Maria Muccio

April M. Donahue
Program Advisor

Precious Kafo
Program Advisor

(401) 456-8237


Craig-Lee Hall (CL)

Preparatory Enrollment Program

Mission Statement

The Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP) supports the academic and personal development of first generation college students beginning in their transition to Rhode Island College and throughout their college experience.  PEP places a strong emphasis on first year support services to lay the foundation for student success.  We enhance the college experience by providing holistic programming, which includes:

  • Individualized Advising & Support  
  • Summer Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • First Year Learning Communities
  • Group Advising & Workshops
  • College Major Exploration Series
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Our Legacy

The Preparatory Enrollment Program celebrates a rich history of over 40 years at Rhode Island College of supporting first generation students through their path to graduation.  We are a student-centered program characterized by an environment of diversity, collaboration, and community.  The program is guided by our appreciation and value for the diverse experiences, viewpoints, and backgrounds of students.


In alignment with the mission of Rhode Island College, the Preparatory Enrollment Program provides educational access and opportunity to underrepresented populations of Rhode Island College.  Our goal is to graduate a diverse group of students prepared for success and leadership in the professional realm.

Application Deadline February 1. Financial Aid Deadline March 1.

Questions about the Preparatory Enrollment Program at Rhode Island College

First Year Support Services

To ensure a successful college transition, the program provides accepted students with individual advising, workshops, and academic support beginning in the spring of senior year of high school and throughout the pre-college summer months. During the first year at Rhode Island College, all PEP students will attend regular advising meetings, as well as participate in group activities and workshops.

Spring Pre-College Services: April-May

  • Individual Enrollment Meetings: Students will attend an enrollment meeting in April or May with a PEP advisor to review important first year tasks, including: financial aid, billing, freshman orientation, and registration for summer programming.
  • PEP New Student Orientation:  An orientation for new PEP students will be held in May to inform students about the support services provided by the program.
  • Annual PEP Welcome Dinner: PEP students will have the opportunity to meet and build connections with each other at a Welcome Dinner hosted at Rhode Island College in May. 

Summer Program Services: June-August

  • Summer Pre-College Seminar in Math & Writing: The Pre-College Seminars are led by college faculty.  The goal of the seminars is to help prepare students for the academic expectations of college-level coursework.  
  • First Year Experience Seminar: The seminar is a week-long program designed to provide students with important information regarding programs and majors at the college, general education requirements, and strategies to navigate their first year of college. 
  • Pre-Fall Individual Advising: Students meet with their PEP advisor to review fall course schedules and set goals for the fall semester, as well as discuss any financial aid and/or billing questions.

Academic Year Services: September-May

  • Individual Advising: Throughout the fall and spring semesters students will attend monthly individual advising meetings with their PEP advisors.  During advising we will discuss academic progress and college transition, as well as ensure fulfillment of first year requirements
  • Group Workshops:  We offer workshops in collaboration with campus offices to expose students to the academic resources and support services available at Rhode Island College
  • College Major Exploration Series:  During Wednesday Free Periods the program will host Rhode Island College faculty from a variety of academic departments to discuss college majors and career opportunities.
  • Peer Mentor Network: PEP students, who have completed their first year, are available to serve as mentors to first year students.
  • Textbook and Resource Library: Students may borrow textbooks from the program library, which includes several textbooks and reference material for the courses offered at the college.

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Second Year & Beyond Support Services

We are invested in your success as a student at Rhode Island College, PEP students who have completed their first year are encouraged to remain in contact with the program.  Services and opportunities for upper-class PEP students include:

  • Attending Individual Advising
  • Participating in PEP events, including College Major Exploration Series and FAFSA renewal sessions
  • Serving as part of a Peer Mentor Support Network

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Financial Aid Deadlines

Applicants for the Preparatory Enrollment Program who are eligible for financial aid must submit a completed FAFSA and Rhode Island College Financial Aid Application by March 1 of their senior year to be considered for financial aid.

For questions about financial aid forms and filing deadlines, please contact:

Office of Student Financial Aid
Phone: 401-456-8033

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Application Procedure

Prospective applicants must complete the Common Application and check the appropriate box that indicates an interest in applying to Rhode Island College through the Preparatory Enrollment Program.  All accompanying documents to the Common Application must be submitted by February 1.

For additional questions about the admissions requirements, please contact:

Brian Stevens, Assistant Director
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 401-456-8234

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Program Eligibility

In order to be considered for admission to PEP, applicants must:

  • Complete the Common Application by February 1
  • Not have previously been enrolled in a program of post-secondary education
  • Meet low-income qualifications based on federal guidelines or
  • Be a first generation college student, defined as an individual neither of whose parents (natural or adoptive) do not have a four-year college degree.
  • Demonstrate the need and desire for academic and/or personal support

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Selection Procedure

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up until the February 1 deadline. Prospective students may be asked to attend an interview.  Accepted students will receive an acceptance letter by mail in early spring, and must inform PEP of their intent to enroll by May 1.

For questions regarding enrollment and program services, please contact:

Maria Muccio, Program Coordinator
Office of Student Life, Craig Lee 119
Phone: 401-456-8738

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Policy on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement

Rhode Island College is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. No student, employee, or applicant will be denied admission, employment, or access to programs and activities because of race, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, age, color, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, conviction record, or Vietnam era veteran status. This college policy is in concert with state and federal nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries concerning the College's administration of the nondiscrimination laws should be addressed to the College Affirmative Action Officer.

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Page last updated: Thursday, January 21, 2016