• ERA 2019 Group giving a Heisman pose with 1972 Heisman award winner Johnny Rodgers.

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ERA Participant Comments

"Definitely attend ERA!  It was the most amazing experience for me and I would give anything for it to last longer than it did."

"It was an awesome experience.  The peer coaches are incredible, and the staff are really nice and incredible people who provide an excellent college experience."

"ERA was one of the best decisions I've made in my life, it really helped with the transition." 

"This is the best way to prepare yourself for the upcoming year and I would attend again in a heartbeat."

“It was great and a huge help prepping for math and getting a taste of dorm life because I will live at home.”

"The instruction, activities, and interactions all increased my knowledge in a fun environment. My calculus prep skills have been fully refreshed and new skills were learned as well."

Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
(402) 554-3618


AUGUST 9-16, 2020
*Program Date Change - Starting One Day Later*

What is the Engineering Readiness Academy?

 The Engineering Readiness Academy (ERA) is a one-week residential bridge program designed to provide a head start for incoming, first-time freshman students in our engineering and construction management programs. ERA has many goals, but the primary goal is to prepare you early for academic, personal and career success in the College of Engineering.

Who is ERA for?

The Engineering Readiness Academy refreshes students through hands-on activities using concepts needed for college-level Calculus. Students who benefit the most from ERA tend to have taken math through Pre-Calculus but could improve with a refresh on Algebra and Trigonometry concepts before beginning Calculus.

What will ERA offer you?

The program will support you in successfully completing your first year of an engineering education by providing you with the following:

  • Supplemental math instruction emphasizing future Calculus I success
  • Strategies and planning for academic success
  • Participation in a community service project
  • Interaction with faculty, staff, current students and alumni
  • An opportunity to meet other new College of Engineering students
  • A unique experience and introduction to the life of an engineering student

Eligibility and Requirements

To participate, you must:

  • be an incoming 2020 first-year freshman admitted to the UNL College of Engineering (Scott Campus in Omaha)
  • have completed freshman orientation and be registered for Fall 2020 classes by July 24, 2020
  • live on campus during ERA (including weekends)
  • be willing to fully participate in all program activities
  • not work during the summer program
  • be placed into MATH 1950 (Calculus I) or have taken Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus in high school


All students will live in Scott Hall and receive a full meal plan for the duration of the program. ERA move-out will be in the morning on Aug. 16.

ERA students planning to live on campus (except those living at Scott Hall and JPII Newman Center) will be moving in on Sunday, Aug. 16 or later (based on their reserved time with housing).  Those students with a reserved move-in date of Aug. 16 will be allowed to stay in their ERA accommodations until their scheduled move-in time.

Students living at Scott Hall or JPII Newman Center should contact the following before July 24 if wishing to move in earlier than their scheduled move-in dates.  Move in day for JPII Newman Center is August 19 and Scott Hall move in day is on August 22 (an additional fee per night may apply):

Application Deadlines

  • June 6 - early application deadline
  • July 10 - standard application deadline

To be considered for the Academy, you must apply no later than July 10.  You will be informed if you are accepted into the program soon after submission of your application, as spots are limited (30 maximum).


Those accepted to the Academy will be contacted via email with payment instructions and required to pay the following program fee:

  • $200 - Applied before, or after, June 6
  • $250 - Applied after June 6

The fee covers housing, meals, and all activities throughout the week.  Those accepted will also be asked to submit ERA required paperwork. 

The deadline for receipt of the Academy fee and paperwork is July 17 (no refunds after this date). 

If you are interested in attending ERA, but may need financial support, please contact Alma Ramirez-Rodgers via email or call her at 402-554-3618 (limited scholarships available).


If you require accommodations, please work directly with UNO's Accessibility Services Center (ASC).  This will ensure that we can fulfill all accommodations appropriately.

Images from the 2019 Engineering Readiness Academy