EOP Admissions

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The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to improve the access and retention of low-income and first-generation college students at SUNY Old Westbury. EOP applicants must have the motivation to succeed and have the potential to perform satisfactorily in a college setting, but may not have been previously able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. EOP is a state-funded program open to residents of the State of New York only.

Admission to EOP

First Time to College Students

To be eligible for admission to EOP, a student must:

  • be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment
  • Are not admissible under the College's regular admission selection criteria
  • Have a high school average in the range of 75 or higher.
  • Have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and have a combined score in the range of 900.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or a GED.

To be considered for EOP admission at Old Westbury, you must meet both the financial eligibility criteria and the academic criteria.  In addition, you must plan to be enrolled as a full-time student, taking at least 12 credits per semester.  The Office of Enrollment Services, the Office of Financial Aid and the EOP Office jointly determine eligibility.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible for admission if they have been enrolled in EOP, HEOP (Higher Educational Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge), or a similar program, at their previous college, for the educationally and economically disadvantaged. If no EOP or similar program existed at the previous college at the time the applicant attended, or if EOP was not requested, the applicant should contact the EOP at the College at Old Westbury for more information.

EOP at Old Westbury

EOP students are offered support services designed to assist them in overcoming obstacles that a new educational and social environment may present. These services include assistance with the application process, peer and professional counseling, social and cultural activities, tutorial assistance, academic advising, learning assistance workshops, a specialized Summer program and a financial aid advisor.

Visit the EOP pages of our website for further information.