Student Engagement & Leadership:
What is EOP?
Founded in 1967, due to the efforts of Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, the State University of New York has been firmly committed to the policy of providing access to the 64 campuses and the Educational Opportunity Centers in the SUNY system. Since the inception of the Educational Opportunity Program, more than 40,000 students have received degrees. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) brings closer to fulfillment SUNY's policy that "...every student capable of completing a program of higher education shall have the opportunity to do so."
The Educational Opportunity Program provides academic and financial support to New York State residents with a high school diploma or its equivalent, and who do not meet general admission criteria, but have the academic potential to earn a college degree.
The program, which is designed to provide students with a two or four-year college education, serves students from a variety of circumstances that may present barriers to academic success. Most EOP students are first generation college students. Although each campus program is slightly different, all campuses participating in EOP offer financial aid for room, board, books and expenses. Other services may include:
- diagnostic testing for prospective and admitted students to determine their academic needs
- tutoring services for students who need additional help with their courses
- personal, academic and career counseling to help students adjust to college life
- pre-freshman summer programs with instructional and other supportive services for students entering their first semester
Check out the EOP History video.
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Haggerty Administration Building
Phone: 845-257-3220 or 845-257-3226