What to Expect at The NUBE Experience: FAQ

We want to make sure you understand the importance, logistics, and expectations of The NUBE Experience.  While we anticipate many of your questions will be answered on this site, feel free to contact the Engineering Student Services Offices in Lincoln at 402-472-3160 or in Omaha at 402-554-3562 should you have a question that is not answered. You can also email Jen Skidmore, Director of Student Development, with any questions at all.

We look forward to hosting you at the NUBE Experience!

What is the NUBE Experience, and why is it expected that I attend?

The Nebraska Undergraduates Becoming Engineers (or, NUBE) Experience is a fun and exciting series of events that exposes all first-year students to the College of Engineering and discipline of engineering prior to classes starting. Students who attend the NUBE Experience programs will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students in their department and college; interact with professional engineers in a relaxed environment, and learn more about who engineers are, what they do, and the impact they have on our world through the industry tours.

In recent years, the College of Engineering has noticed that students who attend the NUBE program retain to their second year at a higher rate when compared to those who do not. We believe this is because students who come to NUBE (1) gain more about how to approach their first-year coursework, (2) are already connected to their support network, instructors, and industry before classes start, and (3) meet other new students who have the same passions and interests. 

Aside from the time to attend the program, there is no cost to attend, and we believe it's worth your time!

What do past attendees say about NUBE?

At the end of The NUBE Experience, we survey the student attendees. In 2016, 93% of the new students who attended would recommend this program to an incoming engineering student. Here were some of their responses when asked for feedback:

  • "I had a great time and met a lot of new people!"
  • "I felt like it was a good way to get to know new students as well."
  • "Amazingness!"
  • "It was so so amazing and I am extremely glad I came. 10/10 -- would definitely recommend."
  • "It's a great time. A really great time. It helped me feel better about myself because I didn't know a single person at school... I feel a lot better now."
  • "It was great to finally be able to surround myself with students who think like I do."

We are confident that this program helps students like you stay on track to reach your goals right from the beginning.

I have questions about move-in. What are my options?

Lincoln Students:

NUBE is one of the special programs that is allowed to take advantage of Early Move-In at UNL, and allows you to override your even/odd floor assigned time! All students participating in NUBE should plan to move in on Wednesday, August 21, or earlier. There are no fees assessed for move-in on Wednesday, August 21 or later, since that is the first day of regular move-in. NUBE is one of the special programs that is allowed to take advantage of Early Move-In at UNL, which allows you to override your even/odd floor assigned time. Through NUBE, you have the option of moving in to your residence hall room early at your own expense. The nightly rate is $36 for each day you want move-in prior to Wednesday, August 21. From our experience, many students, parents, and guests prefer the early move-in option because it beats the crowds and long lines at the elevators during normal move-in.

You can move in as early as Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Important Steps for Move-In:

  1. ALL STUDENTS must complete the Move-In Time Sign-Up in the University Housing portal in MyRED, which opens July 10 at 8:00 AM. Remember, to participate in NUBE, we need you to select a move in time on August 21 or earlier, since NUBE starts the next morning. This will override your housing assignment's scheduled move-in.
  2. EARLY MOVE-IN ONLY: All students moving in before August 21 must also complete the Early Check-In Form, available on the University Housing portal in MyRED beginning July 10.  The rate is $36 for each day you want to move in prior to August 21. More information here. If you are moving in prior to August 21, you may also want to sign up for an interim meal plan through the University Housing portal, since your regular meal plan will not begin until August 21. The interim meal plan is $26.90 per day, or you may choose to buy food off campus in the interim.

Any questions relating to move-in should be directed to Jen Skidmore and not the UNL University Housing office. All early move-in fees will be applied to your UNL student account following move-in. 

Omaha Students: 

Move-In dates and times for UNO are listed here. If you wish to move in earlier than your allowed move-in date, you should contact the appropriate staff member below based on your residence hall contract BEFORE JULY 31. An additional fee per night may apply based on your hall and contract. Please note that early move-in is not a guarantee and must be approved by the following individuals: 

What if I have a conflict with another program happening on campus at the same time?

