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Preparation, Retention, and Enrichment Program (PREP)

PREP is University of the Sciences small, diverse learning community that focuses on students who would benefit from academic support and financial assistance.

Because University of the Sciences wants each of our students to maximize their potential as students, we have created the PREP program for students who desire more individualized focus on their development.

Who is eligible to apply to PREP and how can I apply?
How will PREP help me academically and personally?
What are the financial benefits?
I think I may be eligible for PREP. How do I request an application?

Who is eligible to apply to PREP and how can I apply?

Entering students who have been accepted to University of the Sciences as full-time students for the upcoming fall semester are eligible to apply to PREP. Applicants must complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in order to be considered for the program. To acquire this form visit www.fafsa.ed.gov on the web, or go to your high school's guidance office.

To be considered for PREP, students need to complete an application and write an essay. Once selected for consideration, applicants then attend an on-campus interview accompanied by a parent or guardian. PREP accepts a limited number of first-year students each year. Selection is based on a number of factors including demonstrated enthusiasm for participation in the small learning community.

How will PREP help me academically and personally?

PREP students attend an eight-week summer residential program that takes place on campus the summer following high school graduation. The curriculum includes:

  • pre-college academic courses in math, biology, English, and chemistry, taught by college professors
  • college readiness, including study skills, career development, fitness, personal transition to college, and introduction to campus resources.

The program is staffed by counselors who are active PREP students themselves. The counselors serve as mentors to the new students.

PREP students remain members of the small learning community throughout their academic careers at the University. As a result of their intensive summer experience, PREP students participate as members of the peer-mentoring network to provide ongoing support for each other. To help ensure success, PREP students' academic progress is closely monitored while they receive individualized academic counseling and career development support from experienced PREP staff.

Special programs are provided to enrich PREP students' personal and pre-professional growth, as well as provide opportunities for internships, service learning, and leadership training.

What are the financial benefits?

PREP students in good standing receive a tuition award for each year enrolled full-time in a degree program at the University. They also receive financial assistance with housing costs for the first two years of their enrollment.

How do I request an application?

If you can say "Yes" to the questions below, then you may be eligible:

  • Are you a high school senior?
  • Are you enthusiastic about jump starting your college experience?
  • Have you been accepted to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for the upcoming academic year?

The priority application date is March 15th
Update: we are still accepting PREP applications. Please apply.

Applications (PDF) are available online.

For additional information, please call us at 215.596.8538.
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