Maria Muccio

April M. Donahue
Program Advisor

(401) 456-8237


Craig-Lee Hall (CL)

Preparatory Enrollment Program

Mission Statement

The Preparatory Enrollment Program will retain and graduate a select number of low-income or first-generation students who demonstrate a potential for academic excellence. The program supports the intellectual and social development of students by providing academic instruction and tutoring, faculty mentoring, a peer support network, workshops, and individual advising. 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 of preparing and supporting first-generation and low-income students in their path to college graduation.


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:
  • Complete the Common Application by February 1st
  • Be a RI resident with a projected high school graduation date prior to fall enrollment
  • Not have previously enrolled in a program of post-secondary education
  • Meet low-income qualifications based on federal guidelines
  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Demonstrate the need and desire for academic support

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Program Services

Student support services begin during the spring prior to fall enrollment and continue through the summer session.  Throughout their first year students at Rhode Island College PEP students receive individualized support and guidance to ensure a successful transition equipped with the necessary academic and personal skills to persist and graduate from Rhode Island College.

Spring Component

  • The 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 Faculty.

Summer Support Services

  • Summer Course Enrollment: Students will have the opportunity to satisfy a General Education Requirement through enrollment in a summer session course before the fall of their freshman year.
  • First Year Experience Seminar: Students will attend workshops that foster a successful first year transition and provide an opportunity to learn about the support services and academic resources available to Rhode Island College Students.

Academic Year Support Services

  • Individual Advising: Throughout the Fall and Spring semester students will attend individual advising meetings on a weekly basis to share academic progress, discuss college transition, and ensure fulfillment of 1st year requirements
  • Workshops:  The program hosts workshops in collaboration with campus offices to expose students to the academic resources and support services available at Rhode Island College
  • Faculty Mentors:  Students will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by faculty at Rhode Island College to help them through the process of transitioning to college and understanding the academic nature of the institution. 
  • Peer Mentor Network – PEP students who have completed their first year at RIC will serve as mentors to the first year PEP students throughout their freshman year of college. 
  • Textbook and Resource Library – PEP students may borrow textbooks from the program library, which includes several textbooks and reference material for the courses offered at RIC. 

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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 to be considered for financial aid.

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. Students selected for the Preparatory Enrollment Program will receive notification by mail in early spring and must inform the College of their intent to enroll by late April.

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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: January 6, 2015