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I've been admitted - now what?

Congratulations! You are a UNO online student! You will receive written confirmation from Admissions of your acceptance to UNO. Please read and save this important paperwork. You can also track the status of your application by logging onto your Mavlink account. Mavlink is UNO's web-based student enrollment services system, with access to class registration, grades, student accounts, Financial Aid and much more. Mavlink is one of your most important resources as a UNO student. Log on and explore each link to see what Mavlink can do for you.

Advising and Class Schedule

Schedule an Appointment

If you haven't already, now is the time to schedule an advising appointment. Your adviser can give you the guidance you need to help you choose your classes and stay on track to finish your degree. Telephone appointments are available for students who are unable to make it to campus.

Before your advising appointment, take at look at our class schedule to see what online classes may interest you. To see only online classes, choose the Term and Year from the dropdown menu and click Go. On the next page, leave all dropdown menus at default except for in the Location menu choose "Internet". Click Go and a list of our online class offerings for that particular semester will be displayed.

Enroll in classes with Mavlink

Once you have chosen your classes, use Mavlink to register. Not sure when your registration date is? Log onto Mavlink, choose the appropriate semester, and click on "Holds & Registration Times" to see your earliest registration date. When your registration date comes, don't wait to enroll - online classes fill up quickly! Use the Drop/Add/Withdraw link in Mavlink to enroll in classes. When you are finished, you can use the Student Schedule link in Mavlink to confirm that you have correctly enrolled in classes.

Order your textbooks

Once you have registered for classes, let the UNO bookstore make ordering books easy. Just enter your course information and the required texts will be displayed. Many courses have new and used textbook options. Order a few weeks in advance of your class start date so you are ready when the semester begins.

Visit the Library

Specifically, visit the Criss Library Distance Education Resources page. There you can view all of the resources, services, and digital collections that are available to distance students.

Access your online class with Blackboard

Online courses are delivered via a system called Blackboard. Most instructors upload their online courses to Blackboard by the first day of class each semester. Log onto Blackboard and click on the Courses tab to see each of your classes. Need help? Click on the Help tab in Blackboard for assistance.

If you have not used Blackboard before, check out the Blackboard Tutorial.

You can also access your university email in gmav and store files in myFolder. The gmav and myFolder icons are at the top right side of the screen in Blackboard. Be sure to check your university email regularly since it is the primary method that UNO, the Division of Continuing Studies, and your instructor use to communicate with you.

Log into gmav (student email)

Go to, then enter your UNO Net ID and password provided by the Registrar's office when you were admitted to UNO. Become familiar with opening and sending messages.

Study Tips

Set your Study Schedule
As you don't have to physically attend class, it is tempting to put off assignments, projects, and papers until later. Manage your time and don't procrastinate. Establish a routine for completing course work on a weekly basis, and select a study location without distractions and interruptions.

Use e-mail, discussion boards, live chat, telephone, fax and mail; but do contribute your ideas and perspectives. The more you participate, the less isolated you will feel.

Ask Questions
Get over your reluctance to ask questions. But ask specific questions instead of general ones. Remember in a virtual classroom no one can give you a dirty look for what they think is a dumb question. In the end your question may help your classmates, as well.

Be Respectful
Keep comments and discussions positive, and think before you press the "send" button. Don't respond in a moment of anger or frustration. Take time to think your ideas through and compose a thoughtful response. UNO's Student Code of Conduct applies to online course, too.

Get Help Now
Don't put it off! If you are struggling with a course, talk with or e-mail your professor for help. Your professor can provide suggestions or recommendations for successfully completing the course. You can also seek help from your advisor (see above).

Student Support Resources & Services

Your one-stop location for services and resources offered by UNO for online students.

Academic Calendar
Admissions - Undergraduate
Class Schedule
Disability Service
Financial Aid
Math-Science Learning Center (402-554-3534)
Records & Registration
Technical Help (Helpdesk)
Writing Center

FAQs for Current Online Students

Q: The semester is about to begin and I don't see my classes on Blackboard. What should I do?
A: Most instructors upload their online courses to Blackboard by the first day of class each semester, so don't worry if you don't see them before classes begin. When the semester starts, log onto myUNO/myBlackboard and click on the Courses tab to see each of your classes. Need technical help? Click on the Help tab in Blackboard for assistance.

Q: I have never used Blackboard. How do I get started?
A: If you have not used Blackboard before or need a refresher, check out the Blackboard Tutorial.

Q: How do I register for a UNK online class?
A: First, fill out an Intercampus Enrollment form. After the form has been processed, you can go to UNK's student enrollment services system, MyBlue, to register for classes. As an Intercampus student, you may register for classes once open registration has begun.

Q: Don't see your question?
A: Contact us at or call at 402-554-4833 or toll free at 877-894-8187.