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Next Chapter at Nebraska is a college readiness program offered to enrolled 4-H members at the beginning of their 8th-grade year. Throughout high school, Next Chapter scholars engage in a variety of events and activities designed to help them explore career opportunities, develop research skills, and experience a variety of learning methods that will help them transition to and succeed in college. The Next Chapter program:

  • Inspires youth to choose to continue their education after high school.
  • Promotes awareness of higher education options.
  • Develops college and career readiness skills.
  • Helps students pair their interests with career choices.
  • Encourages students to explore careers.
  • Develops important life skills, including social skills, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, and responsibility.

As part of a partnership with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Admissions, all Next Chapter scholars are automatically pre-admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Scholars who participate in Next Chapter at Nebraska will:

  • Be invited to a celebratory event at UNL with their families in the spring of their 8th-grade year.
  • Be pre-admitted into UNL upon enrollment in the program starting in 8th grade.
  • Participate in college preparatory activities and curriculum throughout high school.
  • Be prepared for a successful transition to college.


Career Exploration

  • Identify career and academic goals
  • Meet with professionals in career areas
  • Job shadow opportunities

Academic Strategies

  • Reading and note-taking
  • College research skills
  • Effective communication and public speaking

College Exploration

  • Best practice for completing college applications and essays
  • Develop a portfolio to effectively communicate accomplishments
  • Complete college visits

Skills Development

  • Study and time-management
  • Best practices for self-motivation
  • Explore job application process, resume writing, and interview skills


Nebraska map of counties delivering next chapter programming

The counties in green are those that are currently coordinating and delivering Next Chapter programming on a local level. Local programming might include day-long retreats, school enrichment programs, or club activities. For more information about local events and activities, please contact your local Extension office.

For questions about the UNL Admissions Next Chapter program, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Melissa Border
EMAIL: melissaborder@experience.unl.edu
PHONE: 402-318-8996