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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 a more individualized focus on their development.

Who is eligible to apply to PREP?
I am eligible, how can I apply?
How will PREP help me academically and personally?
What are the financial benefits?
When does PREP take place?
How will the days be structured?

Who is eligible to apply to PREP?

New students who have been accepted to University of the Sciences as full-time students for the upcoming fall semester, will be notified of their eligibility to apply to PREP. Eligibility is initially based on academic criteria; eligible candidates will receive an application in the mail and notification by email.

I am eligible, how can I apply?
  • Review the information you received in the mail regarding the PREP Program
  • Complete the PREP application
  • Write a personal essay (see application for instructions)
  • Submit your complete application:
    You may submit your complete form and essay by (1) logging into your account and following the "Submit Supplemental Items" link to upload your documents; or (2) mailing them to: Admission Office, Box 4 - University of the Sciences - 600 S. 43rd Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495.
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, using USciences' school code: 003353
    • Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to file
    • A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for PREP

Applicants selected for consideration will 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.

PREP priority review deadline is March 11

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.

When does PREP take place?

The program is scheduled to run from June 27 to August 18 (Monday through Thursday). If you have a conflict that may prevent you from attending all eight weeks, please contact Roxanne Evans (215.596.8522 or sassoffice@usciences.edu) to discuss your options. If you plan to spend Sunday evenings on campus, you will move in on June 26.*

How will the days be structured?

PREP is divided into two four-week sessions, with block classes:

June 27 - July 21*
Chemistry: 9 a.m. - noon
Math: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
College Readiness: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

July 25 - August 18*
Writing: 9 a.m. - noon
Biology: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
College Readiness: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

*Schedule is tentative. Dates and courses are subject to change.

In the evenings, you'll spend time with your peers and participate in campus programs, study sessions, and USciences-sponsored events.

The priority application date is March 11th

The Application (PDF) is available online.

For additional information, please call us at 215.596.8538.

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