Eligibility and Selection
To qualify for the PREFACE selection process, students must be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall and complete the application process. The PREFACE Selection Committee reviews each application and makes its recommendation to the Project Director.
The selection criteria are based on the applicant's high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of the required essay, and recommendations.
The application and selection process generally takes place at the beginning of each year, with the application deadline generally falling around the end of March. No applications are accepted after the announced deadline. Selection is made during the month of April and selection notification is made by early May.
Annually, the number of applicants far exceeds available funding. The maximum number of participants is 20-22 per session. The program is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents from underrepresented backgrounds.