In coming weeks, we'll welcome thousands of students into residence halls at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO).
The transition from high school to college, or living at home to living on campus, is a big adjustment. Read on below for helpful tips, strategies and information to make your transition as smooth as possible. They are provided courtesy of an article published by the UNO Alumni Association.
Information regarding this year's move in dates and times is at the bottom of this page.
UNO offers a range of services to students to ease the transition from high school to college and from living at home to living away from home. That includes advice during student orientation not just for incoming freshmen, but also for parents (such as communication strategies with their college student).
Also among UNO’s offerings is the First Year Experience Course (FYE), a 10-week intensive course that teaches college success strategies and covers reading and note taking at the college level, test anxiety, career assessments, public speaking and learning styles. Students from the FYE course often continue meeting after the class has ended and also take the required Public Speaking course together to ease anxiety.
Getting a grip on finances also is important.
Transitioning to living on campus? The Dodge Campus facilities provide a safe and comfortable living and learning environment for students. UNO promotes respect, empowering students to affect the community positively, advocating and adapting to the changing needs of students, and providing programs and experiences beyond the classroom. Residents of Maverick Village and University Village enjoy the convenience of a nearby parking structure and parking lot, should they choose to have a car on campus.
Newer facilities, like Scott Court on the Pacific Campus, are now structured more like homes. Students have separate bedroom suites but share a kitchen, living room and one or two bathrooms. Some of the on-campus residences also offer onsite gyms, laundry facilities and dining halls.
Advice for first-time university students
Students and parents should communicate academic expectations and financial expectations before the start of classes. Students should be especially wary of credit card offers and spending.
Discuss how much information parents will have access to. Applicable forms must be completed because the university is limited as to what student information it can provide.
Secure on-campus housing as early as possible. UNO typically has a waiting list for its 2,000-plus beds.
Become involved with organizations on campus. Studies show that retention rates are higher for students with campus involvement.
Utilize UNO’s learning centers for math, science, public speaking and writing. They can get students from struggles to success.
UNO’s Counseling Center can help. It’s staffed by licensed mental health practitioners and also has alcohol and drug counselors available. It offers a wide range of free and confidential services to freshmen through graduate students, covering topics from pre-existing mental health conditions to transitional issues. The center also offers vocational/career testing.
Attend classes. When attendance becomes optional in college, some students take that independence too far. No one will call home to say a class was missed — it’s the responsibility of students to be there and be on time.
Get to know your professors and academic adviser. It’s good to speak with professors one-on-one even if you don’t have a specific question.
Don’t forget to account for spending money. After tuition and meal plans, many students will need some dispensable income — plan accordingly.
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