See common questions by Arts & Science students and basic responses along with links to related forms you might need. Keep in mind, this page is no substitute for connecting with your advisor regularly. Not sure who your advisor is? You can identify your assigned advisor in MyRED. The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is available for general advising needs, too.
Courses, Schedules, Grading
How do I add or drop a Course?
You can drop a course or add a course (if not full) using MyRED without any penalty in the first 6 days of the fall or spring semester (different timelines apply to summer courses).
To drop a class after the sixth day, you may still use MyRED but keep in mind there can be negative implications including reduction of refund and impact on scholarships or financial aid and full-time status. Use the academic calendar to see important deadlines related to dropping a class.
To add a class after the sixth day, you need instructor permission on a Schedule Adjustment Form which can be obtained in the Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall. You also need College approval so you should consult with a College Advisor to ensure that making a schedule change is in your best interest.
How many credits can I take per semester?
You are limited to 20 credit hours in fall or spring semesters (different limits apply for the summer sessions). To request to exceed the limit, fill out an Internal Credit Hour Override Request form then meet with your Major Advisor to discuss your reasons as well as strategies for success. After your Major Advisor has made a recommendation, bring the form to the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather for a College Advisor to review.
Can I change the way my course is graded (Pass/Non-Pass vs. Letter Grade?)
By the published deadline: You may change the grading option for a course by the deadline published in the Academic Calendar through MyRED. Not all courses offer a choice of grading option. Keep in mind that to earn a P for a course you must earn enough points for a C if graded. Most major and minor courses have to be taken for a letter grade. You should check with your Major or Minor Advisor first to discuss Pass/Non-Pass restrictions.
After the published deadline: If you missed the deadline to change your grade option or realized after the deadline that you needed a different grade option for another reason, you can submit a Grade Option Appeal to the College of Arts and Sciences. Meet with a College Advisor in 107 Oldfather for more information on the grounds for this appeal as well as the documentation needed which may include a letter from your instructor. A committee meets monthly to review these appeals.
Is it possible to withdraw from a course or a whole semester after the deadline to drop?
To drop a class(es) after the final deadline of the existing semester or retroactively from a past semester, you can petition for a Late Withdrawal. Meet with a College Advisor in 107 Oldfather for guidance on completing your petition which includes a narrative describing your extenuating circumstances and documentation supporting those circumstances. If your petition includes just one or a few courses in a semester, explain why all your courses were not similarly affected. A committee meets monthly to review these petitions. If your petition is approved, the course grades are changed permanently to “W” and have no negative impact on your overall grade point average.
Will changing my course schedule/plan affect my financial aid/scholarships?
Changes to your courses, total semester credit hours and grade options can affect your ability to receive federal financial aid or to continue to be eligible for a scholarship. Before making any changes, always check with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) in 17 Canfield Administration or your scholarship sponsors (Honors Program, William H. Thompson, etc.)
Major, Minor or Degree Planning
How do I change my major/minor?
Fill out a CDMA (College Degree Major Advisor) form in the Advising Center, 107 Oldfather for changes to your degree, majors, minors or catalog/bulletin year. Meet with a College Advisor when you make changes to review your plan and the new requirements associated with it. If you are changing from the College of Arts and Sciences to another college, you should start in the Advising Center, then take the CDMA to your new College office to finalize the change. If you are changing into the College of Arts and Sciences, start in your previous College then bring your CDMA to the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather.
What is my catalog/bulletin year, and can I change it?
Your catalog/bulletin year is the academic year in which you were first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. You must fulfill all degree requirements stated in the catalog/bulletin for that particular academic year. In consultation with Major and College Advisors, you may decide to change your catalog/bulletin year and follow the requirements for any academic year in which you are enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. Students sometimes choose to do this to take advantage of curriculum changes to majors and minors that may better fit their interests and plans. Catalogs/Bulletins expire in 10 years.
How do I run a Degree Audit?
To view and run your degree audit, sign in to MyRED and click on the Degree Audit button on either the Home page or on the Academics tab under Important Links.
I need to submit a degree plan. What do I do?
Various programs and departments (i.e. military; financial aid) may require you to outline a semester-by-semester plan toward graduation. To begin the process, meet with a College Advisor in 107 Oldfather Hall.
