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Prep for Prep

  • Prep for Prep
  • 328 West 71st Street
  • New York, NY 10023
  • 212-579-1390
  • 1978

Program Description

Prep for Prep develops leaders through access to superior education and life-changing opportunities. Since 1978, Prep has identified New York City's most promising students of color and prepared them for placement at independent schools in the city and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers support and opportunities to ensure the academic accomplishment and personal growth of each one of our students. More than 4,400 members of the Prep Community, who are rapidly assuming leadership positions in a wide variety of endeavors, are living proof that the potential for academic and professional success exists in all ethnic groups and socioeconomic classes. Our students, who come from modest backgrounds, succeed at the best independent schools in New York City, the top boarding schools in the country, and the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world.

Success Stories

91% of Prep's 2,435 college graduates have earned their degrees from the most competitive colleges in the country; 36% have graduated from Ivy League schools. The Prep alumni body boasts 14 Fulbright Scholarship recipients, 2 Marshall Scholarship recipients, 2 Rhodes Scholars, 2 Rockefeller Fellows, 2 Truman Scholars, 1 White House Fellow, and 1 Presidential Scholar. Among our alumni who have completed or are pursuing graduate degrees, we count 258 JDs, 172 MBAs, 102 PhDs/EdDs, and 93 MDs. Education and business are the top two career choices of Prep alums. Leading employers of Prep alumni include the NYC Department of Education (63), J.P. Morgan (29), Goldman, Sachs & Co. (17), NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (16), Columbia University (13), and Time Warner Inc. (8).

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 34%
  • Other: 7%
  • African American: 50%

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (151)
  • Harvard College (185)
  • University of Pennsylvania (174)
  • Wesleyan University (191)
  • Yale University (173)