Admissions Policies

A new, first-time student at UNK must apply for admission and complete admissions forms. An online application is available at Undergraduate students and graduate students pay a $45.00 application fee. This fee is nonrefundable and is not applied to tuition or other fees.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate applications and the application fee should be deposited at least one month prior to the beginning of the student's first semester at UNK.  First-time undergraduate students at UNK apply for admission at  Students who do not wish to pursue a degree at UNK may be admitted as Non-Degree Students (or Visiting Students). Such classifications are exempt from meeting complete admission standards. Non-Degree students are NOT eligible for financial aid.

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.

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.

Qualified students from other countries and cultures who can bring direct contact with the heritage of their peoples and nations to the University of Nebraska at Kearney 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 at (308) 865-8953.

For the convenience of new undergraduate students attending a Summer Session, UNK has an Open Admissions policy which does not require a student to meet full admission criteria. However, prior to their next registration (for Fall or Spring Semester), these students must apply for official admission to UNK through the Office of Admissions, Memorial Student Affairs Building.

Graduate Students:

Applicants who hold bachelor's degrees or above apply for admission through the Office of Graduate Studies before registration for either graduate or undergraduate level courses. (If seeking a second bachelor's degree, applicants should apply with undergraduate admissions.)  Applicants apply online at Non-degree students need to complete an application and submit the application fee along with a copy of their bachelor transcripts. Non-Degree students are NOT eligible for financial aid. In addition to the application and fee, students seeking a Master's or Specialist degree must submit copies of transcripts from ALL educational institutions attended and complete departmental admission requirements. Specific department admission requirements are outlined in detail in the graduate catalog, available online at  Graduate applicants should submit the application and fee according to the deadlines stated here.


Undergraduate Students:
Students who have not enrolled at UNK within the last two years must complete an application for readmission. There is no readmission fee. Students who attended in the last two years are a part of the current data base and need NOT apply for readmission.

Graduate Students:
Graduate Students who have not enrolled within the last two years, as well as those seeking admission to a second degree program, must reapply for admission and pay a $45.00 admission fee. It is important for students to review application deadlines for specific programs within the graduate catalog or by contacting the individual department.