The Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) at UTSA is a pre-college summer program committed to delivering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment opportunities for middle and high school students.
PREP seeks to contribute to the development of the future generations of STEM professionals, and provide opportunities for high school and middle school students to identify pathways to and through higher education. PREP’s current curriculum is delivered over the course of 4 years. The first year involves Logic and Introduction to Engineering. The second and third years include topics on Algebra and Introduction to Physics, and Probability, Statistics and Introduction to Technical Writing, respectively. The fourth year is dedicated to materials related to Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Nanotechnology.
The program started in 1979 by a UTSA mathematics professor, Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal. Today PREP exists at 33 sites in 25 cities and 7 states. PREP has served over 50,000 students in the State of Texas during the past 40 years. PREP aspires to create equitable access and participation in innovative STEM programming, motivating and inspiring underrepresented students in STEM, and promoting collaboration between institutions of higher education, school districts, industry and the community.
Use the links below to apply for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4. If this is your first time participating in PREP, please use the application link for Year 1.
|Apply||PREP 2022 Year 1 ApplicationPREP 2022 Year 2 Application|
|Application Deadline||Deadline Extended: March 15th, 2022|
|Prep Dates||June 20, 2022 – July 29, 2022|
Students from all school districts within the Greater San Antonio area that meet the requirements outlined below are encouraged to apply.
|Year 1 Requirements|
|Year 2, 3 & 4 Requirements|
Throughout the four years, students will learn about problem-solving systems, STEM career awareness, research & study skills, and participate in field trips and special events. See below for more specific curriculum information for each year in PREP.
|Curriculum Year 1|
|Curriculum Year 2|
|Curriculum Year 3|
|Curriculum Year 4|
|Year 1 PREP||UTSA (Downtown Campus)|
|Year 2 PREP||UTSA (Downtown Campus)|
|Year 3 PREP||St. Mary’s University|
|Year 4 PREP||UTSA (Main Campus)|
The University Prefreshman Engineering Program offers college credit at UTSA to students who have successfully completed a minimum of PREP Year 3, meet the grade requirement of 90 or above in math, science, and English during the most recent grading period (not cumulative), and are at least in their sophomore year in high school. Students will take college-level courses and participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities designed to complement their coursework and interest in STEM fields.
Courses tentatively offered:
- Algebra – Scientists & Engineers
- Biosciences I
- Calculus I
- Introduction to Computer Programming I
- Algebra-based Physics
- General Chemistry
|Contact||Contact PREP@utsa.edu with any questions.|
Submit your information to be notified about PREP 2022 or later dates.
Frequently Asked Questions
One (1) nomination for is required from either a Mathematics, Science, English or other teachers, or school counselor.
Years 2, 3 and 4 do not require nominations.
Applications require an official report card or parental portal printout of report card. Report card should include information on conduct and if courses are Honors or Pre-AP/AP, if applicable. If a report card does not include conduct, a letter may be provided from school. See sample conduct letter under the Resources tab.
Notices will be emailed mid-March through April.
Yes, $500 tuition must be paid if a student meets the requirements and is accepted into the program. Notification will be emailed by mid-March with payment instructions. No tuition is charged to students from sponsoring school districts. Please verify with a school counselor to confirm support.
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