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PREP-ME helps freshman students get ahead

Thanks to PREP-ME (Preparation for Majoring in Engineering), a group of incoming freshmen students have the chance to polish their math and science skills before starting fall classes. The program is just one of many offered by Summer College, a collection of free workshops aiming to ease the transition from high school to college through enrichment programs in key subjects and introductions to campus life and university resources.

PREP-ME, now in its fourth year, is offered under the auspices of the College of Engineering’s Minority Recruitment and Retention Program (MERRP). Students meet for five weeks and attend two or three classes every day. “The students we target have the talent and potential to do well,” said Gerald Smith, MERRP’s director, “but the academic pace at college is stepped up, and these students are typically coming in with three, rather than four, years of high school math. PREP-ME prepares them for success by helping them stay on track with the college’s demanding sequence of core courses.” This summer’s program is expected to enroll between thirty-two and thirty-four students and will have a student/instructor ratio of 6 to 1.

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