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Information for Accepted EOP Students

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Pre-Freshman Summer Institute

If you have been admitted to SUNY Plattsburgh and you've submitted your deposit, it's time to start preparing for the EOP Summer Institute! Each year, first-time freshmen join us for a mandatory three week intensive pre-college preparatory program. Although students will not have the opportunity to live in our residence halls, or enjoy a meal plan, we will still be meeting with students 1:1, students will be earning two credits through successfully completing their Freshman Seminar Course, and will have an opportunity to engage in special programming and social programs virtually.  When the program is over, students can start college from a point of strength. Student confidence, knowledge and college survival skills are vastly improved. Great news — the program is FREE for participants.  All materials and supplies (including connectivity needs and laptops) will be provided to all summer institute participants.  

The EOP Summer Institute begins in Monday, July 6 and ends in on Friday, July 24.  This is a required program and must be completed before students can fully matriculate (enroll in and take classes) in the fall. Students must obtain a minimum summer grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above AND refrain from violating the Summer Institute policies as well as the Student Code of Conduct.It is required that Summer Institute participants fully engage in the Virtual Summer Institute.  Students who do not complete the Summer Institute will have their acceptance to SUNY Plattsburgh withdrawn.

Our goal is to see 100% of our Summer Institute participants succeed and join us in the fall. To support that goal we hire student tutor-counselors to provide tutoring and personal/social support. We also hire a post-graduate program coordinator to provide oversight of the program, its participants and student staff, during tutoring, in class, and during programming.  Participants will also meet their assigned EOP counselor. This is a web of support that can help any motivated student to succeed!

Class Attendance

During the Summer Institute, participants will build skills and confidence by completing and earning two college credits after successfully completing their Freshman Seminar course. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their Math, English, and Foreign Language placement exams to ensure proper placement for Fall 2020 classes.

Tutorial Services

Individual and group tutoring is available in all subjects virtually. Tutoring hours are completed after class and in the late afternoon in our designated zoom rooms and breakout rooms online. Tutorial services will be provided by our Summer Institute student staff.  All tutor counselors have successfully completed the Freshman Seminar course, and know and understand the content and are best suited to provide assistance, when necessary.  All program participants are required to engage in tutoring virtually as it is an essential component of academic success. Summer tutoring will familiarize participants with similar services offered during the academic year in the EOP office and the Claude J. Clark Learning Center.

Academic Advisement Services

All Summer Institute participants will be assigned to an EOP counselor who will continue to serve as a resource during the academic year. EOP counselors assist students with a variety of issues and concerns, and will meet with all Institute participants at least once during the summer.

Recreational & Social Experiences

Opportunities to participate in a variety of social activities are provided throughout the summer. These activities are designed to:

  • Foster personal growth
  • Provide an opportunity for fun and enjoyment
  • Expose participants to the community and region where they will eventually live as college students
There is a mandatory two day Summer Institute orientation.  All Summer Institute participants must be available to participate in a Zoom orientation on Thursday, July 2 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and again on Friday, July 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


What Is a Typical Weekday Like in Summer Institute?

Sample Schedule
Time Event
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Freshman Seminar

10:15 a.m. 1:15 p.m. Advisement: EOP Counselor Appointments (Zoom, Not Recorded) (30 minutes weekly required for each program participant)
1:15 p.m. 1:55 p.m. Program Break
2 p.m.  3 p.m. Keynote Speakers, Workshops & Tours (Zoom, Recorded)
3:15 p.m.  5:15 p.m. Tutoring OR Supplemental Instruction (2 hours/week required) (Zoom, Required)
5:30 p.m.  7:30 p.m. Virtual Community Building & Social Hours (Not Required)

No tutoring or supplemental instruction offered on Friday, Saturday or Sundays.  Instead, the program will have weekly awards reception (Zoom, recorded) scheduled between 3:15 p.m.  5 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Do I have to participate in Summer Institute?
    Answer: Yes, all new EOP freshmen are REQUIRED to complete the Summer Institute and pass all summer coursework before beginning classes in the fall. Students who do not complete the Summer Institute will be withdrawn from the college and removed from fall courses.
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