UCLA Premedical Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) 2019 Students

A unique and free program

UCLA Pre-Medical Enrichment Program

The PREP Program for Premeds

UCLA PREP is a unique, free (no tuition cost) program.

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PREP provides premedical students with the means to strengthen their ability and readiness to study medicine. Full participation in the PREP program allows participants to enhance their chances of being accepted to medical school and succeeding once there.

Student Eligibility

Students are eligible for UCLA PREP if they have not previously applied to medical school. Community college students, non-California residents, and post-baccalaureate students are eligible to apply.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background.
  • Applicants must be U.S citizens, hold a permanent residency or have documentation of approved eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of California
  • Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA
  • Applicants should have not taken the MCAT before June 15, 2022
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a science professor and one from a counselor/premedical advisor or employer/internship recommend participation in the PREP program
  • Demonstrated interest in addressing issues affecting underserved populations in healthcare.
  • Compelling personal statement


Summer 2022 Programs

Campus health and safety precautions

In addition to UC’s vaccination requirement, the campus has implemented a number of health and safety protocols designed to keep the Bruin community safe this fall. For a full list of these protocols, see our UCLA COVID protocols page.

All Students participating in SHPEP, PREP, and RAP are expected to comply with the UC health and safety protocols to participate in our programs.

Please see current precautions, requirements, and information for students.

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Important dates

December 1, 2022 - Online application opens

March 31, 2023 - Application deadline

April 22, 2023 - Decision released

Final program dates

July 24, 2023 - August 18, 2023

  • Move-in: July 22, 2023
  • Move-out: August 19, 2023

PREP program Information

Academic and Advising Component

Participants will engage in an extensive and lively curriculum. Throughout the program, students will be able to obtain highly focused information to become competitive applicants. Through MCAT strategies, Personal Statement workshops, Practice Interviews, Financial Planning, Application Procedures & Strategies, Interviewing Skills, and Networking.

This invaluable experience allows PREP students to interact with established DGSOM Staff, Faculty, and Students who will give them more insight into the Medical school admissions process as well as student life and medical school curriculum. Students will project themselves into a variety of roles and will make more realistic self-evaluations of their own motivation and intentions surrounding their career choice. In addition, mentorship relationships will be developed from these experiences.

Note: UCLA PREP is not a test preparation program and applicants are advised that independent study time is limited

Financial and Housing Assistance

Stipend and Housing (including meals) options will be available to our participants. The amount may vary depending on funding availability. There is no tuition fee or application costs to participate in the program.


PREP Program FAQs

PREP Participants can choose to either receive a stipend at the end of the program or get pre-arranged housing (including meals). Housing arrangements will be a double-room occupancy shared with one other participant. Housing will be located at one of the UCLA Dorms.

Students who have a GPA that is slightly lower than 2.8 (for Juniors and Seniors), but have demonstrated a strong interest in the Medical profession, are encouraged to apply.


Students can only participate in the program once.

A maximum of 40 students are accepted to participate every summer.

PREP's curriculum covers MCAT components and general test-taking skills.

Unofficial transcripts are accepted during the application process.  Only admitted students are required to send official transcripts.

Yes. PREP requires current transcripts for each application year.

Yes. An official transcript is required from each U.S., U.S. territorial, and Canadian institution at which you have attempted coursework.

An applicant may submit either last year’s form or complete the FAFSA form.

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Pre-Health Virtual Office Hours and Guidance Appointments

Have questions? Connect with our staff to learn about DGSOM medical tracks, pre-health summer programs, and postbacc programs.

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Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs

***The Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs will be closed during the UCLA Winter Closure from Dec. 23, 2022 through Jan. 2, 2023.*** 

Location: Geffen Hall, Suite 305
Main Number: (310) 825-3575
Email: UCLAPrep@mednet.ucla.edu