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The goal of the Houston Prefreshman Enrichment Program (Houston PREP) is to enhance the academic backgrounds of socially and economically disadvantaged students at the middle and high school level. Our curriculum focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses in order to improve student’s comprehension in these topics and emphasize the importance of STEM fields in today’s world. Houston PREP is directed toward the reinforcement of the normal pre-college mathematics instructional program by discussing college-level topics not offered in high school or middle school. Program participants agree to commit themselves to six weeks of intellectually demanding classes.

The four-year successive summer program consists of the following components:

First Year

  • Engineering
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving
  • Enrichment
  • Computer Science

Second Year

  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Algebraic Structure
  • Problem Solving
  • Computer Science

Third Year

  • Probability and Statistics
  • SAT Preparatory
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Technical Writing

Fourth Year

  • SAT
  • Robotics

The curriculum of Houston PREP has been approved for high school elective credit (one to three units) by the Texas Education Agency. In addition, students graduating from Houston PREP are eligible for scholarships at UHD.

During the summer an average of 300 students attended Houston PREP, among whom, over 80% were female or from an underrepresented minority group.

Houston PREP is part of the successful TexPREP initiative of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). During 31 years of existence, we have enrolled more than 6,000 students in the program. In our most recent follow-up survey of college-age PREP participants, of those who responded, their high school graduation rate is 99.9%. In this surveyed group, 94% are college students or college graduates; over 49% of them are enrolled in STEM fields.

Houston PREP • University of Houston-Downtown • 722-S • One Main Street • Houston, TX 77002 • 713-221-8686 •

Last updated 5/16/2021 5:46 PM