Preparing for Your First Semester at UNO
You've done it! You've enrolled! Now, it's time to tie up all the loose ends and prepare for the beginning of the semester.
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The Accessibility Services Center (ASC) collaborates with students, administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure access to reasonable and appropriate student disability accommodations for academic programs, student involvement, and residence life. Visit the ASC website to find out more about the accommodations process and how to get started.
Navigating paying for college can be overwhelming, but UNO has excellent resources to help you! Our office of Financial Support & Scholarships can answer your questions related to the FAFSA, scholarships & grants, loans and more. We also have the office of Cashiering and Student Accounts that can answer questions related to tuition & fees, refunds, student bills & accounts, payment plans, and past due balances. Here are answers to some common financial questions:
- Q: When will I receive my bill for classes?
- A: Your tuition and fees for the Fall 2021 term will become viewable on MavLink beginning July 12th, 2021.
- Q: Once I register for classes, am I on the hook for paying for them?
- A: You are only responsible for paying for any classes you are enrolled in after Monday, August 30th, 2021 – the first day of the 2nd week of classes.
- Q: Is there a way I can calculate how much my bill will cost before my tuition becomes viewable on July 12th?
- A: Tuition rates and fees will not be finalized for the 2020-2021 academic year until July 12th. You can view the tuition rates of the prior academic year here and student fees from the prior year here – however, these are subject to change and are not guaranteed to be indicative of the rates you will pay.
- Q: How do I pay my bill?
- A: You can find information on your options for paying your bill here.
- Q: I have other questions about paying for classes. Who can I contact?
- A: You can contact Cashiering & Student Accounts at 402-554-2324 or email@example.com for more information
Now it's time to get your MavCard (student ID)! Visit the MavCard Services website for instructions on how to upload a photo and get your card.
Before classes begin, it's important to think about how you will get to campus everyday. UNO has various parking garages and lots for personal vehicles, as well as a variety of sustainable options for commuting to, from, and between the UNO campuses. Visit the Parking Services website to begin planning for your transportation needs.
Textbooks for the Fall 2021 semester typically go on sale in the UNO Bookstore during the 1st week in August. You can find the textbooks required for your class through MavLink - How to Buy Textbooks
For a more comprehensive list, you can view the What's Next for Fall 2021 checklist to see what other items you may need to do before the beginning of the semester.
Meet our Academic Success Coordinator, Tory Robinson, and learn how to set yourself up for academic success in your first semester at UNO.
Your path to academic success will involve honing a variety of complex skills that directly contribute to your ability to learn and study effectively. Prior to your first semester at UNO, you will want to explore the four academic success skills - Time Management, Learning Style, Communication & Self-Advocacy, and Wellness - highlighted in the interactive document below and identify the areas that you may need to work on.
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More Academic Success Skills:
- Breaking Down Your Syllabus
- Reading Strategies
- Study Environment
UNO Academic Resources:
- Your Instructor - If you are struggling in a class or have questions about the material, be sure to talk to your instructor as soon as possible so they can help you!
- Language Lab - An English language support service where students can receive one-on-one help with grammar, vocabulary, reading, conversation, and other English language concerns.
- Math & Science Learning Center - Tuturoing services for a variety of math and science subjects.
- Speech Center - Personalized support to help you create, improve, practice, & enhance both your presentations and overall skill as a speaker.
- Writing Center - Tutoring services for any writing project.
According to US News & World Report (2011), there are 5 big reasons that students should get involved in their campus communities...
- 1. "It allows students to become connected to their school: Colleges are full of resources, but the responsibility is on the student to seek them out. Being involved helps them to do that."
- 2. "It helps them build community: Since they're leaving their family and sometimes their friends behind, getting involved helps them discover new friends with similar interests."
- 3. "It allows them to discover their passions and strengths: These will follow them all through life. It allows them to discover what they don't like, too."
- 4. "It's a résumé builder: Freshman year is not too soon to begin thinking about positioning yourself for future employment."
- 5. "Sometimes, busier kids do better in all areas: This will vary a lot by the student, of course, but more free time does not always equal better grades. Being involved will require some organization and time management on the part of the student—and that's a good thing."
Involvement is by far the greatest part of college-life, and there are tons of ways to get involved at UNO, whether through a student organization, doing student research, or taking a campus job. Please feel free to browse through the links below to see how you can get involved on campus.
- Student Organizations
- Greek Life
- Volunteering & Service
- Student Government
- Spirit & Tradition
- Maverick Productions
- Dance Marathon
- Competitive Sports
- Cultural Enrichment
- Mayfield, Julie. Mayfield, Lindsey. (2011, September 13). 5 Reasons for Getting Involved in College—And How to Go About It. US News & World Report. https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/twice-the-college-advice/2011/09/13/5-reasons-for-getting-involved-in-college-and-how-to-go-about-it.