ESS staff welcome T-PREP participants at Memorial StadiumESS staff welcome new T-PREP students to a kickoff lunch at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Adam Lau/Berkeley Engineering)

T-PREP: Transfer Pre-Engineering Program


Center for Access to Engineering Excellence
227 Bechtel Engineering Center
Berkeley, CA 94720-1702

Berkeley Engineering’s Transfer Pre-Engineering Program (T-PREP) begins with a three week summer program offered to incoming Berkeley Engineering transfer students. T-PREP continues throughout the year with workshops and events that are for your cohort. 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 Engineering Student Services.

There are three main thrusts of Berkeley’s Transfer Pre-Engineering Program:

  • Academic Component: T-PREP students will attend primer seminars based on coursework in their majors. Participants will make valuable connections with other incoming transfer students and T-PREP alumni.
  • Professional Development Component: T-PREP students will be ready to hit the ground running for fall career fairs and find out what it takes to get into graduate school.  Landing a dream job is a journey and it starts with T-PREP!
  • Design Component: T-PREP students will work with engineering Professor Scott Moura in the Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation. Working with a team, students will create a prototype using the SPRINT design process. At the end of the program they’ll showcase the team’s product at the Design Expo to industry representatives (such as Chevron and Micron) and Berkeley Engineering faculty.

Do I qualify for T-PREP?

All incoming Berkeley Engineering community college transfer students are invited to apply for T-PREP. The program focuses on the academic issues facing students from groups who are:

  • Students from Non-Traditional Backgrounds in Engineering
  • First-generation College students (meaning that neither parent has completed a four year degree in the US)
  • Pell Grant Eligible
  • Non-traditionally aged
  • Student Parents
  • U.S. veterans

When is T-PREP offered?

T-PREP is a three-week program, July 28 – August 14, 2020, right before Golden Bear Orientation. You must be available to fully commit to the entire three-week program.

What is the cost of T-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 — T-PREP is free.

How do I apply?

Apply online. T-PREP applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis, so apply early. All students will be notified no later than June 1. 

T-PREP frequently asked questions

Is COVID-19 affecting the T-PREP program in 2020?
Yes, this year’s summer part of the program will be online. We will be having in-person meetings on campus during the year when we are able to begin planning events.

Is there any cost to me to participate in T-PREP?
Participation in T-PREP is completely free of charge.

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. The cohort size is limited to 60 students — therefore, selection is competitive.

Is selection on a first come, first served basis?
T-PREP applicants are admitted on a rolling basis, so it is important to apply early. Each student’s application will be carefully evaluated, be as thorough as possible when answering the application questions.

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?
Incoming students from other universities may apply, but priority will be given to students transferring from California community colleges.

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?
The program is a three-week commitment before the beginning of the semester. You will be expected to participate daily during the entire duration of the program. Daily schedules will be posted before the program begins.

Can I take classes during T-PREP?
No, T-PREP is a full-time commitment.