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.
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.
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.
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 10 majors within the College of Business. The 10 majors are actuarial science, accounting, agribusiness, business administration, economics, finance, international business, marketing, management 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 student organizations.
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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Theresa Luensmann is the coordinator for the Honors Academy. She earned her bachelor of arts in biochemistry and biology from the University of Northern Iowa and earned her master of science in counselling and college student development from Kansas State University. Before starting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theresa worked for four years as a residence hall director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, working with student development, leadership, event planning and student conduct.
Theresa enjoys reading, exercising and checking out new restaurants and things to do in Lincoln. She also loves spending time with her family, especially her nephew. Fun fact: Theresa loves music, especially live music. She has been to 10 concerts the past few years.
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