Incoming Students (Lincoln)
Information for Fall Semester
Welcome to the UNL College of Engineering! We are excited that you will be joining our community of engineers in 2020! This website is designed as a resource for all first-year undergraduate engineers to learn more about:
- The NUBE Experience and its importance to your success in the College of Engineering.
- The information handed out and presented to you by the College of Engineering during New Student Enrollment or Orientation.
- The people and resources available in the College of Engineering who will be helping you be successful at the college.
Dates for the NUBE (Nebraska Undergraduates Becoming Engineers) Experience are August 22 and 23. There is no cost to attend and all new first-year students are expected to attend all of the NUBE Experience events. Click on the link above or read below for more details.
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 than those who do not. We believe this is because students who experience the program's curriculum (1) have more context by which to approach their first-semester coursework, (2) are automatically networked into the college and industry in Nebraska, and (3) meet other new students who have the same passions. Aside from the time to attend the program, there is no cost to attend.
College of Engineering faculty, staff, and current students will meet with your guests for about 35 minutes and eat lunch with them as well.
In short, our best advice is to stay engaged and don’t worry if you feel as though you’ve missed or forgot something. That’s the reason for this website. As always, if you have any questions after NSE, please give us a call at 402-472-3160.
If you don't have access to MyPlan, are unsure who your academic advisor is, or have difficulty scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor, contact the Engineering Student Services office at (402) 472-3160.
- Registering for the correct courses and sections that will satisfy your degree requirements;
- Still taking a full course load in order to retain your scholarships and financial aid;
- Setting yourself up for success by not taking too many credit hours during your first term.
You will have an opportunity to expand your network at UNL and in the College of Engineering by attending Big Red Welcome events and “Rock the Block” - an annual event to welcome all engineering students for the fall term. You will have plenty of opportunity to get involved and expand your network throughout the semester and your first year, but it never hurts to make new friends on your residence hall floor and/or in class.
- University Admission: All applicants to UNL must meet specific requirements to be accepted. Requirements can be found at http://admissions.unl.edu
- College Admission: All applicants to the College of Engineering must meet specific requirements to be accepted. These requirements are located at http://engineering.unl.edu/undergraduate/admission-requirements/.
- Professional Admission to the engineering-specific degree program (i.e. Agricultural Engineering).
- You may choose either a laptop or desktop computer.
- There's not a single specification set regarding a personal computer for use in your UNL studies. Most incoming students now use a laptop for portability. Generally, most computers will be adequate since the majority of the work will likely be word processing, spreadsheets, email and web surfing. The more memory you can get, the better (4GB or more). If you get more than 3GB, you'll need to get a 64-bit Windows Operating System to take full advantage of it (most vendors will select this for you, and you can use a 64-bit OS with less than 4GB also).
- If you think you'll be doing any CAD work on your computer, it may be beneficial to make sure that you have a good video card installed, especially for a laptop; laptop video usually can't be easily upgraded later. Note, however, that CAD software can be expensive, and the college computer labs already have it.
- If you get a smaller screen size on the laptop for portability, it can be beneficial to get an external monitor for home use. But, be sure to check that the laptop supports it (almost all do).
- Smaller laptops sometimes don't have DVD drives. This can be an issue if you need to load software and have no other computer available.
- The computer you use should come with at least 802.11g wireless networking (WiFi), but 802.11n is newer, faster, and the campus is moving to that standard.
- A good warranty is a major advantage. You may want to consider next day service to lessen the amount of time you may have to be without your computer. It usually costs more, but can pay for itself with peace of mind versus lost productivity.
- In case something does happen, you should have an external hard drive for backup. Or, at least have some plan for backing up your data.
- TI-82: This is a general purpose graphing calculator used in many high schools. This calculator is satisfactory for all math classes. All advanced uses, especially in calculus, are possible for the TI-82. The TI-82 is a good general purpose choice, and is easy to use. The TI-82 may lack some special advanced features used in upper-level engineering and science courses.
- TI-83: This is an advanced general purpose calculator. It combines the ease of use of the TI-82 with some advanced features of the TI-85. It is especially well-suited for applications in advanced finance, actuarial mathematics, and statistics.
- TI-84: This newest model of the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator is now available. Instructors in the engineering-specific calculus sequence use this calculator. It is especially well suited to help you gain an academic edge from pre-algebra through calculus, as well as biology, chemistry and physics.
- TI-85: This is an advanced general purpose scientific calculator. Instructors in the engineering-based calculus sequence use this calculator. It is especially well-suited for applications in science and engineering.
- TI-86: This advanced general purpose scientific calculator extends the TI-85 with additional features and greater ease-of-use. Instructors in the engineering-based honors calculus sequence use this calculator. It is especially well-suited for application in science and engineering.
- TI-89 & TI-92: These are very advanced scientific calculator/computer. They are suitable for advanced applications in mathematics, science, and engineering. Many Professors do not allow these to be used on exams.