Applicant Information

Prospective Student

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 UNL, 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 UNL. 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.

Jeffrey S. 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).

Scholarship Program Information
Students admitted to the Raikes School may receive up to a 4-year renewable room and board scholarship applied only to the cost of room and board in the Kauffman Center.

Basic Information

All students in the Jeffrey S. 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.
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Students selected for the Jeffrey S. Raikes School:

  • May receive scholarships to cover 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

The capstone educational experience of the Jeffrey S. 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, 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 that you will be well prepared for advanced mathematics when you start at UNL.
  • Take an object-oriented programming class so that you can find out if you enjoy computer programming. Programming experience is very important in your application to the Jeffrey S. 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 level 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 because a challenging schedule shows your commitment to academics. Challenging courses prepare you for the rigor of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School and college in general.
  • Seek out leadership roles in student organizations to learn more about your own strengths for leading. The Jeffrey S. Raikes School looks for students who understand the value of 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 Jeffrey S. Raikes School looks for demonstrated experience in computer science and/or business. Work experience or involvement in organizations is a great way to show it.

Application Timeline

  • Application - November

    Completion of application for admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at Completion of Jeffrey S. Raikes School application (Mandatory Online) including application form and transcripts.

    You must complete the University of Nebraska-Lincoln admissions application to obtain an NU ID and password. With an NU ID and password, you may access the Jeffrey S. Raikes School application through MyRed at The application will be available on September 1st and must be submitted by November 15th. Late applications are accepted if space is available.

  • Review - December through January

    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++)
    • Interests
    • Involvement and related (technical and/or business) work experience Recommendations
  • Interviews - January through March

    Interviews are conducted with selected candidates.

  • Selection - March through April

    At the beginning of March, selected students receive offers from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School. At the end of March, students are notified of their scholarship award.