
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, Nebraska 68849
Telephone: (308) 865-8527
Transfer of Undergraduate Credit Hours
Bachelor's Degree Requirements
General Studies Program