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Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)

Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)


The PREP Central Office is available to answer questions virtually. Please contact us at PREP@UTSA.edu.

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, expanding 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.

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 Program

PREP Application

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 Application

PREP 2022 Year 2 Application

PREP 2022 Year 3 Application

PREP 2022 Year 4 Application

Application Deadline Deadline Extended: February 21, 2022
Prep Dates June 20, 2022 – July 29, 2022
Contact prep@utsa.edu
Reminders
  • Please check the list of requirements before starting the application
  • Acceptance notifications will be emailed in March
  • Parent Orientation will take place in May

PREP Eligibility

Students from all school districts within the Greater San Antonio area that meet the requirements outlined below are encouraged to apply.


  • Students may apply if enrolled in 6th, 7th or 8th grade
  • Parent/guardian permission
  • Submit one Nomination Form from either a Mathematics, Science, English or other Teacher, or School Counselor.
  • Submit a 100-200 word essay written by the student that answers the prompt “Why I want to participate in PREP, why PREP is important to me, and what I like about STEM.”
  • Submit an official report card or parental portal printout of report card. If a report card does not include conduct, a letter may be provided from school. See sample conduct letter here.
  • 70 or higher average grade in the most recent grading cycle (6 or 9 week term) in Science, Mathematics and English classes.


  • Successful completion of Year 1, 2, or 3 for the next PREP year (i.e., students may not skip a PREP year and should be followed sequentially)
  • Parent/Guardian permission
  • Submit a 100-200 word essay written by the student that answers the prompt “Why I want to participate in PREP and what I would like to learn about STEM this year.”
  • Submit an official report card or parental portal printout of report card. If a report card does not include conduct, a letter may be provided from school. See sample conduct letter here.
  • 70 or higher average grade in the most recent grading cycle (6 or 9 week term) in Science, Mathematics and English classes.


PREP Curriculum

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.


  • Logic and its Applications to Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering


  • Algebraic Structures
  • Introduction to Physics


  • Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  • Introduction to Technical Writing


  • Computer Science
  • -Advanced Science & Engineering (such as Water Science, Nanotechnology, or Cyber Security)


PREP Inquiry

Inquiry Form

Submit your information to be notified about PREP 2022 or later dates.
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PREP Sites

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)

PREP FAQs

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.



Forms are located in the PREP Eligibility section on this page.

All applications require a 100-200 word essay. See PREP Eligibility for details.


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 PREP Participant Forms and Resources



Yes, conduct grades are required, if not included on the report card, request a Conduct Letter from school counselor. Download a Sample Conduct Letter.


Notices will be emailed mid-March through April.


Yes, $500 tuition, paid if 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 school counselor to confirm support.

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PREP Resources

PREP Participant Forms & Resources

Nomination Form

Sample Conduct Letter

Academic Record Request Form

Student and Parent Handbook

Resources for Counselors and Teachers

2021 Recruitment Presentation

UPREP

UPREP

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
  • Pre-calculus
  • General Chemistry
Apply TBD
Contact Contact PREP@utsa.edu with any questions.

Reports

Impact Reports & Research Download

Contact Us

Contact Information

Phone: (210) 458-2829
Email: prep@utsa.edu