PREP: Pre-Engineering Program
The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) is a three week summer program offered to 60 incoming Berkeley Engineering students. Through PREP students will understand the rigors of Berkeley coursework — specifically in calculus, chemistry, and programming courses. As a PREP student you’ll make friends with fellow incoming students and build a network of peers even before you start classes.
PREP is one of the many support services offered by Engineering Student Services. Through the generous support of our corporate partners, PREP is provided at no cost to participating students.
There are three main thrusts of UC Berkeley’s Pre-Engineering Program:
Academic Component: You will attend primer seminars based on lower division courses that you’ll take during your first year as a Berkeley Engineer. You will make valuable connections with other incoming engineering students and PREP alumni.
Professional Development Component: Even if you have never created a resume, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running just in time for UC Berkeley’s fall career fairs. Landing your Dream Job is a journey and it starts at PREP!
Design Component: You will work with engineering Professor Scott Moura in the Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation. Working with a team, you will create a prototype using the SPRINT design process. At the end of the program you'll showcase your product at the Design Expo to industry representatives (such as Chevron and Micron) and Berkeley Engineering faculty.
What happens after PREP?
The PREP summer experience is just the beginning. After PREP you will be invited to participate in fall seminars and weekly study groups. You will be invited to exclusive networking opportunities with industry and participate in exploratory experiences that will maximize your time at Cal.
Do I qualify for PREP?
All incoming first-year students are invited to apply for PREP. The program focuses on the academic issues facing students from groups who are:
- First-Generation College students (meaning that neither parent has completed a four year degree in the US)
- Students from Non-Traditional Backgrounds in Engineering
- Pell Eligible students
- Previous participants of UC Academic Preparation programs such as MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement).
When is PREP offered?
This year PREP will take place July 27 - August 14, 2020, just prior to UC Berkeley’s Golden Bear Orientation.
What is the cost of PREP?
Through the generous support of our sponsors — Boeing, Chevron, General Motors, Micron, RECARE Foundation, Brian & Lisa Davis, Lisa Guerra & Chuck Kung and College of Engineering — PREP is free to all participants. Lodging, food, books and class time are all provided. A small amount of spending money is all you’ll need.