FIRST Tip

First year program presents the first six weeks checklist

Opening Weekend: AUGUST 21-23

  • (8/21) Move into your Residence Hall Room
  • (8/22-24) Attend the required Blue Gold Welcome events. Find them at www.unk.edu/welcome.
  • (8/22) Find your classes during Campus Class Roam
  • Check Canvas for any early instructions from your instructors (login with your email credentials)
  • (8/22 & 23) Visit campus offices like Financial Aid and get to know your UNK resources from 3-5pm.
  • Purchase your textbooks from the Antelope Book Store in the Union

WEEK 1: AUGUST 24-August 30

  • (8/24) GO TO CLASS FOR YOUR FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER
  • Visit Academic Advising and Career Development to adjust your schedule if needed. This is the only week you can do this without written permission and for free.
  • Organize! Once you attend all of your classes look over your syllabi and figure out when papers, tests, and projects are due. Be sure to put them in your planner, so you don’t miss important deadlines.
  • (8/27) Attend Destination Downtown and get to know the Kearney Community!

WEEK 2: August 31-September 6

  • (9/7) Labor day: No Class!
  • Watch your Lopermail for your E-Bill notification. This is the only notification you will get about your bill.
  • You did it—you made it through your first week! Stop into the First Year Program and let us know how it went.
  • Login to MyBlue to find your academic advisor. Reach out to them and introduce yourself.
  • (9/2) Find a club or organization and go to the Student Organization Fair!

WEEK 3: SEPTEMBER 7-13

  • Head to the second floor of Library (The Learning Commons) for tutoring, study sessions, so you can get ahead and stay ahead.
  • You currently have a hold on your MyBlue account, and in order to remove it, you must speak with an advisor in Academic and Career Services (MSAB 150). You will not be able to register for your next semester courses until this hold has been lifted.
  • Feeling homesick? We totally get it, which is why we have resources to help! Stop into the UNK Counseling Center (MSAB 144, or call 308-865-8248) to set up an appointment and talk to someone.

WEEK 4: SEPTEMBER 14-20

  • Treat yourself to a night away from academics. Go out to dinner with friends, attend an athletic event on campus, or just watch Netflix with some friends for an evening.
  • Struggling with a class? If you haven’t attended your professor’s office hours, now is the time to go see him/her for a little extra help. You can find your professors’ office hours and locations located on your class syllabus.

WEEK 5: SEPTEMBER 21-27

  • Don’t forget to pay your tuition and fees (9/24). Late fees will be added to your bill if you do not pay it on time. This is also the last time to enroll in the Loper Payment Plan.
  • Begin to plan out the rest of the semester, look back and see where you made mistakes at the beginning of the year and make changes to help you succeed in the second half.
  • Your academic advising appointment will be coming up soon. If you haven’t reached out to your advisor yet, now is the time.
  • If you are unsure who your advisor is, come see us in First Year Programs and we will help point you in the right direction.