Preparatory Enrollment Program
The Preparatory Enrollment Program admits, retains, and graduates a select number of low-income, first-generation students who demonstrate a potential for academic excellence and would benefit from additional academic support. The program supports the intellectual, cultural, and social development of participants by providing academic instruction and tutoring, a residential experience, advising sessions, and professional development opportunities. We are a student-centered program characterized by an environment of diversity, cooperation, and community.
The Preparatory Enrollment Program celebrates a rich history of over 40 years on the Rhode Island College Campus preparing and supporting first-generation and low-income students in their pursuit of college graduation. The program began as administrators recognized the importance of engaging and mentoring students in their transition to college life. The benefit of the PEP program can be seen in the successes of program alumni.
In alignment with the mission of Rhode Island College, the Preparatory Enrollment Program will provide educational access and academic opportunity to underrepresented populations in higher education to graduate a diversified group of students prepared for success and leadership in the professional realm.
Questions about the Preparatory Enrollment Program at Rhode Island College
- Program Eligibility
- Program Services
- Requirements of 1st Year PEP Students
- Financial Aid Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Selection Procedure
- Notice of Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination
Program EligibilityIn order to be considered for admission to the Preparatory Enrollment Program, applicants will:
- Be a Rhode Island resident with an expected high school graduation date prior to the proceeding Fall semester
- Not have previously enrolled in a program of post-secondary education
- Complete the Common Application by February 1st
- Meet low-income qualifications based on federal guidelines
- Demonstrate the need and desire for academic support
PEP student support services begin spring of senior year of high school, continue in the summer program prior to fall semester, and throughout the 1st year experience. The objective is to ensure that students have a successful transition to college and are equipped with the necessary academic and personal skills to persist and graduate from Rhode Island College.
- Spring Component – Students will attend five sessions on the RIC campus during April and May to learn about PEP and their responsibilities as a 1st year college student
- 6 Week Summer Program – This is a unique opportunity for students to live on the Rhode Island Collge campus, enroll in college classes for credit in preparation for fall semester, and interact with the community of incoming PEP students
- Residential Experience – During the Summer Program all students will live in the dorm community so that they can experience and familiarize themselves with college life
- Individual Advising – Each student will have an advisor to meet with on a regular basis to ensure fulfillment of 1st year requirements
- 1st Year Group Meetings – To encourage the importance of peer support and learning, 1st year PEP students will have regular group meetings
- Cultural Activities – During the summer program, students will have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities
- Social Events – Regularly scheduled opportunities to socialize and share college experiences will be scheduled throughout the academic year
Requirements of 1st Year PEP Students
In order to ensure a successful 1st year academic experience, the following requirements must be adhered to by all PEP students:
- Residential Requirement – Students are required to live on the Rhode Island Campus and to maintain themselves in good standing with the Office of Residence Life
- Work Restrictions – It is expected that PEP students commit their time to academics and campus life. Seeking off campus employment without prior approval from PEP staff is cause for program dismissal
- Individual Advising Sessions – Students will schedule weekly meetings with their advisor to discuss essential 1st year topics related to academics, campus resources, and long-term goal planning
- Group Meetings – The program will schedule opportunities to meet and share 1st year experiences with fellow PEP students
- Academic & Student Conduct Standards –Due to the selective nature and scholarship of the program, students will be held to a high standard of behavior. Adherence to the Rhode Island College academic and student conduct policy is essential, failure to adhere to College standards will jeopardize program enrollment.
Financial Aid Requirements
All incoming PEP students must complete the FASFA and the Rhode Island College Financial Aid Application by March 1st of their senior year. Admitted students who do not complete the financial aid requirements will not be eligible to participate in the PEP summer component and will forfeit their acceptance to PEP.
Rhode Island College provides you with the best possible financial support. All costs of the PEP Spring Session and Summer Program are paid for by Rhode Island College. If you are recommended for enrollment in the fall, your financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, will be met 100 percent through grants for your 1st year of study.
Prospective PEP applicants must complete the Common Application and check the appropriate box that indicates an interest in applying to PEP. All accompanying documents to the Common Application must be submitted by the February 1st deadline.
Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis up until the February 1st deadline. Please be aware that incomplete applications or late applications will not be considered for admission. The selection committee will chose a number of students to be invited for an interview. Students will be notified of acceptance after the interview process. If a student is selected for PEP, the student must notify the College of their intent to enroll by March 21th.