Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers college access and support to talented students whose educational and economic circumstances have severely limited their college educational opportunities.

The program consists of the CPMC Pre-freshman Summer Program, the counseling unit, academic services, the financial aid stipend, and a research/evaluation component.

EOP provides direct services to about 1,000 students; however, its contributions enhance the overall quality of life for the entire UB community in areas that span the academic, personal, and social arenas of student life.

Participants in the University at Buffalo EOP have been identified as talented students with enormous potential who simply need the chance to bring that potential to fruition. The students must meet the same rigorous standards of performance as every other student who graduates from the University at Buffalo. EOP simply affords them the chance to take advantage of the opportunities the University at Buffalo has to offer.

EOP provides students with the advice, guidance, and support to help their potential materialize into academic success and their aspirations become reality. EOP counselors provide students with academic advising; personal, social, and financial counseling; and a host of advocacy-type supportive services.

Past and present program participants have shown themselves to be a prestigious group of students. They are involved in leadership activities in every facet of the university. They are members of the Dean’s List and honor societies, and are recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges as well as SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners.

Information about EOP is available by contacting the Director, EOP Program, University at Buffalo, 208 Norton Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1800, 716-645-3072.

Freshman EOP Admission

The University at Buffalo is committed to providing access to higher education for all capable students. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides an avenue for admission and means of support for talented students who have not yet reached their academic potential due to barriers in their educational, economic or personal background. Applicants must be New York State residents who demonstrate a need for financial support. Supportive services, such as counseling and tutoring, and financial assistance are offered to students who qualify for EOP admission.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must meet both the university’s EOP academic criteria and the financial guidelines mandated by the State of New York. Further information about these guidelines and about applying for admission may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Transfer EOP Admission

Transfer students who were enrolled in an EOP/HEOP, SEEK, College Discovery or other EOP-type program at their previous colleges are eligible to transfer into the Educational Opportunity Program at UB. Applicants from a City University of New York (CUNY) school will be considered if they were deemed eligible for such a program but were not selected because of the lottery system.

EOP transfer applicants must have a minimum of 12 completed credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall. It is expected that 24 credit hours will have been completed prior to enrollment.

To apply for EOP admission, click here and choose either the SUNY application or the Common Application. Please see the EOP Financial Eligibility Guidelines to learn more about income qualification.

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