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Nebraska Honors offers students many opportunities to enhance their college experience, within and outside of the classroom. The information on these pages are designed to help students make the most of these opportunities.


  • July 6
    Last day to apply for Summer Honors Experiences
  • July 16
    Honors Thesis & Thesis Completion Form for August Graduation
  • 3-week session (May 14 - June 1)
    • May 14 - May 18: Contracts may be submitted
    • May 30: Contracts posted on or before this date; cancellation requests may begin
    • June 1: All work due; last day to cancel contract.
  • 8-week session (May 14 - July 6)
    • May 14-May 18: Contracts may be submitted
    • May 30: Contracts posted on or before this date; cancellation requests may begin
    • July 6: All work due; last day to cancel contract.
  • 1st 5-week session (June 4 - July 6)
    • June 4-June 8: Contracts may be submitted
    • June 19: Contracts posted on or before this date; cancellation requests may begin
    • July 6: All work due; last day to cancel contract.
  • 2nd 5-week session (July 9 - Aug 9)
    • July 9-July 13: Contracts may be submitted
    • July 24: Contracts posted on or before this date; cancellation requests may begin
    • Aug 9: All work due; last day to cancel contract.

Apply for the HPSAB Scholarship
(due Oct. 16)


To remain in good standing in the University Honors Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain enrollment at UNL as a full-time student (take and pass at least 12 credit hours, 9 of which are graded, each fall and spring semester)
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Complete a minimum of 24 Honors credit hours, with a grade of B (not B-) or better, and additional annual requirements, including Undergraduate Thesis/Creative Project, in the following distribution:
Year in CollegeHonors Hours Required by YearTotal Minimum Honors Hours & Required Seminars by the End of YearAdditional Annual Requirements
First Year 6 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional 6 Honors hours, including one 189H course Successful completion of UHON 98H Peer Mentor Program.
Second Year 6 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional 15 Honors hours
Third Year 3 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional 18 Honors hours, may include 395H course Thesis/Creative Project Prospectus online form due no later than 6th semester.*
Thesis/Creative Prospectus
Fourth Year 3 Honors hours required + 3 Honors hours optional 24 Honors hours, including one 395H course. May include 399H/499H. Research-based Thesis/Creative Project due semester of graduation.
* The Thesis/Creative Project Prospectus form is due during the 6th semester, even if a student will graduate in more than 4 years.
Note: Hours earned in the summer always count FORWARD and are included in the next year’s totals.

Printable version of Honors Requirements

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Honors Advising

Academic Advising

Dr. Ann Koopman advises an honors student
Dr. Ann Koopmann advising a current Honors student

Careful and considered advising is central to the Honors Program at Nebraska. Every student is assigned an academic advisor in their college or major upon matriculation. Honors students also have access to the Honors advising and all Honors administrators for help with Honors requirements. Honors advising also helps with comprehensive academic planning which is planning not only for classes and degree requirements, but also for co-curricular experiences that will enhance an undergraduate experience, such as research or education abroad.

Learn more about Honors Academic Advising

Fellowship Advising

The Fellowships office is located within the main Honors Office in 118 Neihardt. Fellowship advising is available to high-ability students who will be competitive for many nationally prestigious awards. Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of National and International Fellowships (and Associate Director of the Honors Program) coaches students on applications for awards such as:

  • Fulbright scholarships to conduct research abroad or teach English abroad after graduation
  • Marshall scholarships to study at any university in the UK after graduation
  • Truman scholarships for graduate or professional school for students involved in public service
  • Goldwater scholarships for students in the STEM fields who have research experience and a desire to pursue a Ph.D.

If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please set up a time to meet with her. In some cases, she works with students for several years to help them become ready for these scholarship competitions. To make an appointment, please call (402) 472-5024 or email

Learn more about Fellowship Advising

Dr. Laura Damuth advises an honors student
Dr. Laura Damuth working with a student on a fellowship application

Earning Honors Credit

Every Honors student is required to complete 24 hours of Honors credit by time of graduation. There are four primary ways to earn Honors Credit: Honors Seminars, Honors-designated Courses, Honors Contracted Courses, and Honors Experiences.

Learn more about earning Honors credit

Honors Thesis/Senior Project

The Honors Thesis/Senior Project is the culmination of a student’s work as an undergraduate Honors student. This is an extended project that utilizes the skills and knowledge students gain during their undergraduate education to demonstrate their ability to be active, engaged, scholarly citizens. This project may take a variety of forms, depending on one’s major/college, future goals, and interests.

Learn more about the Thesis/Senior Project

Honors student studying abroad
Samantha Lunde, graduating senior, introducing faculty mentor Emily Kazyak at annual Honors graduation reception

Honors Student Organizations

Honors Program students participate actively in a variety of organizations that allow them to develop interpersonal and leadership skills. We strongly encourage our students to seek out such opportunities, whether in student government, the university marching band, organized sports, or service on their college advisory boards. Opportunities abound; for more information, please visit the Student Involvement website.

Within the Honors Program, there are also opportunities for involvement and development of leadership and mentoring skills.

Learn more about Honors Student Organizations

Honors Housing

Honors students have many living options on campus, including two residential communities in Neihardt and Knoll Halls. As with all residence halls on campus, both residential Honors communities offer full amenities of wireless internet access, in-room climate control, easy access to laundry, and multiple study and social spaces, all within a secure building.

The exterior of Neihardt Hall

Neihardt Hall (comprised of four wings: Heppner, Love, Piper, and Raymond) is the oldest and most historic residence hall on campus. With its elegant Georgian architecture, Neihardt offers freshmen and upperclass students traditional-style housing at the heart of campus with numerous quiet study rooms and several comfortable lounges used for socializing and group study. Additionally, Neihardt hosts some classrooms for Honors courses and the Honors Program main office (118 Neihardt), the UNL Fellowships office (118 Neihardt), the Honors Thesis Library (118H Neihardt), and offices of core Honors Program faculty and staff.

Learn more about Neihardt

The exterior of Neihardt Hall

Knoll Residential Center hosts an upperclass Honors community in suite-style housing, offering both double-bedroom and single-bedroom suites. The Knoll Honors community has many quiet study rooms and lounge spaces for socializing.  Both Knoll and Neihardt join together for social and educational programming.

Learn more about Knoll