Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes can I take?
While you can only take one class per session, you are allowed to take a class during every session. It is not feasible to take more than one class per session. In order to cover 4 credits in 3 weeks, one class takes up the entire day every day.

How do I sign up to take a class?
Please head to our Marketplace application after you have looked at our course list with class descriptions. Please ensure that you have completed any prerequisites you need before paying your deposit. Course codes to register for the classes are given out in March if already signed up. Course codes will be given out immediately after that point. A room and board charge along with your tuition will be charge to your MyRed account after you register for classes.

How does the deposit work?
When you sign up for a class, you are charged a $100 deposit per class to apply via our registration application in Marketplace. This deposit will hold your seat in your chosen class(es). If you take more than one class, at the end of the summer, you will be refunded the additional deposits over the original $100 into your MyRed account for each course you successfully took.

Example: Chet takes 4 classes (one class in each session) and pays the $400 deposit. He had to drop his class in fourth session. At the end of the summer, he will be refunded $200. He wasn't refunded for the first class he signed up for in first session or the class in fourth session that he dropped, but he did receive a refund for the class in second and third session.

Do you offer scholarships?
Yes! we have a room and board scholarship that covers the cost of living and dining at the Cedar Point campus. See our Financial Aid page for more details.

Do I have to be a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student to Attend CPBS?
Students who are not currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are always welcome to take courses at Cedar Point Biological Station. If you have not completed an undergraduate degree; you must fill out the visiting student application for admission in addition to your Cedar Point application. For undergraduates enrolled at one of the other University of Nebraska (UNK, UNO, or UNMC) units, you will can apply through inter-campus enrollment. If you have completed a degree, are currently enrolled as a graduate student in another institution, or are enrolled at a different University of Nebraska units, you need to apply for admission to the Graduate School. For more information see the Office of Graduate Studies - visiting student.

How is tuition charged?
Tuition will be charged to MyRed account just like a normal class.

How do I know my class or scholarship application has been submitted successfully?
You will be contacted by the program coordinator within 1 to 2 business days. They will tell you that your application was successfully received and give you further instructions and/or general information.

Who will I share a room with?
Cabins are assigned based on gender and the course you are taking. You will be roomed with classmates of the same gender you put on your application. Gender neutral/non-binary housing is available.

I have dietary restrictions; is that going to be a problem?
Not at all! Cedar Point frequently makes accommodations for vegetarian, vegan, halal, kosher, dairy free, gluten free, and many other dietary restrictions. If you have any concerns about your specific dietary restrictions, please reach out to

What should I bring?
Please check our packing list page.

When should I arrive for class?
Check-in goes from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Mountain Time (MT) on the Sunday the session starts.

How do I get to CPBS campus?
Please check our directions page.

Do I need anything extra for the class?
Please check Canvas for any extra instructions from the instructor.

I have disabilities. Can I take a course?
If you are registered with the disabilities office and have your accommodations on file, please reach out to us if your interested but worried about accessibility with your situation! It will take coordination and expectations set/understood with your instructor and our campus. Some accommodations are easily to facilitate; however, we do have a VERY rustic campus and intense physical classes during the heat and with hills and uneven ground.