EOP Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) you must be (at minimum):

  • A New York State Resident for at least 12 months prior to enrollment.
  • Academically ineligible for admission under general standards, but demonstrate potential and motivation for completing college level work.
  • Financially disadvantaged within established income guidelines (see below).
    SPECIAL NOTE: We receive thousands of applications each year for 40-50 new spaces in the program.  Because the need for EOP far exceeds the capacity for enrollment, eligibility does not provide entitlement or automatic admission.  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 historial disadvantage.  Applicants should be prepared for a thorough and rigorous review process.

Qualifying Academically

Freshmen

Eligible EOP freshman applicants are academically under-prepared for the college curriculum they wish to pursue and qualify for EOP admission to Plattsburgh State with high-school averages (or GED scores) and SAT or ACT scores below the typical Plattsburgh admission requirements. At the same time, high-school transcripts and/or GED scores must reflect the potential to succeed in college. EOP freshmen are required to further demonstrate potential for college success by completing a mandatory four-week Pre-Freshman Summer Institute.

  • Minimum high school average for EOP applicants: 75
  • Minimum SAT for EOP applicants: 750 (combined math AND critical reading OR writing)
  • Note: You cannot apply for both the EOP and Early Decision programs.

Transfer Students (you must meet at least one of the following conditions):

  • You were enrolled at a previous college as an EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery Student.
  • You were enrolled under the Full Opportunity Provision at a New York State community college that did NOT offer an Educational Opportunity Program.

EOP transfer applicants must meet the same academic qualifications as their non-EOP peers (typically, a 2.3 cumulative grade point average [GPA] at their transfer colleges). 

Qualifying Financially

The table below represents financial eligibility requirements for 2014-2015.

Income Guidelines for EOP Eligibility

Household Size (Including head of household) Total Annual Income
1 $21,590
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167

 NOTE: Add $7,511 for each additional household member in excess of eight.

Exceptions to Income Guidelines

  1. The student's family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or through a county Department of Social Services; or of Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance or a county Department of Social Services;
  2. the student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student's natural parents provide no such support;
  3. the student is a ward of the state or county.

Applicants who are under 24 and single cannot be considered independent unless they meet the federal guidelines for independent or the Plattsburgh State financial aid office invokes professional judgment to declare the student independent when unusual circumstances can be documented.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Kyla Relaford, Director
Office: Angell College Center 110
Phone: (518) 564-2263
Fax: (518) 564-2295