The Nebraska Business Honors Academy is a four-year, cohort-based, enhanced business curriculum for high-ability students who have the potential
and desire to become the next generation of business leaders. You complete most of your foundation and core business courses together
as a cohort using an action-based learning style focused on the development of critical thinking, technical and communication skills.
These classes allow students to discuss and develop solutions for real-world business problems and create the social and intellectual bonds necessary
to ready yourself for the ever-changing business world. If you are a goal-oriented student with an interest in an enhanced academic experience
and a willingness to challenge your leadership potential, then the Nebraska Business Academy will be right for you.
2025 Cohort Application Opens August 2024
Class of 2023
for Honors Academy students
Students accepted into the Academy are automatically accepted into the UNL Honors Program.
Honors Academy applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Nebraska Business Honors Academy practices a holistic review process. During the selection process, we consider a broad range of factors including experience, leadership and academics. We expect applicants to be inquisitive, eager to learn and excited by new discoveries not only in their discplines but also in themselves.
Specific selection criteria includes:
Nebraska Business Honors Academy students are eligible for a variety of academy, college and university scholarships.
Academy specific scholarships include:
Academy specific scholarships include:
Academy scholarships can be added to any other scholarships awarded by Nebraska or the College of Business.
To graduate from the Nebraska Business Honors Academy, the following requirements must be met:
Nebraska Business Honors Academy students take 41 credits of honors level business coursework with their Academy cohort. This coursework consists of core and foundation courses common to all business majors.
The academy has dedicated academic advisors who are fluent in university and College of Business resources.
The academy advisors want to know you and your goals, struggles
and strengths. Our advisors take an individualized approach to each student's academic plan.
From the moment you meet your fellow classmates at our annual leadership challenge course campout, you will
be part of a closeknit network of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Friendships naturally form from seeing familiar faces
inside the classroom, in study groups, and various academy events hosted throughout the semester.
All academy courses are taught using active learning teaching methods to help you quickly apply what you've
learned in class and develop critical thinking, problem solving, technical and communication skills.
The academy's small class sizes allow for increased focus on discussion, presentation, group collaboration
and analytic exercises.
Academy professors are hand picked to teach academy classes because of their skills, dedication and outstanding
teaching styles. Our faculty will challenge you in the classroom and support your professional aspirations outside of the classroom.
Nebraska Business Honors Academy students have a unique opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom with industry leaders and corporate partners.
Corporate connections include:
All campus visits can be set up through Admissions.
When you make your reservation, mention that you would like to meet with the Honors Academy in the "special accommodations" section and staff will be sure to put us on your schedule for the day.
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We accept transfer applications from students going into their second year of college on a
space-available basis. The transfer application deadline is available in January and due March 1.
Nebraska does accept AP scores, IB credit and dual credit courses. More information can be found here:
Advanced Placement Credit |
IB Diploma Credit
Dual Credit Transfer
Some students are interested in the Raikes School for Computer Science and Management and the University Honors Program.
Students cannot be part of the academy and the Raikes School. Both are cohort-based programs that take a specific sequence
of courses. We encourage you to apply to both the academy and Raikes and then decide which program is the best fit for you.
All academy students are also part of the University Honors Program and have all the rights and responsibilities of University Honors Program students.
Raikes | University Honors Program
Academy students can live anywhere on-campus, including, but not limited to Knolls Suites (University Honors Program hall), traditional-style
residence halls, and fraternity and sorority houses. Students in the academy may also choose to
move off-campus after their first year. Students cannot be part of the academy and a learning community. We encourage you to apply to both the academy
and learning communities and then decide which program is the best fit for you.
There are ample opportunities to get involved on campus and many larger commitments will require time management. Many academy students are a part of
fraternity and sorority life, student government, college athletics or in band. We are able to work with the students to create a course schedule that
satisfies academy requirements and accomodates practice and game schedules.
All students in the Academy must declare at least one of the 11 majors within the College of Business.
The 11 majors are actuarial science, accounting, agribusiness, business administration, business and law,
economics, finance, international business, management, marketing and supply chain management.
Note: The actuarial science major and the economics major can be completed through either the
College of Business or the College of Arts and Sciences. Actuarial science and economics
majors in the College of Arts and Sciences are NOT eligible to be in the Honors Academy.
Erin Burnette is the director of the Honors Academy and joined the Husker family in October 2012. She received her bachelor of arts in
psychology from Truman State University and continued on for her master's degree in higher education and student affairs at the University of South Carolina.
Erin worked to develop and enhance the experience of college students in the areas of leadership programs, student involvement, undergraduate research, academic
support and advising, and admissions and has also held positions with high school leadership programs at Brown University and Yale University.
In her spare time, Erin loves to watch and play sports and spend time with her husband and identical twin toddlers.
Additionally, she is a huge foodie and loves to travel and explore new restaurants and cuisines. Fun fact: She has visited over 150 college campuses!
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Dr. Rebekah "Becka" Neary-DeLaPorte is the assistant director for the Honors
Academy. She earned her bachelor of arts in journalism from Simpson College, her master of science in
college student personnel administration from Illinois State University and
earned her doctorate in adult and higher education administration from the University
of South Dakota. Her doctoral research explored the motivating factors which
contributed to the recruitment and retention of faculty members serving as
student organization advisors. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
team, Becka spent her professional career working in the division of student
affairs, helping promote student involvement, planning campus wide programming,
facilitating leadership development opportunities and providing oversight to
Becka enjoys traveling, writing for Omaha Mom's Blog and spending time with her husband, two dogs and twin boys. Fun Fact: Becka worked on a Hawaiian cruise ship one summer while in college.
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