First Six Weeks Success Checklist

Fall 2023

Before Classes Begin

  • Start adjusting your sleep schedule. 
  • Review your class schedule. Note the location and whether the classes are in-person or online. Contact your advisor if you have questions or concerns 
  • Purchase textbooks and supplies.
  • Locate your classrooms, get familiar with campus, and explore the city of Lincoln.
  • Check Canvas for announcements and information.
  • Check your email daily.
  • Make sure you get your parking pass from Parking Services before you arrive:
  • Download the Nebraska App for campus maps, your class schedules, events, notifications, news, and more.

Week One: August 20-26

  • GO TO CLASS - The first days are crucial for success.
  • Attend Big Red Welcome Street Festival on Sunday, August 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Use your planner, phone, or Outlook Calendar to input important dates for quizzes, papers, projects, and exams.
  • Review all of your syllabi and create a Syllabi Matrix:
  • Looking for a way to stay active and have fun? Check out the FREE Group Fitness classes:
  • Attend the Club Fair on City Campus, Wednesday, August 23 and on East Campus, Thursday, August 24
  • Review your bill on MyRED. Your bill will be available by August 25.

Week Two: August 27-September 2

  • GO TO CLASS - We recommend sitting towards the front of the classroom.
  • Schedule a coaching session with a CAST Academic Success Coach to learn new strategies to support your success:
  • Ready to meet some new people and get involved? Check out these events to help you start the Spring semester:
  • Monday, August 28 - Last day for full semester course registration and last day to drop a full semester course to receive 100% refund: Academic Year Calendar

Week Three: September 3-9

  • GO TO CLASS - Introduce yourself to instructors and visit office hours.
  • Monday, September 4 - Labor Day (Student and Staff Holiday - UNL offices closed)
  • Follow @UNLCAST on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for additional tips and strategies.
  • Check out a show at the Lied Center. Students can get free or discounted tickets to most shows.
  • Student Accounts bills due September 12. Do you know what you owe and how to pay? Visit:

Week Four: September 10-16

  • GO TO CLASS - Introduce yourself to your classmates. These new friends can be potential study partners.
  • Check out free tutoring through Study Stop. Appointments and drop-in tutoring available:
  • Attend supplemental study sessions and visit Resource Centers for additional support. 
  • How are you feeling? Your mental health is important. Take a mental health screening, and find other mental health resources:

Week Five: September 17-23

  • GO TO CLASS - Attending every class session helps you effectively prepare for upcoming projects, quizzes, and midterm exams. 
  • Attend the University Career and Internship Fairs on City Campus, Tuesday, September 19-Thursday, September 21, 12:00-4:00 pm 
  • Check out the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall. Get in free with your NUID. 
  • Attend an event hosted by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS).

Week Six: September 24-30

  • GO TO CLASS - Reflect on the first six weeks of the semester. What’s working? What needs improvement? 
  • Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to plan for the Spring 2024 semester:
  • Attend the University Career and Internship Fairs on East Campus, Thursday, September 28, 12:00-4:00 pm