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What are EOP/HEOP at Cornell University?

Cornell University was amongst the first New York Institutions of Higher Education to host the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in 1968, and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) in 1969. They are named after New State Assembly Member Arthur O. Eve who championed their creation to make space in New York’s State University System and private institutions that seek to ensure that students who may not have been able to attend college, especially those from low-income and/or under resourced backgrounds, can attend college. Students are supported by these programs throughout their time at Cornell in a variety of ways, including:

  • advisement and guidance throughout their career in a variety of areas
  • decrease barriers to success
  • supplemental financial assistance
  • professional development opportunities
Group of students sitting and standing together in the ballroom of the Syracuse Marriot at the Inaugural NSYOP Student Conference Breaking Barriers Together

Since Cornell is unique in having both contract (public) colleges and endowed (private) colleges, we offer both EOP and HEOP on campus. EOP students attend our contract colleges/schools: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; College of Human Ecology; School of Industrial and Labor Relations; & the SC Johnson College of Business, Dyson School. HEOP students attend our endowed colleges/schools: College of Architecture, Art, & Planning; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Engineering; and the SC Johnson College of Business, School of Hotel Administration.