Pre-College Programs

The College of Engineering and Science at the University of Detroit Mercy has a long history of serving students from the metro Detroit area in its pre-college programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

Summer programs

University of Detroit Mercy offers a variety of summer programs that allow participants to explore science, technology, engineering and math through the most current methods of innovation with fun, hands-on, and engaging activities that will challenge and delight young minds for a summer filled with vision and imagination! Go to Summer Programs site.

DAPCEP (Detroit-Area Pre-College Engineering Program)

DAPCEP is a non-profit, Detroit-based organization whose mission is to increase the number of historically under-represented minority students who are interested in and prepared to enter the fields of engineering and science. Five-week Saturday enrichment classes in the fall and spring for students in the 4th through 12th grades focusing on engineering, math, computers and science. UDM's oldest pre-college program, DAPCEP started in 1982. See the DAPCEP Programs at UDM

Technology Discovery Day

Also known as Tech Day or TDD, this fall on-campus event is for Detroit-area high school teachers and students. Engineering and science displays and science-based competitions are among the highlights. See the Tech Day site.


University of Detroit Mercy is proud to be part of ReBUILDetroit, the first program of its kind, which offers intensive training for students interested in pursuing academic, research or industry careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences. From your freshman year on, ReBUILDetroit Scholars experience the excitement of scientific discovery through direct participation in research while preparing for graduate school onto career paths in exciting and in-demand biomedical disciplines.

FIRST Robotics

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national organization whose mission is to excite high school students about engineering and technology through its national robotics competition. Since 1997, UDM College of Engineering & Science has sponsored and mentored a FIRST team. In 2006, we reunited with our first FIRST team at University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit. 

The College primarily supports its FRC team with the use of our machine shop, a machinist, enough space to accommodate a full-sized field, and the support of engineering faculty.

Contact us

For further information about pre-college engineering and science programs at UDM, please contact us.