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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 desire an individualized focus on their development, and would benefit from additional financial assistance.
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. Priority Deadline March 24th. For additional information, please call us at 215-596-8538.
- Write a personal essay (see application for instructions)
- Submit your complete application:
- You may submit your completed application 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 South 43rd Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495.
- Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), 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.
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. 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.
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 eight weeks beginning in June and finishing in August. (Monday through Thursday).
Location and Hours
Student Academic Support Services is located in 344 Griffith Hall.
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street