Scholastic Enhancement Program

The Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP), offered through the Rinella Learning Center, provides academic and personal guidance for participating students to ensure completion of their degree program through the development of an educational plan that meets their individual needs. All programs and services are facilitated in cooperation with faculty and staff campus wide.

SEP students take part in these services:

  • Special admission for participating students on the conditional agreement that they take part in the Scholastic Enhancement Program and satisfactorily follow through on that commitment.
  • Early contact with faculty, staff, and successful upper class students who can provide personal support, advice, and assistance.
  • Assessment of skill levels in mathematics, reading, writing, and academic skills followed by required participation in improvement programs/activities.
  • Peer group activities that are designed to build social and personal friendships that will serve the student in times of stress.
  • Early advising and special course selection that will build academic skill levels and abilities.
  • Exposure to successful role models in and outside the university on a continuing basis.
  • Supplemental instruction in specific courses using faculty and/or selected and trained upper class students.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is a student selected to participate in the Scholastic Enhancement Program?

Students are selected based on their application materials. The criteria used to select students includes:

  • High school grades in academic subjects
  • Class rank
  • ACT/SAT test scores
  • High school academic program
  • Essay
  • Recommendation from high school counselor/teacher
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • A declared major

Some or all of these factors contribute to students’ selection into the program.

What are the requirements for participation in the program?

Based on a student’s admission status to the university, participation in the Scholastic Enhancement Program is mandatory. Students will be required to work with the Scholastic Enhancement Program for a minimum of two years. Program coordinators will assist in the development of an educational plan that will provide students with the opportunity for successful academic achievement at Miami.

Requirements may include:

  • Attending regularly scheduled meetings with program coordinators
  • Attending all scheduled activities
  • Following a balanced course load
  • Accepting a schedule of courses
  • Consulting with the SEP office prior to making course or program changes
  • Utilizing tutoring in selected courses
  • Participating in other specific academic support programs based on an assessment of skills and/or needs
  • Maintaining consistent class attendance as well as satisfactory academic performance

Who else will know that I am participating in this program?

Outside of the Learning Center, the only other individuals who will be made aware of your status in the program will be faculty, staff, and those individuals who may provide you with additional services. These may include academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, etc.

Will participation in the program mean I will be separated from other students?

No. One of the unique features of this program is that it is structured to assist you through the established services already in place at the university. As a first-year student, you will either live in a residence hall or commute from home. Upper class SEP students have the same off-campus living options as the general student population.

Will participation in this program prevent me from getting involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, Greek life, student government, and other student activities?

No. The Scholastic Enhancement Program is designed to bridge academics and extracurricular activities. We recognize that both contribute to the development of the intellect. We help facilitate your ability to do both while progressing toward your goal of graduation.

What will happen if I do not adhere to the program guidelines once I am enrolled?

If you disregard the requirements of the Scholastic Enhancement Program, you will be violating the terms of your admission to the university. As a result, evaluations will be made to determine whether the Scholastic Enhancement office will place a registration hold on your record. This will prevent you from registering for future Miami courses. This measure is to ensure your commitment to and success in the program.

What are my next steps?

Since the basis of the program is to develop an educational plan that meets your individual needs, it is difficult to be specific. In general, however, you will be required to do the following:

  • Accept the offer of admission by confirming your intent to enroll.
  • Complete the SEP assessment instruments in reading, writing, and learning skills.
  • Attend the Summer Orientation Program.
  • Meet with the SEP coordinators during Summer Orientation to review your assessment results and determine your educational plan.
  • Enroll in EDL 110, “The University and the Student,” a one-credit hour orientation course to the university and its resources.
  • Agree that information regarding your progress may be shared with your parents/guardians.
  • Agree to meet with the SEP coordinators at least three times each semester to review progress.
  • Agree to attend all classes regularly and notify the SEP office prior to making any changes to your course schedule.
  • Adhere to the SEP guidelines, which may include a specific schedule of courses, a limited course load, tutoring, meetings, activities, etc.

Will I be able to take regular academic classes?

Absolutely! Remember, the goal of the program is to aid you in completing your chosen degree program. You cannot achieve such a goal without fulfilling the academic requirements for a degree. However, based on the assessment of your skills, it will be essential for you to secure additional help for certain classes. This may be accomplished through individual tutoring and/or supplemental instruction.

What will the assessment of my skills involve?

To determine your educational plan, you will be required to complete several program assessments covering your writing, reading, mathematics, and learning skills. SEP staff will discuss the results with you. The test scores will then be used in the development of your course schedule.

These assessments are generally administered during Summer Orientation and/or at the start of the fall semester. Foreign language and math placement test results are also needed to help you select the most appropriate classes in these subjects.

Additional Program Option:

Undergraduate Research Option URO/FYRE

We offer a unique opportunity for SEP students to participate in a first-year research experience. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor to work on a research project. Participation in URO is optional. For more information, visit

Rinella Learning Center

The Scholastic Enhancement Program is one of five units of the Rinella Learning Center within the Division of Student Affairs. This office provides services designed to ensure access to university programs and curriculum.

Support staff work with faculty and other university and community resources to ensure that reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations are available.

Miami University
Rinella Learning Center
301 South Campus Avenue, Room 14
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: 513-529-5528
Fax: 513-529-8799