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.


San Antonio PREP 2019 online application
will open November 1, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Program Dates:

Monday, June 17th – Thursday, August 1st

Program Overview

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 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
    • Recommendations from a mathematics teacher and a counselor, science or English teacher
      Satisfactory conduct grades and an essay
    • Students in grades 6 and 7 require a 90 or better grade in current (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 current (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 to apply for the following year of PREP.

    PREP Application Process

    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

    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 which 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