An exclusive sneak peek into college life as a Husker drew more than 900 prospective students to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Admitted Student Day on March 25.
The event — organized by the Office of Admissions — is an opportunity for high school seniors already admitted to the university and their families to explore campus, meet members of the academic community, and celebrate with future classmates.
“Admitted Student Day is the ultimate on-campus experience for high school seniors and their families,” said Kayla Tupper, interim director of Admissions. “It’s a day in which our entire campus community comes together to roll out the red carpet and show these future Huskers that Nebraska U is the place for them.”
In total, the 900+ students were joined by nearly 1,400 guests. Nearly 60% of those students attending hailed from Nebraska communities.
The day kicked off with a welcome pep rally that featured rousing fight songs by members of the Cornhusker Marching Band, a chat with Chancellor Ronnie Green, and inspiring words from Shivani Mudhelli, external vice president of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska.
“Being a student is a lifelong commitment and the best time to start learning is now,” Mudhelli said. “Take risks, fail often, surprise yourself. I implore you to immerse yourselves on campus and be observant of who you meet. You never know who’ll become a lifelong mentor, best friend or secret admirer.
“One day, you’ll find yourself in a crowded stadium of red shouting ‘Husker Power’ at the top of your lungs — and you won’t want to be anywhere else.”
Before the rally, Monica Sarratt of Lexington, Nebraska, said she was looking forward to all the opportunities Nebraska U offers — particularly its excellence in preparing the next generation of scholars.
“My hope is to gain a lot of knowledge, experience and opportunities that will further my education and help me in my future career,” the future business administration major said.
The future Huskers dove head first into the campus experience (on both City and East campuses), touring residence halls, eating in a dining hall and learning about multiple areas of campus life — from joining student organizations to learning how to pay for college. Open house opportunities included learning more about Campus Recreation centers, Career Services, the Military and Veteran Success Center, Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, Reserved Officer Training Corps and the University Honors Program.
For Sarratt’s mother, Sophia, the depth of career and social exploration offered reassured their family’s two-time choice to become Huskers.
“We have another daughter who goes here, so now we’re double Huskers,” said Sophia Sarratt. “We absolutely love Lincoln and all the opportunities they have education-wise here at the university.”
Admitted Student Day 2023 concluded with each prospective student visiting their future college for a deeper dive and chance to meet face-to-face with current faculty, staff, students and administrators.
Mirroring the feelings of the majority who attended, Jocelyn Yam, a sports media and communication major from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, was thankful that the university offered a preview of life as a Husker.
“The thing I’m most excited for after visiting campus is meeting more new people,” Yam said. “It was great getting to see how college students here live life, especially since I am from a different state.”