New Student Field Guide

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1. Academic Calendar: Classes Begin Aug. 22

The Academic Calendar includes important dates such as semester beginnings and endings, class registration deadlines, course drop deadlines, student holidays/breaks and final exams.

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2. How do I connect my devices to the Internet?

It's as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Select eduroam from the list of available networks.
  2. Your device will now prompt you to log in to the network. Use the following credentials:
    • Username: Use your full campus email address
    • Password: Use your campus password (same as email, Canvas, etc.)
  3. If prompted, accept the eduroam certificate and authenticate your devices.
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3. What’s the easiest way to find my classes and get around campus?

All you need to know to get around campus can be found on the Campus Maps website. There you’ll find directions, real-time locations for your bus routes and information on where to park your car or bike. For details on our free bus passes for students, visit the Parking and Transit Services website.

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4. What’s going on the first few weeks of school?

The short answer is: a lot!  A variety of events and activities are held each week around campus. Be sure to check the Big Red Welcome website weekly to stay up to date and check for new additions to the schedule. Even after Big Red Welcome ends, there’s always something to do on campus. Student Involvement and the UNL Calendar of Events are two great places to start.

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5. Where can I find my grades, assignments and other things I need for class?

From syllabi to assignments and online quizzes, almost everything you’ll need for class can be found on Canvas. Most classes that you take will require you to have a textbook or other course materials. The easiest place to get textbooks and supplies is at the University Bookstore, located on the lower level of the Nebraska Union on City Campus. You can view the list of textbooks you’ll need for each class on the University Bookstore website or MyRed.

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6. What’s the difference between Canvas and MyRed?

The Canvas system gives you access to syllabi, assignments, documents, online quizzes and many other resources that you’ll need for class. MyRed is a portal that allows you access to many pieces of your student information including class registrations, financial aid and awards and your student bill. To login to these services, you can use your MyUNL username and password. To activate your MyUNL account, go to TrueYou and follow these instructions. You will be prompted to use Two-Factor Authentication (provided by Duo) when logging in. You can register online. If you’re having trouble logging in to any online services at UNL, contact the Huskertech Help Center.

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7. Where can I learn more about campus safety measures?

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to creating a culture of safety on our campuses for our community to live, learn, work, visit and enjoy. Personal safety resources and more are available on the Safety at UNL website. To find out more about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19, learn more on the COVID-19 website.

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8. Why do I need a student email address?

These email accounts are required for all students. Your email connects you to our campus-wide communication system, so you won't miss any important class or campus announcement. It will also give you access to download Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite at no cost. Be sure to activate your account as soon as possible at You will be prompted to use Two-Factor Authentication (provided by Duo) when logging in to your @Huskers email account. Duo registration can be found on TrueYou.

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9. What can I use my NCard for?

The NCard is Nebraska’s photo ID and campus card that you should carry with you at all times. You can use your NCard to buy or rent textbooks at the University Bookstore, access campus residence halls and dining centers, purchase food and other products from campus vendors and much more. Visit the NCard Office website for a detailed list of uses and more information on setting up your NCard Campus Account.

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10. What resources are available to me at the library?

The nine libraries spread across both City Campus and East Campus offer more than just books. Library services include study rooms, locker rentals, printing, copying and scanning, HuskerTech support, and research databases and assistance. The Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons, located in the north side lower level of Love Library has a Dunkin’ Donuts location. Visit their website for hours of operation.

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11. How do I find contact information for professors, advisers, staff and other people at Nebraska?

Your professors should provide their contact information at the start of the semester. Finding contact information for anyone at Nebraska is easy – just type the person’s name into the search box at the top of any page on the university website.

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12. What if I need to print something?

ITS PrintIT uses Wepanow technology as the campus-wide public printing solution with physical print locations in many public areas.

Wepa is connected throughout campus and operates through the cloud. Accounts you can print from include:

  • OneDrive
  • Box
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • or, by using a flash drive
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