First Husker Program

First Husker Program

First Husker is designed to help first-generation college students start their successful academic careers at Nebraska.

The First Husker Program will host 200 first-generation freshmen in an orientation designed to give them a great start to their UNL experience. What’s a first-generation college student? Someone whose parents or guardians did not graduate from college with an AA or BA degree. If this is you, read on!

First Husker students will move into the residence halls five days early, meet with a variety of faculty and staff in interactive workshops, receive tips and advice on how to start their college experience, and enjoy social activities with First Husker peers.

The program is free! First Husker participants will receive an invitation to sign up. Spaces will be filled first-come, first-serve until 200 spaces are reserved.

Frequently Asked Questions

*Because the First Husker Program is an all-day commitment, students who plan to audition for the UNL marching band or participate in sorority recruitment, ROTC, or athletics are ineligible.

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions. Additional questions can be emailed to or contact the First-Year Experience front desk at 402-472-1880.

What will I gain from participating in First Husker?

First Husker students will move into the residence halls five days early, meet with a variety of faculty and staff in interactive workshops, receive tips and advice on how to be academically successful, and enjoy social activities with First Husker peers. Topics include: academic success in large classes, time management, financial literacy, leadership, vision boards, goal setting, campus resources, and networking with other first-year students.

What is the schedule for First Husker?

Each day will help you get to know what’s available on campus and learn what to do to succeed in classes. We will have a tight schedule, but we promise to have fun along the way!

Monday - Wednesday breakfast will start at 7:30 am. Sessions and workshops will be from 8:30 am to around 5 pm (with breaks in between sessions). Lunch and dinner will be provided each day. After dinner, there will be social activities that will end by 9 pm Sunday through Tuesday.

Students are expected to meet two times during the fall semester and once during the spring semester with an Academic Success Coach in First-Year Experience & Transition Programs. These meetings will provide on-going support through the first year of college.

Is there a cost to participate in First Husker?

No, there is no cost to participate. If you sign up for the program, you must participate in all First Husker activities from Sunday through Wednesday. Students who do not participate the entire program will be responsible for all early move-in fees and meals.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

It is important to communicate any dietary restrictions on the First Husker application. Additional information can be emailed to the office at Dining Halls are prepared to meet dietary restrictions.

What if I need accommodations within the schedule (prayer times, medical treatments, etc.)

Please contact First-Year Experience & Transition Programs at or 402-472-1880.

What time should I arrive? What will I need to bring to check in?

If you are living on campus: You can move into the residence halls on Sunday. You will need to have your NCard with you to check in. Please refer to the packing list for what else to bring! A welcome will be held for students and guests following move-in.

If you will be living off campus: Instructions will be sent to you with your arrival time. Local students are encouraged to bring guests.

What do I need to participate in First Husker?

We suggest bringing a notebook, writing utensil, and energy to learn. Everything else will be provided.

More Housing Questions

Where/when will I know my room assignment?

Housing will be in touch over the summer with your room assignment.

Will I be able to move into my own room?

Students living on campus will be moving into their assigned rooms for the academic year when they arrive for First Husker. No additional moving will be required. It is important to note, most first-year students will move in later in the week (Thursday or Friday). Students involved in marching band, sorority recruitment, and athletics all move in early. If your roommate(s) is participating in these activities or First Husker, your roommate(s) could be moving in early. Please communicate with your roommate(s) prior to arriving on campus.

What if my roommate is moving in early?

Once you receive your rooming assignments, contact your roommate(s) to discuss when each of you will be moving in and what each of you will bring. If your roommate(s) will be moving in during the First Husker Program, let him or her know you will be out of the room most of these days.

When will I meet my RA (Resident Assistant)?

If you are living on campus you will have at least one Resident Assistant (RA) for your floor. RAs will be in training throughout First Husker, but will be present on the floor during non-training times.

Will I have time to organize my room? Where is the nearest Target or Walmart for supplies?

The First Husker schedule is full. There will be time for you to organize and settle in on Sunday and at various times throughout First Husker. First Husker ends on Wednesday evening and classes start on Monday, leaving you plenty of time to settle in, continue to explore UNL, and spend time with your roommate and new friends.

  • Target: 333 N 48th St Lincoln, NE
  • Walmart: 4700 N 27th St or 3400 N 85th St
  • Walgreens: 1301 O St

The UNL Bookstore and NU Market, both located in the basement of the Union on City Campus, also provide places to shop for last minute items.

Where should my family and I stay if we need to come a day early or stay overnight?

Here are some hotels within walking distance of campus. There are many other hotels in Lincoln, but they are further away from campus. More information can be found at:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Lincoln: 801 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 475-9000
  • The Cornhusker, Marriott Hotel: 333 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 474-7474
  • The Embassy Suites: 1040 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 474-1111
  • Hyatt Place, Downtown Lincoln: 600 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 742-6007
  • Holiday Inn, Downtown Lincoln: 141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 475-4011
  • Town House Extended Stay: 1744 M St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 475-3000
  • Courtyard by Marriott: 808 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 904-4800
If I have my car, how do I get a parking pass? Will it cost extra to start it early?

Visit There are passes available for students living on campus as well as those living off campus.

Order your parking pass now so you have it before First Husker.

How does the bus work?

Visit As a UNL student you are eligible for a free bus pass. This is usually mailed to your home address but you could also arrange to pick it up in the Parking & Transit Services Office. When you take the bus you will need both your Bus Pass & NCard. Download the StarTran Bus Tracker app to track the bus you need.

Parking & Transit Services
625 Stadium Drive, Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68588-0161

Order your bus pass now so you have it before First Husker.

What exactly does my NCard do?

This is your university ID card. Services that can be accessed using the NCard are residence halls, meal plans, library check out, printing, Campus Rec, athletic tickets, campus events and the NCard campus accounts. If you set up an NCard account, charges are billed to your student account. You are informed monthly that you have a balance in your student account.


What happens if I am ill during First Husker?

Seek the appropriate medical attention. If living in the residence halls, contact the on-call Residence Director. Additionally, contact First-Year Experience & Transitions Program at 402-472-1880 or email the office at An Academic Success Coach or Peer Mentor will follow-up with you.

What if I sign up to participate and am unable to attend?

Please contact First-Year Experience & Transition Programs at 402-472-1880 or email the office at as soon as possible. You will be unable to move into the residence halls early. An Academic Success Coach will follow-up with you once you start classes.

Banks/checking accounts?

Union Bank & Trust is the on campus banking partner. They have an office located in the Nebraska Union on City Campus.