For military forms, the college will require that you meet with your major(s) and minor(s) advisor(s) to discuss course requirements and sequencing within those areas as well.
Retroactive Credit in Math and Language
I am starting at a higher level than typical in Math or a Language. Can I earn credit for the classes I am skipping over?
Maybe, both the Math and Modern Language departments have a way to award credit to students who are beginning their college level coursework in those disciplines at a higher level that is typical. The policies are as follows: Department of Mathematics Requirements and Policy Students who take their first college math class at UNL at the 107 level or higher and who earn a grade of C, P or better in their first attempt will be eligible for retroactive credit for one or two prior courses, if the student doesn’t already have an equivalent AP exam score or previous college credit. Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Requirements and Policy Students who take their first college modern language course (Spanish, French, German, Russian, etc.) at UNL at the 202 level or higher and who earn a grade of C, P or better in their first attempt will be eligible for retroactive credit for one or two prior courses, if the student doesn’t already have an equivalent AP exam score or previous college credit.
How do I apply for this credit?
To apply for retroactive credit in math or modern language, students may obtain and submit a request form through the College of Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall. The form can be submitted in advance of earning a qualifying grade in the first course, or after a grade has been earned. Upon completion and grade report from the first math or modern language course, eligibility will be verified. The Advising Center will inform the student of the final decision on the request via e-mail and the retroactive credit will be awarded and recorded as “Other Credit” on the unofficial transcript. There is no cost for the credit hours which are applicable to your UNL degree requirements, but are not graded. If the student transfers to another institution, retroactive credit may or may not be accepted according to the policy of the transfer institution.:
Education Abroad Credit
When is the best time for Education Abroad, and how do I learn more?
With so many options available to meet your interests for the curriculum, destination, duration and funding, education abroad is for everyone. However, the process of getting credit evaluated from an Education Abroad experience can be lengthy (up to 6 months.) To ensure the graduation timeline you want, do not plan to study abroad in your final 2 semesters. To get started, attend a “GO” session offered by Education Abroad. There are even early scholarship opportunities for first and second year students, so it is never too early to make your plan. Always get the courses you plan to take reviewed ahead of time and pre-approved.
I plan to do Eduation Abroad. How can I get my courses pre-approved?
The Pre-Departure Education Abroad from is used to preliminarily approve how classes taken during an education abroad experience will likely be transferred back as UNL credit. There are 3 steps:
- Gather syllabi or course descriptions for each course that you might take abroad as well as a pre-departure form for each subject area you are planning to study.
- Bring these forms and course materials to the evaluator of the appropriate department (ex. See the History department evaluator if you plan on taking History courses abroad.) The department evaluator will review your materials and sign the form after evaluating the course. They will indicate on the form whether you must see them again for a final evaluation when you return and what materials they expect you to bring to that meeting.
- Bring the form and all the materials (syllabi, description) to the Advising Center, 107 Oldfather. An advisor will submit the forms to Education Abroad and be in contact with you via e-mail confirming the pre-departure approvals.
I have returned from an Education Abroad experience. What happens now?
If you have had your transcript sent directly to the Education Abroad office, the staff there will notify you once it has been received. Depending on whether your credit was transcripted at an international or domestic institution, you will receive final evaluation forms to take with you to evaluators for each of the departments in which you may have earned credit. Bring any materials they have asked for during the pre-approval process and anything else you believe may help them identify the UNL equivalent course. Once your credit has been reviewed and approved, the evaluator will bring the signed form to their home college office for final approval and processing. This may take up to 2 weeks to be reflected on your degree audit.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
I am an International Student with credit needing evaluation. What do I do?
Use the International Transfer Credit (IVAL) form and visit an evaluator in each of the UNL departments for which you believe you may have related credit (ex. see the History department evaluator if you took past courses in History.) You may want to email the evaluators in advance to ask what kinds of materials (syllabi, textbooks, assignments) to bring with you to your meeting. Once your credit has been reviewed and approved, the evaluator will bring the signed form to their home college office for final approval and processing. This may take up to 2 weeks to be reflected on your degree audit.
