Application Process

Program runs June 4 — July 18, 2019, M-F from 8:20 am to 3:10 pm, at the Orem UVU Campus.

Year 1 Application

The UVU PREP Year 1 Application is open to 6th grade students from the Alpine, Nebo and Provo school districts. The program is FREE to qualifying students. The deadline for the UVU PREP application is January 31st, 2019. In order to be considered for this program please provide the following:

  • Current report card
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Have a 90% or better in mathematics classes
  • 100-150 word essay about why you want to attend UVU PREP
  • Attend Alpine, Nebo, and Provo School Districts
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Year 2 & 3 Application

An email with the Year 2 & Year 3 application link has been sent directly to returning UVU PREP students. If you have not received this email, please call (801) 863-6356 or email madison.hunt@uvu.edu.

Program Handbook

Curriculum

To learn more about the UVU PREP Curriculum, please contact Madison Hunt, UVU PREP Program Coordinator, at madison.hunt@uvu.edu or by phone at (801) 863-6356.

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Year 1

  • Logic and Its
    Application to
    Mathematics
  • Introduction to
    Engineering
  • Problem Solving I
A student working on an electrical system

Year 2

  • Algebraic Structures
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Problem Solving II
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Year 3

  • Introduction to
    Technical Writing
  • Introduction to
    Probability and
    Statistics
  • Computer Science
Students working together on a mechanical activity.

All Students

  • Daily Career Speaker
    Presentations
  • Tech Tuesday
    Workshops
  • Weekly Field Trips

 Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

Who can apply for Year 1?
Current 6th grade students.

What are the requirements to apply for UVU PREP?

  • Current report card
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Have a 90% or better in mathematics classes
  • 100-150 word essay about why you want to attend UVU PREP
  • 6th grade student enrolled in either the Alpine, Nebo, or Provo school districts

When does UVU PREP begin and end?
June 4 — July 18, 2019.

How many days a week is the program?
UVU PREP runs Monday-Friday for 7 weeks.

What time does UVU PREP begin and end each day?
8:20 am to 3:10 pm.

Where is the program held?
UVU Orem Campus.

How much does this program cost
UVU PREP is offered at no cost to the participants.

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 31, 2019.

Attendance

What is the attendance policy?
Each child will be allowed three absences before probable dismal from the program.

Can my child miss days of UVU PREP to go to other camps (church camps, sports camps, etc.) or family vacations?
No, UVU PREP’s intensive curriculum moves quickly and students will fall behind if they miss even one day.

What if my child has been absent three days and then gets sick?
It is best to save the absences for family emergencies and sicknesses.

Class Prep

Your child should bring with him/her everyday:

  • Completed homework
  • a lunch if they don't want to eat the one provided
  • a pencil
  • backpack to carry materials.

Courses

What courses will my student be taking?

Year One students:

  • Logic and Its Application to Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Problem Solving I

Year Two students:

  • Algebraic Structures
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Problem Solving II

Year Three students:

  • Introduction to Technical Writing
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Computer Science

All students will participate in daily Career Awareness Seminars & Soft Skill lessons, Tech Tuesday workshops, and weekly field trips

Homework

Will there be homework and how often?
Expect homework every night in every class. Homework should take 30 minutes to an hour per class.

Will I be able to help my student with their homework?
Because the homework is advanced math and science, we cannot guarantee that all parents will be able to help their children. We HIGHLY recommend the student take notes in class to take home both for homework help and to study.

What happens if my child does not complete a homework assignment?
After the third missed or incomplete homework assignment, the student will miss the upcoming Friday field trip and will stay at UVU campus in a study hall from 8:20 am until 12:00 pm where they can receive the help that they need to catch up.

Teacher Recomendation

What is a “teacher recomendation”?
Each student applying for Year 1 is required to submit a teacher’s name, email address, and phone number into a survey (link provided on website). This teacher will receive an email with a link to a survey, in which they will rate the student regarding academic performance, conduct in class, willingness to participate in class, maturity, punctuality, eagerness to learn new things, etc.

Transportation

You are responsible to provide transportation to and from UVU PREP each day for your child.

What is a “Zero Tolerance” policy?

A strict policy on obedience and cooperation is maintained. This means your child will be dismissed from the program for any of the following: cheating, bullying, disrespectful behavior, disregard for written or verbal rules, etc. Please refer to the Student Parent Handbook for more information. 

History of UVU PREP

In 1979, Dr. Manuel P. Berriozabal, a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, founded the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), to identify high achieving middle and high school students with the potential and interest in becoming scientists and engineers. After seven years, PREP expanded accross Texas and became known as TexPREP. The program has successfully developed into a nationally recognized organization known as PREP USA. Following the award-winning curriculum of PREP USA, Utah Valley University introduced UVU PREP in June 2013.