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CU Anschutz Medical Campus | Undergraduate Pre-Health Program


Frequently Asked Questions

Have a burning question about admission to The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) or about how to apply to the program? Check out these frequently asked questions about the application, requirements, or the processing of your application.

Applying for the Program:

 
What is the deadline for submitting all of my online application?

The deadline to submit your application for Summer 2015 – Spring 2016 is no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2014. All of your application materials must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for the program.

What are the Application Requirements?
  • Minimum GPA cumulative GPA of 3.3 (preferred 3.5)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one from science faculty)
  • Must answer all 3 essay questions
  • Current unofficial transcript (please include transcripts from all institutions you attended)
  • Interview (Week of Jan 26 and February 2, 2015)
Do I have to have at least 30 credit hours prior to applying?

No, applicants must have completed at least one year of college by June 2015 (30 or more credits). Applicants must hold a sophomore or junior status and must be enrolled as a fulltime student for the duration of the program (at least BOTH Fall 2015 AND Spring 2016).

Where do I need to send my application materials?
  • You must complete all required sections of the application
  • Scanned official transcript(s) in PDF file format
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • At least one letter from a science faculty
  • Answers to all three essay prompts
Can I submit my application without completing the required sections?

No the online application will not allow you to submit your application without completing all required sections including letters of recommendations.

How do I submit a recommendation?

The UPP Program requires two recommendations. At least one must be from a science faculty. Both recommendations must be submitted online, we do not accept mailed recommendations. We encourage you to contact your recommenders ahead of time, so that they can expect your request for recommendation. Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each.

What is an official transcript?

A transcript is official if it bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the school or college to the Office of Admissions or sealed in a school or college envelope and mailed or delivered to the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program by you.

Why do I have to scan a transcript?

We request that you order a transcript from each collegiate institution you have EVER attended regardless of whether you received college credit from that institution. For the purpose of this application you may submit an unoffical transcript.

Once you pass the initial evaluation process and you are invited for an interview you must submit an official transcript that bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the college or university to the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program or sealed in a school or college envelope and mailed or delivered to the Program by you. If you open the envelope, the transcript is no longer official. After the interview is offered further processing of your application is contingent upon your submission of an official sealed transcript to the program. Your official transcript can be sent to:

The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program
Mail Stop A049
Education II North Room 3118
13120 E. 19th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045




General Questions

 
What are the Program Requirements?

Students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, and an interest in the Health care Professions. We encourage students from underrepresented groups or categories (first generation college attendee, low-income, or ethnic minorities such as Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander or Asian) to apply.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of college by June 2015 (30 or more credits).

Applicants must hold a sophomore or junior status and must be enrolled as a fulltime student for the duration of the program (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016).

Applicants must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.

Applicants must be attending a higher education institution in Colorado.

Are interviews required?

All applicants who apply to the UPP and passed our initial evaluation process are invited to complete a personal interview. Interviews are required if the applicant wishes for further consideration and admission into UPP.

Does the UPP offer any financial compensation or scholarships for participation?

Financial compensation maybe provided for both the Kaiser Permanente Track and the Anschutz Medical Campus Track. Additionally, the program offers scholarships for chosen exam reviews (i.e., MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE) based on commitment, academics and overall preparedness for graduate and professional programs.

Do you have to be a science major to apply?

Prospective UPP Fellows are not required to major in the sciences. The program is open to any student in any major with an interest in pursuing a career within health care.

Will my application be considered differently depending on whether I attend a campus within the University of Colorado System or attend another college or university in Colorado?

We do not favor any student application simply because he or she attends the University of Colorado or another institution. Students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, and an interest in the healthcare professions. We have always looked for students who have taken the greatest advantage of the opportunities given to them within the context of their institution.

Furthermore, we do not have a set quota for the number of applicants we accept from any institution in Colorado. All of our applicants are evaluated equally regardless of institution affiliation, race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation.

What is the difference between the Kaiser Permanente Track and the Anschutz Medical Campus Track?

The outcome of the experience is designed to be the same for both tracks. There is no formal application required for either of the tracks. Students are chosen for either tracks based on interest, personality and fit. Both tracks offer full-time paid internships. The length of the internship is slightly different for the tracks. Kaiser Permanente Track internship is designed to be 12 weeks and the Anschutz Medical Campus Track internship is designed to be 10 weeks. The work hours differ for both tracks, Kaiser Permanente Track hours are based on the Department’s regular work hours typically 8-hour days, 5 days/week Monday through Friday. The Anschutz Medical Campus Track hours are typically 8-hour days, 5 days/week Monday through Friday but that may depend on the preceptor’s regular work hours. Both tracks do NOT offer part-time positions.

Does UPP offer housing?

UPP does not provide housing to participants. You will be required to find your own accommodations for the 10-12 week summer program depending on that track you are selected for.

Can I only apply and participate in the internship in the summer?

UPP is 13-months, students will have to be enrolled and meet all the requirements of the program for the duration of the program. The program typically starts in April with an orientation and students will participate in lectures, demonstrations and a 10-12 week summer internship during the summer. After the summer program all Fellows will be required to attend Saturday Academies once a month from August-May.

Can I work or take classes during the Summer?

NO!!!!

Office of Inclusion and Outreach

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

13120 East 19th Avenue | Educaton 2 North 3118

Aurora, CO 80045

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