FAQ
I don’t know if I’m officially a sophomore or a junior.  Can I still apply? 
SHPEP is for freshman and sophomore undergraduates (60 credit hours or less at the time of application).  So check your hours and see.  If you have 60 or more hours, consider applying for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
 
I have a GPA less than 2.5, can I still apply?
No.  The national office sets the minimum requirements for applicants.  If you have less than a 2.5 GPA, they will not send your application on to the individual sites.  However, you can always work on bringing your GPA up in the Fall semester and apply in the Spring.  Or if you are a freshman, you can apply next year. 
How many students usually apply?  How many students do you take each year?
For the 2017 program, we had ~400 applicants.  An applicant can pick up to three schools to which to apply.  Our site accepts 90 students (40 pre-med, 20 pre-dental, 10 pre-nursing, 10 public health, and 10 pre-PT).
 
Who should I pick to write reference letters for me?
This should be someone who knows your academic and personal character.  Ideally, this should be a pre-health advisor and/or a college professor.  If none of these persons know you well enough, a high school science teacher or a local dentist or physician who knows you well will work.  Pick someone who can speak in detail about you.  (And don't forget to ask them if they can write you a positive reference letter!)
 
How do I "stand out” among the other applicants?  How can I make my application more competitive?  What does the admissions team look for in an applicant?
We want to learn more about you and your passion for pursuing a career in your preferred health profession. Remember, good writing is rewriting.  So spend quality time on these essays and let them fully express who you are.  Let other people read them and give you feedback.  Rewrite them a few times before you submit them. 
 
Can I bring my car?
Yes, you can bring your car.  You can not drive it to class or to any official, scheduled functions.Daily transportation to all SHPEP sponsored activities will be provided by the program.  Participants, who bring cars will have to purchase a temporary, six-week, parking permit (~$50).
 
Can I commute to SHPEP?  Do I have to stay in the dorms for the 6 weeks?
We do require you stay in the dorms for the 6 weeks. Scholars stay in the Scott Crossing residence hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). Scott Crossing is UNO's newest residence hall located at the heart of Scott Campus.
 
What does the schedule look like?
Monday through Friday 9-5 is in the classroom or lab.  Evenings and weekends have various required participation events. View a Sample Schedule here- Please note that the schedule changes every year, and this is only to be used as an example.
 
Can I have a job or take other classes during the six-week program?
No.  SHPEP is an intense program with required events in the evenings and on the weekends.  You will not be able to keep up with a job or with taking other classes.  One-hundred percent of your focus needs to be on SHPEP when you are here. 
 
Can I come late or leave early from the program?
No. Unless you have a medical or family emergency, you will need to be here for the entire six weeks. 
 
Do you offer any financial assistance for travel?
Yes.  If you travel from more than 40 miles away, we provide up to $500 for travel expenses.
 
My pre-health, pre-dental and/or pre-medical club would like to know more information about the program.  Can someone come and tell us more about it?
Yes, certainly.  Currently, we travel to states within our region set by the national office (NE, ND, SD, CO, KS, and MO), but if you are outside this region and still want someone to speak to your group, we can use Skype or host a webinar for you.
 
I do not have health insurance, will I still be able to participate in SHPEP?
Students are required to obtain health insurance for the duration of their time in the program. A short-term insurance policy can be purchased
 
I am not a U.S. citizen, will I be able to apply?
Students must be U.S. citizens, granted permanent residency, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
 
I am a high school student who has earned college credits. Can I apply?
SHPEP applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED at the time of their application submission to be eligible for the program.
 
Do we have access to the Gym?
Yes. Scholars have access to the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Center (HPER) on the UNO campus. The facility is newly renovated and provides an Aquatics Center with an indoor Olympic-size pool and spa pool. The Fitness and Wellness Center includes a weight room and cardio machines; spinning rooms; an elevated jogging track; and a golf, fencing, and archery lab.
 
Will SHPEP help me prepare for the MCAT exam or DAT?
SHPEP does not have an exam preparatory component. However, the program's basic science curriculum covers content that is included on most entrance exams.
Please review the UNMC SHPEP 2018 Program Overview for more information!