Omaha Engineering Readiness Academy

Omaha Engineering Readiness Academy Details
Peter Kiewit Institute
August 5, 2017 to August 13, 2017
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers

ERA Participant Comments (formerly MPA)
“MPA was great and a huge help prepping for math and getting a taste of dorm life because I will live at home. Thank you for everything you've done.”
- Nate C. (2016)

“MPA has helped me in making new friends that are soon to be classmates. The ALEKS program also helped in refreshing my memory on various math concepts and filling any holes in my understanding.”
- Adam L. (2016)

"Best camp ever!  I was really not expecting to have so much fun. Everyone was so nice and the activities were challenging but fun."
- Rebecca K. (2015)

"MPA has changed my future by providing me with strategies for college and revealing different aspects of engineering for me."
- Samuel M. (2015)

"The instructors and counselors took time to learn the names of all the students and connect on an individual level"
- Nicholas T. (2015)

"MPA helped me refresh on math, adjust to life in the dorms and make friends."
- Brianna V. (2015)

"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."
- Jimmy A. (2014)

"It has helped me to adjust to college life, make new friends, and improve my math skills."
- Riley H. (2014)

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What is the Engineering Readiness Academy?

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

What will the Engineering Readiness Academy 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 2017 first-year freshman admitted to the UNL College of Engineering (Scott Campus in Omaha)
  • have completed freshman orientation and be registered for Fall 2017 classes by July 21, 2017
  • be willing to fully participate in all program activities
  • live on campus for a week during the summer (including weekends)
  • 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 at Scott Hall and receive a full meal plan for the duration of the program. Move out will be Aug. 13. If you are signed up to live at Scott Village, Scott Court or Scott Crossing (annual lease), you will be moving in on Sunday, Aug. 13.

If you are living at Scott Hall, Maverick Village, University Village or JPII Newman Center, you should contact the following before July 21 if you wish to move in earlier than your scheduled move-in date (an additional fee per night may apply):

NOTE:  Early move ins will NOT be available for Scott Crossing (academic lease).

Application Deadlines
  • June 2 at 5 p.m. - early application deadline
  • July 7 at 5 p.m. - late application deadline

To be considered for the Academy, you must apply no later than July 7.  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 reaquired to pay the following fee:

  • Applied before or on June 2 (5 p.m.) -  $200 program fee
  • Applied on or after June 2 (after 5 p.m.) - $250 program fee

The Academy fee must be received no later than July 14 (no refunds after this date).  If you are interested in attending the Academy, but may need financial support, contact Alma Ramirez-Rodgers (limited scholarships available).


Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance, the following is necessary to complete the process and reserve your spot:

Send completed forms to (include check or money order if you did not submit ERA fee online):
Engineering Readiness Academy 
UNL College of Engineering
c/o Alma Ramirez-Rodgers, PKI 102C
1110 S. 67th Street 

Omaha, NE 68182-0791

For more information, contact:
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers, PKI 102C
402-554-3618 /

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