PREP Program

Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science (PREP) 2021 Summer Program

July 7, 2021 – August 12, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Summer Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science (PREP) at Chicago State University.  Tentative dates for the program are Wednesday, July 7, 2021 – Thursday, August 12, 2021.  The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  The PREP Program is designed to make students aware, at an early age, of the professional opportunities in engineering and to convince students to take more mathematics and science as part of their high school course load.  The six week summer program will consist of educational, motivational and recreational activities designed specifically to stimulate interest in math/science that will insure success in an engineering curriculum.  The goal of the PREP Program is to increase awareness of career opportunities in engineering in order to facilitate the selection of an engineering major in college.  The PREP Program is beneficial to students because it provides critical insight into the engineering profession, the demand of an engineering curriculum and what is expected of them academically and socially in college.  Tentatively the program is scheduled to operate in remote settings. 

Please note that due to the shelter in place mandate, the PREP Program may operate in a remote environment. 

Students entering grades 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, or 12 in September 2021 are eligible to apply.  Students who are selected for the PREP Program will participate in:

  • Science, Math, and English/communication courses
  • Hands on engineering projects
  • Field trips to science and engineering corporations.  If the program operates in remote settings, students will participate in virtual field.

We are now accepting applications for the summer program.  The requirements are as follows:

  • Students must have demonstrated proficiency in math/science evidence by submitting a copy of their 2020/2021 elementary school report card or official high school transcript. 
  • Unofficial copy of the most recent standardized test scores. Please photocopy original documents and submit the copied documents with your application package.  All materials become the property of Chicago State University. We will not photo copy or return documents
  • Students must submit two letters of recommendation from their science instructor, math instructor or school counselor.
  • Interview with summer program staff/faculty member.
  • Students must be from an ethnic group historically underrepresented in engineering. 

The final deadline for submission of all application information is Friday, May 8, 2021.  Be sure to complete the entire application and return the letters of recommendations with the application.  Please note each written recommendation letter must be completed by a math and or science instructor.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.   Documents can be faxed to 773-995-4504. 

2021- 2022 Saturday PREP Academy

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