EOP Admissions

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

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 traditional admission selection criteria
  • Have a high school average in the range of 75 or higher.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or a GED.
  • SUNY Old Westbury is now test optional and will not require submission of SAT or ACT scores from students applying for undergraduate admission* during the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. While we will consider scores if submitted, SAT/ACT results are not required. If you would like your test scores considered in the review process, please request your official scores to be sent to SUNY Old Westbury from your high school or testing agency.

    Old Westbury SAT Code: 2866
    Old Westbury ACT Code: 2939

    *SAT/ACT scores are required for admission to the Biological Sciences & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, B.S./D.O.

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 SUNY Old Westbury EOP office for more information.

Financial Eligibility

Family Income Guidance

EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines
Academic Year 2020-21

1 $23,606
2 $31,894
3 $40,182
4 $48,470
5 $56,758
6 $65,046
7 $73,334


*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,288 for each additional person.
when income guidance does not apply

Income guidelines do not apply if:

  • 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 Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance;
  • The student is in foster care as established by the court;
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.

Visit the EOP pages of our website