College Preparatory Program
In order to be eligible to enroll in the College Program, students must hold either a high school diploma or GED. For a broad range of reasons, most new students are not yet prepared to do college-level work when they first enter the program. Thus, most spend one to two years in the College Preparatory Program before beginning college credit courses. All students take an assessment in math and writing to determine the best placement for them.
PUP enrolls 75 men in the College Preparatory Program each semester, three semesters per year. The College Preparatory math program consists of a two-semester developmental mathematics course, called Math 50, and one semester of elementary algebra. The College Preparatory English program consists of a two-semester reading and writing course, called English 99, that prepares students to do college level work across the disciplines.
Using an intensely student-centered model of education, the College Preparatory program allows students to spend time in a supportive yet challenging classroom environment. Students may repeat any semester of the College Preparatory program as needed.
The College Preparatory Program also includes a teacher training component, in which volunteer instructors participate in pre-semester training workshops, as well as mentoring and supervision throughout the semester.