Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP)

PEP Students

First-Year Support Services 

PEP provides you with a comprehensive program of support and advising that will enhance your experience as a first year student. Our approach is student-centered and focuses on your strengths and goals. We value you who you are as a student and individual and incorporate that approach into all of our program services and activities.

First-Year Academic Services

  • Individual Advising: You will attend regular meetings with your PEP advisor from September-May to ensure fulfillment of first-year requirements and tp discuss your academic progress as a first year student. We will work together to identify resources and strategies that will enhance your success and experience as a student
  • Computer Lab: We welcome students to use our computer lab and printing area in the Student Support Services Office (Craig-​Lee 049)
  • College Major Exploration Series: During Wednesday Free Periods in spring semester, PEP hosts faculty from a variety of academic departments to discuss majors and career opportunities
  • Wednesday Programming: Every Wednesday join the PEP community for a series of events led by the PEP peer leaders
  • Peer Mentor Network: PEP students who have completed their first year will be invited to apply to serve as PEP peer leader
  • Textbook and Resource Library: We have Math textbooks and calculators available for borrow in our program resource area

Support Beyond Your First-Year

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:

  • Access to Individual Advising and Support
  • Participation in PEP events, including College Major Exploration Series, Wednesday Free Period Events, and FAFSA Friday's during FAFSA renewal time
  • Opportunity to serve as a Peer Leader for the first year PEP community. Peer Leaders plan Wednesday Free Period Events and serve as tutors and assistants during the Summer Bridge Program


“PEP is supportive. You can find the support you need here. I find PEP just as help as the advisor that I meet with to lift my hold. I feel comfortable here. I can use the resources that are offered. I feel welcomed and appreciated, like I can be myself and I do not have to fit into a box.” 
- PEP Student since 2016



Have questions about the program or would like to enroll? Contact our Project Director, Precious Kafo.

Summer Transition Program

Spring Session

April & May during Senior Year

Individual Enrollment Meeting

Students meet one-on-one with a PEP advisor to review important transition and first-year tasks, including financial aid, billing, new student orientation, and registration for spring and summer programming. Students may bring a parent or guardian to the enrollment meeting. The meeting is an opportunity for PEP to learn more about you as a student, and for you to ask any questions you may have.


Late June

PEP Student Orientation

Students will participate in a 3-day orientation program specifically designed for and led by the PEP community. The third day of orientation will focus on community building.

Summer Bridge Program

End of June through the first week of August

The Summer Bridge program is funded by Rhode Island College, and is at no cost to the student. 


  • COLL 150 Course – This 3-credit course is designed to use leadership theory and experiential learning as guiding pedagogical practices to help students reflect on who they are and who they want to be. Students will have the opportunity to frame and define what leadership, education, and success means for them
  • Math 010 or Math 120  – Based on the Math Placement results, students will have the option of enrolling in Math 010 or 120 at no cost.  PEP will provide the textbooks and materials for the Math courses
  • Pre-Fall Advising - Students meet with their PEP advisor to review fall course schedules and set goals, as well as discuss financial aid and/or billing questions
  • PEP Community Events  - The PEP community is an integral part of the student experience.  During the summers you will participate in community meetings, the Annual Summer BBQ, A Legacy Luncheon Event, and team building activities
Rhode Island College entrance

Precious Kafo

Project Director II


Student Support Services