First Year Student

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First Year Student – in high school and planning to graduate this year or has attained a GED. Has not attended college elsewhere.

Requirements for Admission

The following must be submitted to be considered for admission:

First year admission programs:

  • Rolling Admission - for students that want to be notified of admission soon after submitting high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores.
    • As a courtesy, Nebraska Wesleyan can provide Rolling Admission students an estimate of financial aid by December 20 if all supporting documentation (including NWU’s Financial Aid Application) has been received by December 1.
  • Early Decision - for students who clearly identify Nebraska Wesleyan University as their first-choice institution. Nebraska Wesleyan will provide a financial aid commitment at the time of admission. The deadline to apply for Early Decision is December 1.
    • Early Decision students planning to apply for aid must submit NWU’s Financial Aid Application. Students not applying for aid will be considered for scholarships.

Recommendations for Admission

Nebraska Wesleyan University uses a comprehensive process to review applicants. We select incoming classes with a variety of talents, views and achievements.

We examine the rigor of your high school program. We prefer, but do not require, that you have:

  • 4 years of high school English,
  • 4 years of mathematics,
  • 3 years of the same foreign language,
  • 3 years of laboratory science, and
  • 3 years of social studies.

We prioritize evaluations and recommendations from teachers you’ve had as a junior or senior because they are most familiar with your writing, analytical, and quantitative abilities.

We consider your participation in activities, honors, and awards as indicators of your involvement.

Enrollment Process

  • Students will be notified of admission soon after submitting all required items.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • For verification of federal and Nebraska Wesleyan need-based aid, submit the FAFSA application after January 1.
    • Enter in the college release and certification section the full name of Nebraska Wesleyan University and College Code 002555.
    • NWU reviews FAFSA applications as soon as all required admissions applications documents are received.
  • Submit a $350 tuition deposit to accept the offer of admission and confirm your commitment to attend NWU.

Mail test scores, transcripts, and other required materials to:

Admissions Office
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794

For more information contact NWU Admissions at: 800-541-3818, ext. 2218 admissions [at]