Transfer credit from a U.S. institution:
As a transfer student, your credit from previous accredited 2 or 4 year institutions is reviewed by your home college when you apply. College Advisors grant ACE, College Distribution, Upper Level and Elective credit to the fullest extent possible. This may not always lead to a direct equivalency and especially in your majors and minors, you may need to seek a substitution of your transfer courses into the requirements of your major or minor (see more about this in the next section labeled Substitutions and Waivers.) If you have additional credit from non-accredited or military institutions which is not being applied to your degree, you can seek additional evaluation by using the U.S. Transfer Credit form and contacting departmental evaluators in each of the areas you believe your credit matches.
Substitutions and Waivers
I have transfer credit that I think should apply to a specific requirement in my degree. What can I do?
In order for a transfer course (or alternative UNL course) to be applied to a specific ACE, CDR, major, minor or upper level requirement, meet with an advisor to discuss the class. Bringing course assignments and/or a syllabus with you to the meeting helps advisors to determine if the course is an appropriate substitution. If so, the advisor will complete and process a form that will allow the course to be reflected appropriately in your degree audit. If you are seeking a substitution for a major or minor requirement, you should speak to your major or minor advisor. If you are seeking a substitution for an ACE or CDR course (general education), you should speak to a College Advisor in 107 Oldfather Hall.
What can I do to be excused from a specific degree requirement?
Occasionally there is good reason to waive a degree requirement. With thoroughly documented rationale, a waiver can be granted in order to excuse you from a requirement at the discretion of an advisor. This, however, does not grant any course credit; you are simply absolved from needing to meet the waived requirement. Depending on the specific requirement, talk with your Major or Minor Advisor or a College Advisor in 107 Oldfather.
Academic Probation and Dismissal
Why am I on probation?
You are placed on probation when your semester or cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0. This is determined after the end of an academic semester (fall, spring, or summer) when grades have been entered into your record. To return to good standing, you need to achieve both a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. If you do not, you will progress to the next level of probation or be dismissed. They typical progression is Probation 1, Probation 2, then Dismissed. However in certain cases, it is possible to progress from Probation 1 directly to Dismissed. If placed on probation, you will be notified by the University and given specific instructions for next steps.
I am on probation. What do I do?
If you are placed on Academic Probation there will be a hold placed on your record that prevents you from scheduling courses in future semesters until you have met the conditions of the Academic Recovery Program which consists of 3 steps.
- Step 1: Attend a Probation Intake Session presented by the First-Year Experience and Transition Programs office.
- Step 2: Meet individually with an approved coach to create an Academic Recovery Plan.
- Step 3: Complete all components of your recovery plan and request you coach lift the registration hold.
Each semester, a schedule of Probation Intake Sessions, a list of approved coaches and an outline of the Academic Recovery Program is posted.
Who are the Academic Recovery Coaches for Arts and Sciences students?
You have a choice of coaches. Make contact early in the semester and strive not only to create but to complete your plan in plenty of time to make use of priority registration. Make an appointment using MyPLAN.
- Your Assigned Advisor (Check MyRED)
- CAS Advising Center Advisors
Why did I get dismissed, and what do I do?
After being placed on Academic Probation, if you failed to return to good standing within 1 or 2 semesters, you are dismissed from UNL and your schedule for next semester is canceled. Meet with a College Advisor in 107 Oldfather to discuss your options and identify your next steps. You have two options:
- Sit out two full semesters before applying for readmission to UNL. Many students choose to enroll at another institution to continue progress toward their degree and prove their ability to be successful.
- Appeal for immediate reinstatement based on extenuating circumstances. An advisor will assist you in making a plan if reinstated and guide you through the appeal process.
- Substitution - ACE/CDR
- Substitution - Major/Minor
- Request to Exceed Credit Hour Limit
- Retroactive Credit - MATH/MODL
- Education Abroad Pre-Departure
- Int'l Transfer Credit Evaluation
- U.S. Transfer Credit Evaluation
The MyPLAN tab in Blackboard connects you with your instructors and advisors. Use MyPLAN to schedule appointments on-line.
The Undergraduate Catalog contains academic information and curricular requirements for a specific year. Know what year’s catalog you are following for the most accurate understanding of your degree requirements.
MyRED is UNL's student information system portal. Use MyRed to manage your course schedule and grading options, monitor your accounts and view your unofficial transcript.
Use your Degree Audit (inside MyRED) to assess your progress toward your degree including ACE, CDR and major/minor requirements.