Academic Learning Communities
The adjustment to college life can be easier if you have resources available to you to help make the transition. Academic Learning Communities (ALCs) provide a built-in support network that can assist you in being academically successful. The ALCs can also connect you to a group of people who share similar interests. ALCs also involve specially trained professors who committed to incorporating 21st century teaching strategies that are designed to maximize your learning.
Goodrich Scholarship Program
Jim and Shirley Young Scholars Program
Thompson Learning Community
Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community
TRIO Project Achieve
University Honors Program
UNO Air Force ROTC
UNO Army ROTC
Scott Scholar Living Learning Community
Engineering the Leader in You Living Learning Community
Teacher Scholars Academy
The Goodrich Scholarship Program began in 1972 through Senator Glenn Goodrich’s enabling budget amendment. The program offers a merit-and-need-based scholarship to students who will attend only the University of Nebraska Omaha.
The Goodrich Scholarship Program now boasts over 1,900 alumni who, for over 40 years, have continued to connect and contribute to their communities as lawyers, educators, doctors, social workers, engineers, artists, business professionals, elected officials, directors of non-profit organizations, technologists, writers, and law enforcement officers, among many others.
The Jim and Shirley Young Scholars Program began at UNO in 2011. Students in the Young Scholars Program participate in a variety of activities such as weekly study sessions, various social and academic events, and service projects throughout the school year. Young Scholars have a support system at UNO that includes an Academic Mentor with whom they meet periodically throughout the year. Additionally, the program provides financial aid to selected students.
Students receiving a college scholarship from the Susan T. Buffett Foundation and attending UNO, are William H. Thompson Scholars. William H. Thompson was the father of Susan T. Buffett and served as Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Omaha University, which became UNO.
The Susan T. Buffet Foundation and the University of Nebraska are collaborating to provide Thompson Scholars a unique educational experience aimed at enhancing their academic success. TLC aims to make your transition to college and your entry into a major field of study as smooth and educationally rewarding as it can be. TLC will promote your academic success through common courses, academic workshops, and connections with faculty. Additionally, your transition will be supported through your relationship with other scholars, an upper-class UNO Mentor, social programming and other opportunities for you to connect with UNO.
The Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community ELLC) is open to incoming freshmen of any major who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.
ELLC Cohort students are guaranteed housing in UNO’s Scott Village and receive a $2,500 scholarship over two years. ELLC cohort members have many opportunities to be involved in Nebraska’s entrepreneurship community including being a member of UNO’s national award winning, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, connecting with successful entrepreneurs, and taking trips to entrepreneurial hotspots such as Silicon Valley.
Project Achieve is open to University of Nebraska Omaha undergraduates who qualify as first-generation, limited income, and/or disabled college students. The program consists of academic skills development as well as financial aid, academic, career, and personal counseling. Activities and services emphasize development of skills necessary for becoming more efficient and independent learners.
Project Achieve uses a flexible and personalized approach. Each student is encouraged to participate in activities which meet his or her own learning needs. Students and staff work together in assessing students' skills in relation to education and career goals. Personal interviews, review of academic records, checklists and diagnostic tests may be used in this process.
The mission of the University of Nebraska Omaha Honors Program is to provide an enhanced and supportive learning environment responsive to the educational needs of highly able and/or exceptionally motivated undergraduate students.
This goal will be accomplished through participation of faculty noted for excellence in teaching by providing small honor sections of regular courses, interdisciplinary Honors colloquia, special seminars, and increased opportunity for undergraduate research/creative activity. Whether you are a high school student, a transfer student, or currently a student at UNO, you are invited to consider participating in the Honors Program.
Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) is a college program offered at colleges and universities across the U.S. that prepares you to become an Air Force officer and helps you understand the career options available in the United States Air Force. ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps and helps develop leaders for the future.
AFROTC programs across the nation provide excellent opportunities to get involved in the United States Air Force and build a career out of it. Detachment 470 not only provides the skills to become an excellent leader, but it goes beyond and helps build loyal wingman. The Wolfpack allows cadets to truly understand the benefits and hardships of being an officer in the Air Force, while not overwhelming them and allowing them to still have an average "college" life. The Wolfpack is actively involved in the Omaha community, regularly meets together to create a sense of unity among cadets, and has a friendly rivalry between the Army ROTC Detachment at Creighton.
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. ROTC helps develop leaders for the future and builds a team unlike any other organization. The Army ROTC prepares you to become an Army officer and helps you understand the career options available in the United States Army, while providing the opportunity to various educational benefits to include four-year scholarships.
The ‘Black Wolves’ Battalion annually recruits, develops, and commissions confident and competent leaders of character that are ready to train and lead Soldiers in the 21st Century US Army. The program offers unique opportunities to train with other countries as well as attend various military schools. Each year Cadets from the Battalion attend various Cadet Advanced Individual Training opportunities. Training ranges from Cadet Summer Training, internships, to even attending the prestigious Army Airborne School, Air Assaults School, or the Combat Diver School. Additionally, Cadets in the program participate in Color Guard, Nurses Training, and even conduct leadership training with active duty units across the globe. The ‘Black Wolves’ Battalion is actively engaged with the Omaha Community and is based out of Creighton University. Additionally, we regularly train with and compete against Detachment 470 Air Force ROTC based at UNO.
The Scott Scholar Living Learning Community (SSLLC) is comprised of students receiving the Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship. This scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship extended by the University of Nebraska’s, Peter Kiewit Institute. Scholars are chosen from the best and brightest students who are committed to life-long learning and prepared to contribute to society and the future of technology. Students learn in new ways, not only from dedicated faculty in the two colleges, UNL’s College of Engineering and UNO’s College of Information Science & Technology, but from business leaders dealing with practical challenges.
To support student growth, the SSLLC features a four-year leadership development program to develop students into leaders of character with the leadership, communication and teamwork skills needed for successful careers in business and government.
The mission of the program is to develop leaders of character equipped with the leadership, communication and teamwork skills needed for successful careers in business, industry and government.
All new first-year students pursing a degree in the UNL College of Engineering are encouraged to apply for the ENGR LLC. Focused on leadership and career development, new first-year engineering students selected for this community will live together in Scott Village, share similar engineering interests, take common courses each semester, and participate in programs designed to enhance their professional skills. Common fall courses typically include Calculus I (MATH 1950), Chemistry (CHEM 1180), and ENGR 100 (freshman seminar). Common spring courses typically include Calculus II (MATH 1960), Physics (PHYS 2110), and ENGR 200 (career development seminar).
All interested new first-year engineering students are encouraged to select this community via the UNO Housing Application. The College of Engineering will notify all students selected for the community no later than May 1. The maximum capacity for the community is 24 students.
Within a close-knit community of ambitious and high-achieving students, Scholars challenge themselves while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Throughout the four years in the program, Scholars are mentored by professionals in the Omaha community, enroll in special business courses taught by award-winning faculty, and gain real-world experience through community engagement and international travel.
Teacher Scholars Academy is a select group of high-achieving teacher candidates who embody leadership qualities and commitment to their communities. As a Teacher Scholar, students will work closely with other high-performing Scholars by engaging in seminars, courses, and special projects specially designed for each cohort. Scholars will graduate with a strong network of professional peers.