The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a New York State sponsored program designed to assist students who show promise and potential for academic success at the college level yet demonstrate both an academic and historical financial need for assistance in order to attend college. EOP is only available to New York State residents.
First-Year EOP Admission to New Paltz*
Admission to the New Paltz EOP program is based on meeting both the academic eligibility requirements and the family financial eligibilty requirements. You must be eligible academically AND financially to be reviewed for EOP admission.
Academic Eligibility Requirements
The Office of Undergraduate Admission will make a determination on your academic eligibility for EOP admission.
You must have a minimum of a 75 cumulative high school average in a college preparatory program.
A college preparatory program is:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of Social Studies
- 3-4 units of mathematics*
- 3-4 units of science (minimum of two units of lab science)
- 2-4 units of a language other than English
-*Mathematics Requirement - You must have taken and passed the following college preparatory level math courses: Algebra I (required) and Geometry or Algebra II/Trigonometry.
- If you are found academically eligible, your application will be forwarded to the EOP Office for a final admission decision.
- If you are found academically ineligible, you will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admission and your application will be reviewed under the admission criteria for general freshman admission.
Fall 2013 EOP Freshman Class Profile
- EOP Class size: 125
- High school average: Middle 50% - 82.6 - 89.0
- SAT (Critical Reading & Mathematics): Middle 50% - 850 - 990
- ACT Composite: Middle 50% - 18 - 21
Financial Eligibility Requirements
The Office of Financial Aid will make a determination on your financial eligibility for EOP admission.
- If you are found financially eligible, the Office of Financial Aid will notify the EOP Office so that a final EOP admission decision can be made..
- If you are found financially ineligible, you will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid and your application will be removed from EOP consideration and will be reviewed under the admission critieria for general freshman admission.
The most recent financial eligibility guidelines can be found online.
Submit your completed New Paltz EOP Family & Financial Questionnaire to the New Paltz EOP Office.
To contact SUNY New Paltz EOP:
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561-2443
(845) 257-3220 (Telephone)
(845) 257-3273 (Fax)
How to apply for EOP
Complete and submit either the:
Please use only ONE application!
What to send with your application:
- Your official high school transcript (we do not accept SOAR transcripts as official).
- Your official SAT or ACT scores (do not send "Student Copies" even if signed by a school official).
- Your personal essay.
- Recommendation from your guidance counselor/college advisor or teacher.
Your transcript, your test scores, your essay, and the recommendations from your guidance counselor/college advisor or teacher can be uploaded with your SUNY application or with your Common Application. Ask your guidance counselor/college advisor to do this when you apply online.
New Paltz Admissions, EOP, and Financial Aid use email as our official method of communication. In order to assure that you receive all communications related to your application, please make sure the e-mail address that you provided on your application is correct. Please add SUNY New Paltz to your address book to avoid e-mails from newpaltz.edu being sent to spam folders.
Transfer EOP Admission to New Paltz*
If you are or have attended another college and have been enrolled in an EOP, HEOP, or SEEK program and are a New York State resident, you may apply for EOP transfer admission.
- Minimum of a 2.75 GPA in all your previous college work.
- Specific requirements for your major as noted in the transfer admission criteria section.
Complete and submit the:
To complete your application:
- Send an official transcript from each college you have attend to the New Paltz Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- Submit an official copy of your high school transcript to verify your New York State residency.
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Send in the New Paltz EOP Transfer Verification Form, which must be completed by the most recent college you have attended.
New Paltz Admissions, EOP, and Financial Aid use e-mail as our official method of communication. In order to assure that you receive all communications related to your application, please make sure the e-mail address that you provided on your application is correct. Please add SUNY New Paltz to your address book to avoid e-mails from newpaltz.edu being sent to spam folders.
*These requirements are for SUNY New Paltz only. Other SUNY, CUNY, and New York independent colleges will have different reqirements for EOP, SEEK, or HEOP.
We encourage you to take a look at the award winning New Paltz EOP program online.