Postcards of Pride FAQs

Thank you for volunteering for Postcards of Pride. Below are the most frequently asked questions we receive from volunteers. If you don't see an answer to your question, or if you have a comment or suggestion, please contact Sarah Haskell at

Will I find out if the students I have contacted go on to attend Nebraska?

In July, we will work with the Office of Admissions to determine the number of students each volunteer contacted who paid the enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit number may vary slightly from the official enrollment numbers available in September.


May I receive additional postcards in my packets?

We would be happy to send a couple of extra postcards in your packets.


May I receive a list of the students from my area who have enrolled at UNL?

Due to privacy issues, we are not able to provide lists of current students. If you would like to invite students from your area to an upcoming event, please let us know at least four weeks in advance. We will work with the Office of Admissions to send the information to the students.

Why aren't we contacting students prior to admission?

The Office of Admissions operates a number of communications campaigns that include more than 125,000 students at various grade levels from high schools around the world. It has been determined that the most effective use of postcards from alumni is focusing on the high school seniors who have applied, been admitted, and are making their college choice from a small number of colleges and universities.

I would like to contact more students from my area. Why do I receive only a few names?

We divide the number of students from your state among the volunteers or alternate volunteers in your area. You might not receive a list of students for each list we receive from the Office of Admissions.

I have not heard from any of the students I have contacted. Is this standard for most volunteers?

From the comments sent to us, yes. We appreciate your willingness to reach out to these students and contribute to the personalized recruitment effort. The Office of Admissions often receives positive feedback from students who are impressed when they receive your card.

How can I become more involved in my area, beyond Postcards of Pride?

For those who indicated an interest in becoming more involved, we have forwarded your information to the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions has been sponsoring training sessions in targeted areas around the country where alumni can make an immediate impact by representing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at local college fairs.

May I receive an email before the postcards arrive in the mail?

If you have provided your email address, we will send you a message as the packet is being sent. You will know it is on the way before it arrives.

I was surprised to be contacted more than once for Postcards of Pride. How many mailings can I expect to receive?

Students may apply for admission between September 1 and May 1. During that time, we receive lists from the Office of Admissions once a month with newly admitted students. We select alumni to contact these students based on these lists. We have chosen a rolling program so that we can reach more students. If the lists were held until March, some volunteers would receive 30-40 names to contact all at once. We thought a few at a time would be best. If you would like to limit the number of mailings you receive, please contact us and we will note it in our database.

Is it possible to contact students with a similar career interest, instead of by region?

This is a great suggestion and one that we have talked about. We have found many students are entering their freshmen year in the area of general studies. We can reach more students by region.

Can we get a better variety of postcards?

The postcards are provided by the Office of Admissions and are exclusive to this program. They are not used for any other departments or offices on campus. If you have suggestions for future designs, please let us know.