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I don’t have health insurance; does that mean I cannot participate in SHPEP? UCLA housing requires that people who use the dorms have access to health insurance just in case something happens to them when they are at the dorms. As a result, scholars are required to provide proof of health insurance.
Can I bring my own car to the dorms? It is probably not a good idea to bring a car during the 6-week program. Parking on campus is expensive; parking will cost you about $75/month which will amount to $150 for the duration of your time at UCLA. There are good bus connections to downtown L.A. and to Santa Monica and the beach.
What kinds of books should I bring to SHPEP? We strongly promote reading as part of our curriculum, and will give you books for the reading required in the classroom, but any books that you have wanted to read would be a great thing to start with before even coming on board.
Do we have access to the Gym? Yes. The John Wooden Center is a multi-faceted facility. It features 3 gymnasia, basketball courts, indoor & outdoor weight training, stretching mats, stationary bicycles, stair climbers, treadmills, rowing machines, and a Rock Wall.
Can we have visitors at UCLA? Yes, anywhere but the dorms. This is strictly enforced out of concerns for your safety and the safety of others and that applies to your parents and family as well. Absolutely NO ONE other than SHPEP students may ever enter or stay at the dorm rooms. However, on MOVE-IN and MOVE-OUT days, your parents are welcome to help you and enter the dorms, as we welcome their assistance!!
What will our schedule look like? Sample Schedule - Please note that the schedule changes every year, and this is only to be used as an example.
Is there a cost to attending UCLA/CDU SHPEP? No. Students will be provided with housing, breakfast and dinner, and a stipend that will cover the costs of lunch through the 6-weeks.
Can I participate in SHPEP if I am a junior or senior in college, or if I have already graduated from college? No. SHPEP is exclusively for current freshman and sophomore college students. However, we encourage you to pursue other enrichment opportunities.
Can I participate if I am a community college or junior college student? Yes
Will SHPEP help me prepare for the MCAT exam or DAT? SHPEP does not have a MCAT exam or DAT preparatory component. However, the program's basic science curriculum covers content that is included on the MCAT exam and DAT.
I am a freshman and have not received my grades yet, can I send in my high school transcript? SHPEP does not accept high school transcripts. If you are a freshman in college and you have not received your first semester/quarter grades we encourage you to send in your transcripts to the National Program Office in January once your first semester/quarter grades have been established and finalized.
What is a pre-health advisor? A pre-health advisor may be a faculty or staff member at your institution in your dean’s office, career or student services center.
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!)
Can I have a job or take other classes during the six week program? SHPEP is an intense full-time 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.
I am a recipient of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). Can I still apply for the program? Yes, DACA recipients are eligible.
I am an international student. Can I apply for the program? Students are required to have U.S. citizenship, hold a permanent visa (not student visa), or be DACA recipient in order to join the program.
I am a student from a foreign country. Can I participate in SHPEP? SHPEP is an undergraduate program for freshman and sophomore college students. However, we encourage you to pursue other enrichment opportunities.
I am in my 3rd/4th year in community college, am I eligible to apply to UCLA SHPEP You may apply to UCLA/CDU SHPEP as long as you have not transferred to a four-year institution by the summer you plan to attend SHPEP.