The principal mission of the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Cortland is to provide access and support to students with strong academic and personal potential, students who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of academic under preparation and economic disadvantage.
Once enrolled, the EOP family at SUNY Cortland shares in the student’s dedication to success. This is accomplished by being a full member in our community, enjoying the benefit of the full resources available including academic support, counseling, and monetary aid, and affirming that achievement for us transcends maintaining just passing grades. We aim higher…
We provide a path for the potential scholar.
In addition, EOP students receive financial aid to help with the cost of room, board, tuition, books and personal expenses.
To be eligible for admission to EOP you must be:
In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are the first generation to attend college. If in the year prior to enrollment your family income falls within EOP guidelines due to unemployment, separation, divorce or death of a parent, etc., you may still not qualify for EOP if you are not from an historically disadvantaged background.
EOP provides strong academic support and significant financial aid support, as well as personal contact with EOP counselors. EOP students enroll in the same course work as traditionally admitted students. EOP students have additional resources at their disposal, such as:
Enrollment in and successful completion of the Summer Institute (SI) is a requirement for all new, entering SUNY Cortland EOP freshmen. The SI generally lasts five weeks and during that time you will make the transition from your high school experience to becoming a SUNY Cortland freshman student.
You will live in a residence hall, eat in a dining facility, and attend classes. A dedicated Residential Staff including returning SUNY Cortland students will live in your residence hall. Instructional Tutors will attend classes with you and provide you with one on one tutoring in courses you are taking during the SI. Spending several weeks at SUNY Cortland during the summer will closely approximate the daily schedule necessary for high achievement as a SUNY Cortland student.
Other than the cost of personal daily living expenses and travel to and from the Summer Institute, it will cost you nothing. EOP will pay for your lodging, food, books and classes during the SI.
Only complete applications are considered for admission to the program. All financial documentation requests must be met or your application will be considered incomplete.
You are eligible for EOP as a transfer student provided you have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) or a similar program at your previous college. If your previous college did not have an EOP or similar program, you may be considered for transfer eligibility and should notify the college to which you are transferring.