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University of Nebraska Medical Center

New Student Instructions

Please review these instructions and complete these steps before orientation week. There may be additional steps and differences depending on your college, program, and/or campus.

After completing these steps, review separate onboarding instructions for your college or program listed at the bottom of the page.

Most importantly, check your UNMC email frequently. Critical information will be sent to that email periodically.

Attend New Student Orientation Events

Plan Ahead

You can start onboarding preparation even before you receive access to all systems.

1. Review immunization requirements, gather immunization records, and schedule lapsed/missing immunizations

You will need access to certain systems to submit your immunization records, but it is never too early to obtain your records and execute your immunization plan. Information on what immunizations are required can be found online. Immunization FAQs can be found online

2. Complete your FAFSA

To file your FAFSA you will need to apply for a FSA ID online. The FSA ID allows you to electronically sign your FAFSA. Students and parents (of undergraduate dependent students) will be required to apply for their own pin. 

The FAFSA is filed onlineThe UNMC institution code is 006895. Learn more about submitting the FAFSA.

3. Verify Nebraska resident status for tuition purposes
If you believe you will not be classified as Nebraska resident for tuition purposes, review the requirements for qualifying for Nebraska residency.

Access Your UNMC Email & Enroll in DUO

Your UNMC email account is the official means for receiving communication from UNMC. Students are accountable for reading and responding to their UNMC email account.

1. Watch for an email with your UNMC username and account activation instructions

Three to five days after you are admitted into your academic program, you should receive an email containing your UNMC NetID and instructions on how to activate your UNMC account. Please follow the instructions and claim your UNMC account.  

Within 24-48 hours of claiming your UNMC email account you will receive a confirmation email. Once you receive this confirmation you will have access to your UNMC email account. 

If you are unable to locate the emails, please call the IT Helpdesk at 402-559-7700

2. Change your UNMC password

Log into the UNMC App Store to change your password. 

If you have problems changing your password, please call the IT Helpdesk at 402-559-7700. 

3. Enroll in Duo
Students accessing UNMC email and Canvas will be required to use DUO two-factor authentication. Please refer to the DUO service page for set up and installation if you have not already done so. Those needing assistance can contact the Help Desk at 402-559-7700 or via email.

Explore MyRecords and Update Your Information

Login to MyRecords as soon as possible at myrecords.unmc.edu using your Net ID and password. MyRecords serves as the primary platform to access admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and student billing information. You will also see information related to actions you must take to complete your onboarding process and view any holds that may prevent future enrollment.

It is important to make sure that your contact information is accurate. You can update your contact information in the Profile section of MyRecords. Be sure to mark your UNMC email as your “preferred” account in MyRecords. All departments at UNMC send student communications to your UNMC email account. You will be sent information to that account going forward. Please check it on a regular basis.

Access Canvas and Complete Compliance Training

Complete the FAFSA and Explore Aid Options

The UNMC Office of Financial Aid provides detailed instructions how to complete your FAFSA and apply for other types of aid. 

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@unmc.edu or 402-559-4199. 

Apply for Scholarships

Scholarships offered at UNMC are provided by the University of Nebraska Foundation's fundraising efforts and a variety of private donors. Most awards are made based on merit and financial need. Scholarship committees select scholarship recipients in each of the respective colleges and programs.

Who is eligible to apply:

All full-time students are eligible to apply by completing the UNMC Scholarship application in MyRecords. Students who begin their academic year in Spring term are also eligible to apply. Your college or program may request additional information.

Questions regarding scholarship eligibility within your college or program should be directed to the following:

Additional scholarship information is available here.

Complete Immunization Requirements

All new UNMC students are required to receive required immunizations. Immunization records are submitted online through MyRecords. Please log on using you Net ID and password and click on Access Immunization Center. From there you can both choose to upload your current immunizations as well as generate your immunization record. 

All documents must be saved in the Immunization Center in the following format:

  • LastNameImmunizationsDate
  • Example: JonesPPDTDAPINFLUENZA92018

If you have any questions, please contact 402-559-5158 or email studenthealth@unmc.edu.

Complete Background Check

College of Medicine students should refer to their college-specific onboarding pages for information on when to complete background checks. 

UNMC requires background checks on all newly admitted students. These background checks are completed through a company called One Source. Please do the following to complete your background check:

  1. Access the background check form.  
  2. Select your specific program to complete the form. There is a fee for this service, which will be made directly to One Source when you submit the form. Please have a credit card ready to pay the fee. 
  3. Once you submit your One Source background check, you will receive a supplemental email directly from DHHS.CFSCR@Nebraska.gov to complete your Nebraska Adult and Child Abuse registry check.

If you have any questions please contact One Source at 402.933.9999 or 1.800.608.3645.

More details about the UNMC Background Check Policy can be found online.

Submit Final Transcripts

You must make sure that all previous transcripts are submitted to UNMC. This includes final transcripts from institutions you may currently be enrolled so your college can verify degree completion.

Please refer to your individual college onboarding page found in the right-hand column for instructions on how to submit their final transcripts.

Purchase or Waive Health Insurance

Complete Application for Nebraska Resident Tuition

New UNMC students who are not Nebraska residents should review residency policies and how those effect their financial obligations. Applications for residence for a specific semester or summer session can be submitted to the Academic Records Office prior to the first day of classes for that period of enrollment. The last day to qualify for residency for a specific term is the last day of the registration “add period.” (the 6th day of class).

If you have questions, you can email Academic Records or call 402-559-4199.

Request Disability Accommodations

Enrolled students with disabilities that qualify for accommodation under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), should explore the process to be considered for an accommodation. Each case is considered individually. 

More information can be found on the Accessibility Services Center websiteIf you have any questions, call 402-554-2872 or email Jen Papproth at jepapproth@unmc.edu

Obtain an ID Badge

This section applies to students at the Omaha campus. If you are in a program at a different campus or college, you will receive instructions on how to pick up your ID.

Many colleges will take all new students to obtain their ID Badges as a group. The Photo ID Office is located on the second floor of the Student Life Center.

All UNMC students are required to wear their UNMC ID Badge on campus. Students can obtain their UNMC ID Badge from the Photo ID Office after they have received their NetID and password. Due to heavy summer volume, the Photo ID Office requests that students starting in the fall wait until after August 1 to pick up their ID or go with your program as a group during orientation. 

When you pick up your ID card at the Photo ID Card office, be sure to bring a valid U.S. driver's license, a U.S. government-issued ID, a U.S. military ID, or a passport.

Questions? Contact the Photo ID Office 402-559-8414 or photoid@unmc.edu

Explore Parking, Transportation, and Vehicle Registration/Taxes

Explore Housing Options

This section applies to students at the Omaha campus.

Pay Tuition and Fees

MyRecords provides information on your student bill. You can access this information by logging into MyRecords with your Net ID and password. After logging into MyRecords, click in the Student Accounts tab.  

Student Accounts also provides information on how to review and pay your student bill each term and how to receive refunds. Tuition bills are generated the tenth day of the semester. 

If you have questions, contact Student Accounts by email at studentaccts@unmc.edu or call 402-559-8086.

Review UNMC's Policies, Catalog and Calendar

Get ENGAGED on Campus

UNMC's online platform ENGAGE is designed to help students, student organizations, colleges, faculty, and staff stay connected to events, specific college information and community service opportunities. Your college will notify you if they have a page set up in ENGAGE that you should join.

If you are interested in a student organization or interest group, log in to ENGAGE using your UNMC Net ID and join our campus community.