Lincoln Students:

We are aware of some programs that could potentially conflict with the NUBE Experience programs: Sorority recruitment, Marching Band, International Student Orientation, Raikes Orientation, Big Red Singers and ROTC. We support your participation in the required activities for these groups. Our advice is to attend these programs, as they are equally critical to your transition as a student. We can try to help you find ways to participate in NUBE as best you can if your event does not overlap completely. Contact Jen Skidmore to arrange when we can anticipate your arrival and absences.

After the Industry Tours on August 23, all Lincoln students will be transported directly to New Student Convocation in time for the 4:30 PM beginning. Students will then walk back to campus. If you require accommodations for this portion of the day, please contact Jen Skidmore at jenskidmore@unl.edu.

Omaha Students:

In Omaha, we are aware of the following programs conflicting: Sorority recruitment, Goodrich Scholars Information Day (just on August 22 - you can still come to NUBE on August 23), and Band. As of right now, the Thompson Learning Community events do not overlap, and students in TLC should be able to make both NUBE and TLC welcome breakfast events. Our advice is to attend these programs as they are equally important for your transition as a student. You are welcome to participate in NUBE as best you can when you're not at other activities. Contact Jen Skidmore  to arrange when we can anticipate your arrival and absences.

When is the deadline for registration? What if I missed the registration date?

The deadline for registration is August 1.

Registrations received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed permission to move-in early and/or visit tour sites relating to their major. However, late registrants can still participate in the On Campus Days. Please contact Jen Skidmore to arrange late registration.

Is there a cost to attend?

The NUBE Experience is free! We believe (and our former NUBE student participants overwhelmingly agree) that the value of this program far outweighs the cost. So, aside from your time, there is no cost to attend.

What's the dress code for the Industry Tours? What should I bring?

You will have a great opportunity to interact, connect, and network with engineering industry professionals on the Industry Tour Day, so it will be important that your dress is appropriate. Our advice is to dress comfortably and wear closed toe shoes and pants. Our faculty and industry partners understand that it will likely be hot outside and want to promote a relexed atmosphere as well. There is no need to dress in business casual. You will need to follow the following dress code to ensure your safety:

  • Please bring photo ID
    • U.S. Citizens must bring a state-issued ID (State ID or driver's license)
    • Non-U.S. Citizens must bring a passport
  • Closed-toe shoes required
  • Long pants or jeans (no shorts, skirts, or dresses. However, if your religion, culture, or other factor necessitates that you wear a skirt or dress, please contact Jen Skidmore, and we will find a tour that will work for you!).
  • No tank tops allowed (must at least have short sleeves).
  • Please keep an eye on the weather. Many tour sites will have an outdoor component. Plan to dress appropriately, including bringing a raincoat or umbrella as the forecast calls for.
  • Phones are permitted at most sites but need to be on silent and in a pocket or bag. Photography is not allowed on most of the tour sites.

Will meals be provided?

For the Industry Tour Day, lunch will be provided. We are not together for too long the other days, so we won't provide meals those days. You are welcome to bring any snacks you may need!

How will we travel during the Industry Tour Day?

For the Industry Tour Day, we will do our best to assign buses and tour routes that are closely aligned with your major listed on your NUBE Experience registration form and/or your learning community assignment. It is important to note that you may tour a company or site that is not aligned with your major. That's okay. It's important that you know and understand other fields of engineering so that you have a working knowledge of what engineers are, what they do, and the impact they have on the world. Here are some general guidelines: 

  • You will be assigned a bus. You will be required to stay on that bus throughout the day.
  • You will not be allowed to switch buses during the trip, as we will have attendance rosters to log students who enter/depart the buses. We don't want to leave anyone behind.
  • No student will be allowed to drive to/from any of the locations during the industry tours. 

Check the NUBE schedules for check-in times and locations.

Student Code of Conduct

Although we don't anticipate any issues, all students will be subject to the UNL and UNO Student Code of Conduct while participating in the NUBE Experience programs. Any violations of the student code of conduct will be reported to the university's judicial office and dealt with accordingly.