2019-2020 Catalog

Preparatory Enrollment Program

The Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP) serves a select number of first-generation or low-income students who demonstrate the potential for academic success and persistence. Program services support the intellectual and social development of students by providing academic instruction and tutoring, faculty mentoring, a peer support network, workshops, learning communities and individual advising. PEP is a student-centered program characterized by an environment of diversity, cooperation and community.

Student support services begin during the spring and summer months, prior to freshman year. All students participate in a five-week Spring Pre-College Seminar Series led by Rhode Island College faculty, which exposes and engages students in college-level coursework. During the summer, students participate in a First Year Experience Seminar and attend individual advising meetings with their PEP advisor. Throughout freshman year PEP students receive individualized support and guidance to ensure a successful personal and academic transition to college. Students also have the opportunity to participate in study halls, learning communities, group workshops with campus offices and a peer mentoring program.

Prospective PEP applicants must complete the Common Application and indicate an interest in applying to PEP by February 1. The selection process involves a review of academic records, standardized test scores, a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Some students selected for final consideration may be invited to participate in a personal interview. In order to be considered for financial aid, applicants must also complete the FASFA and the Rhode Island College Financial Aid Application by March 1.