Jeffrey S. Raikes School announces 2010 entering class


Thirty-two high-achieving 2010 high school graduates have been accepted into UNL's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management for fall 2010.

The Raikes School develops leaders for this era of expanding information technology and business globalization. Students live and learn in the Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center on City Campus. Students are selected for this program based on high academic achievement, with an average ACT of 33.4; outstanding leadership experience, demonstrated interest in computer science and business; and career goals. Students receive scholarships valued at approximately $35,000 over four years that cover housing in the Kauffman Center, a full meal plan, and admission to the University Honors Program. Most receive other tuition scholarships available at the university for high-achieving scholars.

The school is named for Jeffrey S. Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle. A Nebraska native, Raikes previously was president of Microsoft Corp.'s Business Division, retiring in 2008 after 27 years with the company.

The program is a recognized leader in interdisciplinary computer science and business management education. It provides an education balanced in technology and management while developing professional skills in leadership, communications and collaboration. Graduates, who are among the most highly sought-after in the field, create innovative technologies for business, manage technical development, lead and manage technologists, manage with technology-based processes, understand technology market opportunities, understand the strategic uses of technology, and bridge the gap between technology and business perspectives.

A list of the 2010 entering class is available at

- By Lori McClurg, Raikes School