The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management is a unique program developing world-class innovators and leaders through an interdisciplinary computer science and business management honors education.
Nothing will better prepare you for the future of business than the Raikes School experience at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. If you are interested in being a part of the Raikes School at Nebraska, request more information, if you're ready, apply online. Our selection process begins with your application, which is part of the on-line application to Nebraska. Students accepted into the Raikes School may receive a scholarship that covers meals and housing in the Kauffman Residential Center and students are also part of the University Honors Program, which provides a book scholarship.
Raikes School students are selected from the nation's top high school graduates. The average ACT score for a student at the Raikes School is a 33.5 (SAT a 1480 for combined two tests of Critical Reading and Math).
All students in the Raikes School live in the Kauffman Center
- Suite-style rooms;
- Technology-enabled classrooms and faculty/staff offices on the first floor;
- Offers advantage of community atmosphere within a large university setting.
Students selected for the Raikes School:
- May receive scholarships to cover a portion of your housing and meal expenses over four years;
- Receive a Book Scholarship through the Honors Program Textbook Scholarship;
- Are highly competitive for tuition scholarships. Typical tuition scholarships include National Merit, Regent, Beadle, or other tuition granting scholarship.
Design Studio is the capstone educational experience of the Raikes School. Student teams partner with a regional or national business on a year long project. The project involves design, implementation and testing phases. The result is an innovative software-based solution that satisfies the business’s requirements.In Design Studio, students:
- Create innovative applications and business processes to solve real-world problems;
- Gain valuable experience working with companies through self-governing teams;
- Gain a more accurate view of a corporate structure;
- Develop project management skills prior to graduation;
- Form key networking contacts with top executives from local and national companies;
- Earn college credit for completing software development projects;
- Develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
Design Studio clients have included USDA, IBM, Microsoft, Mutual of Omaha, PayPal, Hudl, Spreetail, and many others. For more information, visit the Design Studio information page.
Tips for Success
The best thing you can do when applying for admittance to the Raikes School is to be yourself! Some things that we have observed that help students succeed in the Raikes School include:
- Take at least a year of calculus from your high school, a university or a community college so you will be well prepared for advanced mathematics when you start at Nebraska.
- Take an object-oriented programming class, or engage in self-study, so you can find out if you enjoy computer programming. Programming experience is very important in your application to the Raikes School
- Take business courses from your high school, a university or a community college. Understanding of basic business concepts covered by accounting and economics courses will help you determine your interest in business.
- Pursue a challenging senior year by taking advanced or honors classes, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or courses from a community college. Challenging courses show your commitment to academics and prepare you for the rigor of the Raikes School and college in general.
- Seek leadership roles in student organizations to learn more about your own strengths for leading. The Raikes School looks for students who understand the value of building leadership skills.
- Look for opportunities, like employment, clubs or school organizations, that will enhance your technical and/or business skills because you’ll have the chance to put your skills to test in a real-world work environment. The Raikes School looks for demonstrated experience in and passion for computer science and/or business. Work experience or involvement in organizations is a great way to show it.
Application - October
You must complete the University of Nebraska-Lincoln admissions application at http://admissions.unl.edu/apply to obtain an NU ID and password. With an NU ID and password, you may access the Honors and Raikes School application through MyRed at http://myred.nebraska.edu. The applications will be available on August 1st and must be submitted by October 15th. Late applications are accepted if space is available.
Review - November and December
Applications are reviewed based on the following areas:
- Academics: test scores, GPA, class rank, transcript (high school and any completed college courses)
- Oral and written communication
- Business and/or computer programming experience (specifically in Java or C++)
- Leadership and service experience
- Involvement and related (technical and/or business) work experience
Interviews - January
Interviews are conducted with selected candidates in January.
Selection - February through April
At the beginning of February, selected students receive offers from the Raikes School along with notification of any Raikes School scholarship award.