Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)

Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)


The PREP Central Office is available to answer questions via email at PREP@UTSA.edu or by phone Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm at 210-458-2829.

The Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) is an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program conducted at several college and university campuses in San Antonio, as well as, across the State of Texas and Nation.

PREP identifies middle and high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and helps prepare those students for advanced studies and careers in those fields by providing a challenging academic program that emphasizes abstract reasoning and problem solving, and exposes participants to careers through speakers and field trips.

PREP 2021

PREP 2021

PREP is offering a hybrid instructional model for summer 2021. More information will be available soon. Curriculum will focus on Logic and its application to Mathematics, Introduction to Engineering, and topics in problem solving. Materials and activities as well as opportunities to engage with instructors will be available online.

Apply: November 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Dates: June 21, 2021 – July 30, 2021

Times:Program time may vary depending on site location. Generally program is between 7:30AM – 4PM.

Cost: $500 per student (Some school districts may cover partial or full cost. Please inquire with your school counselor for more information.)

Reminders:

  • Acceptance notifications will be emailed – mid-March
  • Parent Orientation will take place in May at the site which the student is accepted
  • Absences: Student is only allowed three excused absences
  • Transportation: All applicants are responsible for their own transportation

PREP 2021 Year 1 Application

PREP 2021 Year 2 Application

PREP 2021 Year 3 Application

PREP 2021 Year 4 Application

Contact: PREP@utsa.edu with any questions.

 

Curriculum:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3
Introduction to the Instructor
Class 1 Basics
Class 2 Sampling

 

 

 

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 History

The program started in 1979 by a UTSA mathematics professor, Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal. Today, in 2019, 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 Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

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

Year 1 Requirements

  • Students must apply as 6th, 7th, or 8th graders
  • Parent/guardian permission
  • Nomination Form from a Mathematics Teacher
  • Nomination Form from a Science Teacher, English Teacher, or School Counselor
  • Satisfactory conduct grades.
  • 100-200 word essay that answers the prompt “Why I want to Participate in PREP”
  • 80 or better grade in most recent grading cycle (6 or 9 week term) mathematics, science and English class

Year 2, 3 and 4 Requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 1, 2, or 3 for the next PREP Year (students may not skip a PREP year)
  • Parent/Guardian permission
  • Passing all classes in school
  • 80 or above in most recent grading cycle (6 to 9 week term) in math, science, and English
    Satisfactory conduct grades

PREP Participant Forms & Resources

Academic Record Request Form

Student and Parent Handbook

 

PREP is holding virtual Parent Info Sessions weekdays 6:30-7:30. For more information please contact your school counselor or science/math teacher.

Resources for Counselors and Teachers

2020 Recruitment Presentation

PREP Application Process and Dates

PREP FAQs


Two (2) nomination forms are required, one from a math teacher and a second from either an English teacher, science teacher, or counselor. Years 2, 3, and 4 do not require nominations.


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


Year 1 application requires a 100-200 word essay on Why I Want to Participate in PREP. Years 2, 3, and 4 do not require an essay.


No, the most recent report card (6 to 9 week term) with numerical grades is required. Report card must include information on conduct and if courses are Honors or Pre-AP/AP, if applicable.

The following will not be accepted and will make the application incomplete:

  • no hand-written
  • no web-based (parent portal print-outs)
  • no progress reports or reports that state “Progress” on any part of the report card
  • no transcripts
  • no letter grades



No, new/updated grades cannot be resubmitted.


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 Alternative 2020

PREP Alternative 2020 was not a replacement for PREP. Students did not receive TEA or PREP credit, and to continue the PREP curriculum they must must apply to attend for the year that they had planned to attend in summer 2020. ie. if a student completed PREP Alternative Year 1, the student must submit a PREP 2021 Year 1 application. If your student is a senior and completed and passed PREP Alternative Year 4, they can submit an application and receive a cost discount if they completed PREP Alternative Year 4.

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

2021 UPREP applications are due January 31. Contact Ana.Leos@utsa.edu with any questions.

UPREP 2021 Application

Impact Report

Impact Report Download

2020 Impact Report

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Contact Information

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