Submission Guidelines


For your portfolio to be considered, you must follow the guidelines below and submit your completed portfolio via the form between May 3, 2021, and the deadline of noon EST on July 5, 2021.

Use One File for Submission

Your documents must all be combined in and submitted as one file.


Begin each of the four documents on a new page and organize and label each item as indicated below in the following order:

  1. Item 1: Reflective Letter
  2. Item 2: Research Essay
  3. Item 3: Analysis of a Text
  4. Item 4: Writer’s Choice


Your portfolio must not be longer than 6–12 single-paced pages, including references. Portfolios over 12 single-spaced pages in length will not be read.

Font and Margins

Use single spacing, 12-pt font, and 1-in margins.

Group Work Policy

Your portfolio submission should not include group assignments in which the majority of work was completed by more than just the submitting student.

Accepted File Types and File Size

We accept .doc and .docx files. The only exception to this is: If one of your texts is a multimedia text, you may submit that text as a different file type. Keep audio/video submissions to no more than 8 minutes in length. If the text you choose is not a .doc or .docx file, please attach it to your portfolio submission or include a link to your work (e.g., link to a YouTube video, website, etc.). Note: We cannot accept attachments larger than 20MB.

Anonymous Submission

Your name should not appear anywhere in your portfolio, including the reflective letter. You must also remove all teachers’ marks, grades, and comments.

Avoid Using Sexist Language

Your portfolio should not use sexist language. Miami University’s Department of English follows the National Council of Teachers of English “Guidelines for Nonsexist Use of Language.”

Submission Fee

You will be billed a submission fee to your bursar account. Submission fees for the 21–22 academic year are still being determined. Do not send payment with your portfolio submission. If you earn Miami University credit, you will be charged an additional amount.

Plagiarism Policy

Everything in your portfolio must be your own work. Your portfolio will be evaluated for plagiarism, and if it is found to be plagiarized, you can be charged with academic misconduct per Miami University’s policy (see the Academic Regulations portion of the Undergraduate Student Policies handbook).


After submitting your portfolio, you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please email (without attachments) to inquire about your portfolio’s status. If at that point you still do not receive a reply, please call the English Department office at 513-529-5221 and ask to speak with the Composition Director, Sara Webb-Sunderhaus.