First Year Program

Destination Uptown

Stop at the First Year table to enter to win a Mall Gift Card and other great prizes!

Hill Top Mall Map

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Job Opp.

Store and Discounts/Giveaways with Your UNK Student ID!

Food

520

$$

Herberger’s: Game at Cosmetics & Makeup Samples

540

$$

GROW Nebraska: Scavenger Hunt in store, 25% off

Free Popcorn

550

Master Cuts: Always 10% off with student ID

600

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Sporting Edge: Games and Prizes

620

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GNC: 30% off

K5

$$

Kate’s Kiosk: 2 for $15 sunglasses, prize drawing

630

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Famous Footwear: $10 off of $50 through the weekend

640

**FREE Quick Draw Caricature’s**

K1

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Viaero: Drawings for speakers, gift cards, etc. 10% discount on our post-paid plans.

Pizza & Drinks

100

Verizon: 50% off any Incipio, Tech21, or Kate Spade cases/prizes

110

Smallcakes: 15% off

Mini-cupcakes to first 100 students

120

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Regis: Drawing for prizes and 10% off service

130

Claires: Loper Face Paint & Hair Dye, 20% off

140

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Tradehome: Shoe lacing competition

170

Sequel Shop: Games & Prizes, 25% off purchase  

Candy

180

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Pretzel Maker: 15% off

K2

Kasan’s Kiosk: 20% Off One Item or Bogo 1/2 off

**One animal available each hour for free rides**

190

Imperial Palace: Free drink or egg roll with meal purchase

210

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JCPenney: Games & Prizes, $10 off $25 with coupon

220

Extreme Game Lounge: WiiU Super Smash Bro's - (3 minute games, play against 8 people to win!) Win and be entered to win Movie Tickets, game lounge gift cards, swag, & more!

300

Hilltop Movie Theatre: Jumanji, $5 cash at 10pm

310

Holiday Bazaar: Select student discounts

Coffee & Tea

320

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Buckle: Giveaway, drawings, 15% off Daytrip/Departwest Denim

340

Hallmark: $5 off of $15 purchase

360

Pro Nails: Free 10 min massage/shellac, Always $10 off shellac

370

Old Navy: Free Tote

K4

**Baer Photography: Free Pictures with Louie**

410

$$

Sports Village: Games & Prizes

420

Bath & Body Works: Great in store sales

430

$$

Maurices: Selfie Station, Prize Drawing, 20% off with coupon

440

CR Toys: games & prizes, 10% off

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Job Opp.

Outside Businesses: Discounts/Giveaways

Food

1

$$

Sayler Screen Printing: Giveaways: shirts, hats, koozies

2

Kearney Rental Pros: Gift Cards

3

Kearney YMCA: YMCA guest passes, membership prizes, bean bag game, interactive table

4

Rexius Nutrition: Samples & Giveaway

5

Tri-City Storm: Free ticket vouchers, swag, storm bean bag toss

6

Edith Joi

Slushies

7

UNK Loper Programming and Activities Council: Freebies!

8

Biotest Pharmaceuticals: Biotest koozies/sunglasses

9

Central Community College

10

$$

Jimmy Johns

Sandwiches

11

UNK Admissions

12

$$

UNK Campus Rec: Putt-Putt Golf

Here to point you in the right direction!FYP Map

The UNK First Year Program office develops and implements a coordinated program to foster the success of all first-year students through their transition to college. First Year Program works with many academic and student departments to offer opportunities for students to learn how to take responsibility for their own education, to develop a sense of belonging to the UNK community and develop Loper Pride.

Office Mission

The First Year Program engages and supports new students as they transition to UNK life through a network of resources, including social and academic programs.

Experiences that are offered through the First Year Program office include:

  • New Student Enrollment Days: Summer orientation for new students where they will register for classes and learn more about UNK with their families.

  • Transfer Days: Orientation days spread throughout the year to accommodate our transfer students.  These days are focused on registering for classes and getting the student, and their families acquainted with campus. 

  • Blue and Gold Welcome: Events and activities focused on the first year student during the beginning of the fall semester.  Events encourage new students to become familiar with and get involved in academics and student life within the UNK/Kearney Community. Signature events include: Freshman Convocation & Orientation, The Blue Gold Showcase, Chancellors Picnic, Mud Tug, and other exciting programs.

  • Jan Jam: Events and activities at the beginning of the spring semester to continue to engage our first year students, but to also welcome our new students.

  • FIRST Leaders: A student organization dedicated to building leadership development in first year students, while also focusing on service learning by partnering with the United Way of Kearney. FIRST Leaders for FUTURE Leaders!

  • FIRST Adventure: An opportunity to get to know fellow first year students prior to school starting.  These students will spend one day and one night on the UNK campus as well as one day and two nights on an ADVENTURE.  The camp is focused on getting to know UNK, getting to know fellow students, but also getting to know yourself! Applications can be found on our website, and must be submitted by the end of June.

  • End of semester celebrations & other First Year events: The office of First Year programs is dedicated to making students’ first year at UNK a fulfilling one.  We will provide targeted programming throughout the year to help keep our students educated, engaged, and entertained.