T-PREP: Transfer Pre-Engineering Program

The Transfer Pre-Engineering Program (T-PREP) is an eight-day summer program offered to incoming Berkeley Engineering transfer students. The transition from a community college to a major research university can be challenging, and transfer students often underestimate the degree of change. Students who participate in T-PREP will be fully prepared to meet the rigors of being a junior in the College of Engineering. T-PREP is just one of the many support services offered by the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence.

What are the benefits of T-PREP?

T-PREP teaches study skills and time-management strategies necessary for success in a rigorous engineering program like Berkeley’s. At T-PREP you will:

  • Have hands-on experience in group study and problem-solving in common first-semester transfer engineering courses
  • Attend workshops on academic and social issues common to transfer students
  • Network with other new transfer students and experienced transfers in the College of Engineering
  • Learn about enhanced learning opportunities (i.e., research, leadership development)
  • Prepare for graduate school and career planning
  • Meet industry representatives, getting a glimpse into industry trends
  • Learn how to establish professional relationships with faculty

Do I qualify for T-PREP?

All incoming engineering transfer first-year students (including undocumented students) are invited to apply for T-PREP. The program focuses on the academic issues facing students from groups who are:

  • Members of a group historically underrepresented in engineering
  • From low-income or first-generation backgrounds
  • Non-traditionally aged
  • Parents
  • U.S. veterans

When is T-PREP offered?

T-PREP is an 8 day program in August before the fall semester begins. Students must be available to fully commit to the entire eight-day program.

What is the cost of T-PREP?

There is no cost to attend the program. T-PREP is funded through the generous support of our sponsors — Lockheed Martin, RECARE Foundation and the College of Engineering. Lodging, food and materials are all provided for you. A small amount of spending money is all you will need.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2016 are closed. For additional information, please contact Tiffany Reardon.

T-PREP frequently asked questions

How many students usually apply? Of those who apply, how many are selected?
All incoming engineering community college transfer students are invited to apply for T-PREP, so it’s hard to anticipate how many may apply each year. The cohort size is limited to approximately 60 students — therefore, selection is competitive.

Is selection on a first come, first served basis?
No. Each student’s application will be carefully evaluated, so it’s important to be as thorough as possible when answering the application questions.

When is the application deadline? When will students be notified?
Applications for 2016 are closed.  Applications for 2017 will be available in May 2017.

Is priority given to certain students? 
All applications for T-PREP will be reviewed and carefully considered. However, priority is given to students who will be taking Engineering 7 or CS 61A during the fall semester.

I am an incoming freshman but I took a lot of courses at a community college? Can I apply for T-PREP?
No. T-PREP is specifically for students who were admitted as transfer students. Freshmen students should apply to PREP.  

I am an incoming transfer student coming from a different university. Can I apply for T-PREP?
Students may apply, but priority will be given to students transferring from a community college.

Will I need to bring any money with me?
There will be an outing or two during T-PREP, and you will need to buy your own lunch at one of them. You may also want money to buy some basic necessities or to shop.

Are books included in the program?
All required educational materials will be provided. However, students will need to bring a laptop, backpack, pen, pencil and paper for their coursework.

Where will I be staying during T-PREP? Will I be in my assigned residence hall room for the fall semester? If not, when will I move into my residence hall room?
All T-PREP participants will be housed in a university residence hall together. After the conclusion of the program we will help you move into your assigned residence hall room for the fall semester.

Will I need somewhere to stay between the end of T-PREP and the move-in date for my specific residence hall?
Housing between the end of T-PREP and the residence hall move-in day will not be necessary. All T-PREP participants will be able to move into their assigned residence hall room immediately after the conclusion of T-PREP (and a day ahead of everyone else!).

Is the program all day? Can I work while attending T-PREP, leave during the program for a family event or arrive after the first day?
Participants must be able to completely engage themselves in the entire eight days of the program. Students should not work or take classes during T-PREP. 

I accidentally submitted my T-PREP application before I had completed it. What should I do?
Submit another application online. Your previous one will be discarded.

Will I have free time during T-PREP?
No. T-PREP is an extremely rigorous academic program that gives you the information and experience necessary to ensure your success during the freshmen year. You will have daily scheduled activities from approximately 8 a.m.–8 p.m. each day of T-PREP.

Is there any cost to me to participate in T-PREP? Will housing and meals be provided?
Participation in T-PREP is completely free of charge, and all meals and housing will be provided.

Current T-PREP Student Calendar