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Maria Muccio

April M. Donahue
Program Advisor

(401) 456-8237


Craig-Lee Hall (CL)

Preparatory Enrollment Program

Mission Statement

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 opportunity to underrepresented populations at Rhode Island College with the goal of graduating 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

Program Eligibility

In order to be considered for admission to the Preparatory Enrollment Program, applicants must:
  • Be a RI resident with an expected high school graduation date prior to the proceeding Fall semester
  • Complete the Common Application by February 1st
  • Not have previously enrolled in a program of post-secondary education
  • Meet low-income qualifications based on federal guidelines
  • Be a first-generation-to-college student
  • Demonstrate the need and desire for academic support

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Program Services

Preparatory Enrollment Program student support services are provided during the spring of senior year of high school, the summer prior to fall semester, and continue throughout the 1st year of enrollment at Rhode Island College. Our objective is to ensure that PEP students experience 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 – The 5-week Spring Component includes a Student Orientation, English and Math Placement Testing, and a Pre-College Seminar Series in Critical Thinking and Writing led by Rhode Island College professors. Students must successfully complete the Spring Component to enroll in the Summer Session.
  • Residential Summer Program – The 6-week Summer Program is a unique opportunity for incoming PEP students to live on the Rhode Island College campus, enroll in credit-bearing college classes in preparation for fall semester, and interact with the Rhode Island College community. First year enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of the Summer Program.
  • First Year Services
    • Individual Advising: Throughout the Fall and Spring semester students will attend individual advising meetings on a regular basis to share academic progress, discuss college transition, and ensure fulfillment of 1st year requirements
    • Group Meetings – The program hosts workshops in collaboration with campus offices to expose students to the resources and academic and personal support systems available at Rhode Island College
  • Cultural & Social Events – Opportunities for PEP students to participate in community service opportunities, attend local cultural events, and meet for group social gatherings will be offered throughout the summer and academic year.

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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 College campus and to maintain themselves in good standing with the Office of Residential Life
  • Work Restrictions – It is expected that PEP students commit their time to academics and campus life. Students must receive approval from PEP staff prior to seeking employment.
  • Program Attendance Requirements – Students are required to attend all individual advising appointments and group meetings as scheduled
  • Academic & 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.

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Financial Aid Requirements

All applicants for the Preparatory Enrollment Program 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 for enrollment through the Preparatory Enrollment Program.

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.

For additional 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 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.

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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Selection Procedure

Applications will be reviewed on a 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. Students selected for the Preparatory Enrollment Program must notify the College of their intent to enroll by March 21th.

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Notice of Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination

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, 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: September 29, 2014