Application form for PREFICS 2011

Computer professionals are in demand in areas such as business, science, engineering, medical technology, research, and entertainment. The Computer Science Department, located in the College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee University, offers a program that prepares students for work in industry and government and for graduate study.

Graduates of the Computer Science Department have gone to pursue such careers as application program­mers, software engineers, system programmers, system analysts, testing engineers, and database administrators. Those who have pursued gradu­ate degrees have re­searched in areas such as software engineering, management information system, telecommunications, and information tech­nology.


PREFICS, which stands for Pre-Freshman In Computer Science, is an eight-week summer program for high school graduates. Selected students will have the opportunity to earn up to 7 credit hours in college level mathe­matics and computer science. These courses will develop and strengthen the students' problem solving and critical reasoning skills - the foundation of com­puter science.

Corporate and Alumni Participation

Each week, guests from the corporate arena or alumni working in various positions in govern­ment and industry will speak with the students on their personal experience and tips for success in college and beyond. There will be field trips to surrounding industrial and government laborato­ries to give the students the real view of projects in which scientists are engaging the area of computer science.

Extracurricular Activities

Organized weekend activities may include game, movie and bowling nights, lunch on the patio and visits to local restaurants. These activities along with the Tuskegee University Technology fee are included in the non-refundable $300 PREFICS Activity Fee.

Cost to the Student

Tuition and Room and Board will be provided free of charge to all participants selected for the program. A non-refundable application fee ($35), books, supplies, travel, PREFICS activity  fee($300),  the Tuskegee University admission fee ($500), and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholastic­ally qualified students who choose to continue their study in Computer Science at Tuskeg­ee University and maintain a B average in the summer program will be eligible for scholar­ships sponsored by the Raytheon, Morgan Stanley and other private organizations. Earning and keeping these awards is very competitive.

How to Qualify?

To be eligible to participate in PREFICS you must fulfill the following requirements:

Tuskegee University Requirements

  • Application for admission to Tuskegee University has been accepted with a major of Computer Science
  • Pay a non-refundable $500 admission fee

Computer Science Department Requirements

  • Have completed at least three (3) years of Mathematics at high school level
  • Pay a non-refundable $35 PREFICS appli­cation fee
  • Return the application form
  • Send an official high school transcript
  • Schedule a telephone interview with a selection committee member

For more information contact:

Cassandra Thomas
Program Coordinator
(334) 727 - 8587 /
Application: April 15, 2011
Acceptance: May 1, 2011
Return completed application, non-refundable application fee, and other required materials to:

 Dr. Hira Narang, Program Director
Computer Science Department
Andrew F. Brimmer Building
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088
(334) 727 - 8593 
Sponsored by
HP, Morgan Stanley, Raytheon and Xerox