Portfolio Writing Program

The Portfolio Writing Program is open to all first-year students enrolling at Miami in the fall semester. This program is not open to transfer students or students enrolling at Miami in the spring.

Submitting to the Portfolio Writing Program gives you a unique chance to:

  • fulfill the first-year writing requirement (ENG 111) before your freshman year begins;
  • earn 3 credits towards graduation for a lower price;
  • practice the kinds of college-level writing you will encounter at Miami; and
  • expand the selection of courses you can take during your first year of college.

A portfolio is a collection of writing that you select to showcase your writing abilities. For this program, your portfolio should include a range of writing like research-based writing, reflective writing, and textual analysis (see Content Requirements for more info about required portfolio contents). You may choose your own topics and revise your work as much as you like before it will be read and evaluated by Miami University composition instructors.

2023 Portfolio Submission Deadline

For students entering in Fall 2023, Portfolio Writing Program submissions open May 1, 2023, and close at noon EST on June 26, 2023. 

View our Submission Guidelines for information on how to submit your portfolio.

Send inquiries to Destiny Brugman, Director, at portfolio@MiamiOh.edu.

About the Portfolio Writing Program

In 1990, Miami University of Ohio became the first institution of higher education to award students college credit and Advanced Placement based on a collection of their best high school writing. Few universities across the country present first-year students the opportunity to receive credit by submitting a portfolio. Miami’s program is unique, and each year many incoming students participate.

Development of the Portfolio Writing Program

The Portfolio Writing Program was established by Laurel Black, Don Daiker, Jeffrey Sommers, and Gail Stygall to value and encourage high school writing and to provide a fairer way of evaluating it than the standard timed placement examinations. The success of the program owes much of its continuing support to Madelyn Detloff, chair of the English Department; former chairs LuMing Mao, Kerry Powell, Diane Sadoff, C. Barry Chabot and Keith Tuma; Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, College Composition director; and former directors, Jason Palmeri, James Porter, John Tassoni, Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson, Diana Royer, Jennie Dautermann, Mary Fuller, John Heyda, Susan Jarratt, and Max Morenberg.

Five outstanding secondary English teachers helped create the portfolio program. Marilyn Elzey of Talawanda High School in Oxford; D.J. Hammond of Madeira High School in Cincinnati; John Kuehn of Kettering Fairmont High School; Teri Phillips of Mt. Healthy High School; Bob Dizney of Fairfield High School; Teresa McGowan of Hamilton High School; and Penni Meyer and Sharon Rab of Kettering Fairmont High School.

Awards & Recognition

The portfolio program has been supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education. Additional funding has come from the Miami University Center for the Study of Writing, the Ohio Writing Project, and the Follett’s Miami Co-op Bookstore.

We thank all of the dedicated high school English teachers who have given their students the time, opportunity, and motivation to work on the various kinds of writing that a portfolio requires. In both their reflective letters and personal correspondence, participating students frequently share the appreciation they feel for these teachers whose classrooms have made a difference in their lives as writers—and as people.

Most importantly, we thank the thousands of high school students who have worked hard to compile portfolios and who have generously shared their writing with us. Reading their writing has been and continues to be such a pleasure and an honor.