Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)

Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)

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 who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and helps prepare those students for success in advanced studies and careers by providing a challenging academic program that emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills and exposure to careers through speakers and field trips.


The San Antonio PREP 2019
Year 1 Online Application is Now Open!

Register For SA PREP 2019 Year 1

Program Dates:

Monday, June 17th – Thursday, August 1st

Application Deadline:

January 14, 2019

PREP Sites

SAN ANTONIO PREP SITES 2019 will be announced at opening of online application.

  • UTSA (Downtown Campus)
  • Palo Alto College
  • Northwest Vista College
  • Northeast Lakeview College
  • St. Philip’s College, Southwest Campus

Year 2 PREP

  • San Antonio College
  • Texas A&M University (SATX)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Northeast Lakeview College

Year 3 PREP

  • St. Mary’s University

Year 4 PREP

  • UTSA (Main Campus)
  • Dallas, Texas Region
  • Ft. Worth, Texas Region
  • Arlington, Texas Region
  • Austin, Texas Region
  • Corpus Christi Region
  • Edinburg, Texas Region
  • Harlingen, Texas Region
  • Houston, Texas Region
  • Laredo, Texas Region
  • Lubbock, Texas Region
  • McAllen, Texas Region
  • Pleasanton, Texas Region
  • Victoria, Texas Region
  • Waco, Texas Region

About PREP

The original Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) was started in 1979 by the UTSA mathematics professor Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal. Seven years later, PREP expanded throughout the state and became known as the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program or TexPREP for short. In 1997, thanks to a grant from NASA, TexPREP continued to grow and expand across the Nation and is now known simply as PREP.

PREP Information Sessions

2019 San Antonio PREP Educator’s Workshop

Monday, October 29
2:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.

Riklin Auditorium

Monday, November 5
2:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.

Aula Canaria Lecture Hall

Register here for the Educator’s Workshop

Parent/Guardian Info Sessions

In collaboration with the San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio PREP will hold PREP Parent/Guardian Information Sessions on the following dates and location:

Tuesday, November 13th

Guerra Library
Register for Guerra Library

Monday, November 26th
Pan AM Library
Register for Pan AM Library

Tuesday, December 4th
Cortez Library
Register for Cortez Library

Monday, January 7th
Encino Library
Register for Encino Library

Questions?  Please contact:

Application Help at P20 Info Center

Need to upload or submit the PREP 2019 online application, the UTSA’s P20 Information Center is open Monday- Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   In addition, the Information Center will also be open on the following dates and hours for your convenience:

Saturday, November 10
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, January 14
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Please bring the necessary documents to upload and complete the online application.

Location & Hours Info

PREP Program Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

Middle and high school students from all school districts within the Greater San Antonio Area are encouraged to apply.

Year 1 Requirements

  • Parental permission
  • PREP Math Nomination Form from a mathematics teacher and a Counselor, Science or English teacher PREP Second Nomination Form
  • Satisfactory conduct grades. If report card does not have conduct, provide a letter of conduct from school. See our Sample Conduct Letter.
  • 100-200 word essay: Why I want to Participate in PREP
  • Students in grades 6 and 7 require a 90 or better grade in most recent grading cycle (6 or 9 week term) mathematics, science and English class (85 or better if in honors or advanced placement)
  • Students in grades 8, 9, and 10 require a 85 or better grade in most recent grading cycle (6 or 9 week term) mathematics, science and English class (80 or better if in honors or advanced placement)
  • Students in grades 11 and 12 are admitted with special permission only.

Year 2, 3 and 4 Requirements

Students who successfully complete Year 1, 2 or 3 PREP are invited via email to apply for the following year of PREP.

Resources for Counselors and Teachers

2019 Recruitment Presentation

PREP Application Process

Important PREP Dates

  • Monday, June 17 – Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday; Exception: field trip on one Friday during the 7 weeks
  • Student Holiday, Thursday, July 4th
  • Parent Orientation will take place in the month of May at the site your student is accepted.


  • Absences: Student is only allowed three excused absences
  • Transportation: All applicants are responsible for their own transportation


The deadline is Monday, January 14, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. CST.

Please see the requirements under Year 1 Requirements on this page.

In addition to the parent/guardian permission, passing all classes, and satisfactory conduct grades, the following requirements per PREP Year are:

  • Year 2 (7th grade):
    • Successful completion of Year 1 PREP
    • 90 or above in most recent grading cycle (6 to 9 week term) in math, science, and English (85 for honors or Pre-AP/AP)
  • Year 2 (8th – 10th grade):
    • Successful completion of Year 1 PREP
    • 85 or above in most recent grading cycle (6 to 9 week term) in math, science, and English (80 for honors or Pre-AP/AP)
  • Year 3 (8th – 10th grade):
    • Successful completion of Year 1 & 2 PREP
    • 85 or above in most recent grading cycle (6 to 9 week term) in math, science, and English (80 for honors or Pre-AP/AP)
  • Year 4 (9th – 11th)
    • Successful completion of Year 1, 2, 3 PREP
    • 85 or above in most recent grading cycle (6 to 9 week term) in math, science and English (80 for honors or Pre-AP/AP)

Monday, June 17, 2019 through Thursday, August 1, 2019

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 Program 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.

Do not mail any documents to PREP. Note that documents will be uploaded to the online application registration. If you need assistance with uploading documents, please visit one of the following locations for resources to access the internet or with assistance in uploading documents to the online application:

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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For problems email PREP at or call (210) 458-2769.


The University Prefreshman Engineering Program offers college credit at UTSA to students who have successfully completed a minimum of PREP Year 3 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
UPREP will open its application process in December 2018. Eligible students will be invited to apply and emailed specific instruction regarding the application process.

Lunar Caves Analog Test Sites

LCATS Program

The Lunar Caves Analog Test Sites (LCATS) program utilizes science investigations, space exploration mission operations, technology development, and habitability system architectures for Space-STEM learning performance within a program environment.

This engages a pipeline of motivated middle and high school students from the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SA PREP) to assist aerospace professionals solve real-world space exploration technology development challenges.

Project partners include:

LCATS goals include preparing and encouraging underrepresented minorities, female and economically disadvantaged students to pursue higher education and careers in human space exploration. The LCATS project works within the framework of an actual international commercial lunar site development program, known as LEAP2 (for Lunar Ecosystem and Architectural Prototype), which is developing technologies for exploration and development of a specific lunar site known as the Marius Hills Skylight believed to be the entrance to lunar lava tube cave.

Project components include Middle and High School student workshops and field experiences extending over a four year period with annual simulated missions related to lunar exploration and habitation focusing on lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU).

Contact Us

Contact Information

Phone: (210) 458-2769