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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Far too many people who start college will not graduate. We believe our students can start college and finish strong! Degree completion is greatly encouraged through consistent institutional support coupled with a student’s tenacity. If you're ready to give your college education 100%, we will do the same. That is a winning combination!


Percentage of EOP students that graduate within 4 years

By the Numbers

An average of 240 students benefit from EOP each year.

About EOP

ACCESS MATTERS. EOP begins as a special admission program, opening the door to higher education for students who might not otherwise have a chance to pursue their college dream. Although EOP applicants do not meet general admissions criteria due to historic academic or economic disadvantage, they demonstrate the highest levels of personal motivation and are receptive to engaging support.

SUPPORT MATTERS. EOP provides academic, personal and financial support to New York state residents who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, and who have the academic potential to earn a college degree. Our support does not replace campus services; instead, we offer support above and beyond that which the college is already providing to our students.

OUR HISTORY MATTERS. EOP at SUNY Plattsburgh has been providing access to higher education and support to program students since 1969. That’s nearly 50 years of supporting students! The program has given thousands of students the opportunity to earn a college degree, which ultimately creates a brighter future for individuals, families and communities.

Despite popular belief, most people in the United States do not have a college degree.

EOP Admission Requirements

It is important to understand that meeting eligibility requirements does not provide entitlement or automatic admission. We receive thousands of applications each year for a limited number of seats in the program. Because the need for EOP far exceeds the capacity for enrollment, priority is given to students whose life pattern is one of historical economic and cultural disadvantage. Recent household changes that result in a decrease in family income are not sufficient to establish historical disadvantage. Applicants should be prepared for a thorough and rigorous review process.

Three primary factors determine your eligibility to apply for EOP:

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