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What are the Requirements of Admitted EOP/HEOP Students?

Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP)

This is a required all-expenses paid, 6-week summer program for all incoming EOP and HEOP students. PSSP students take for-credit courses and get to acclimate to campus and prepare for a successful transition to college. Admitted students will receive detailed information about PSSP in their acceptance package.

Students in the OADI office in a group posing with Speaker of the New York Assembly Carl Heastie, Assembly Member Barbara Lifton, and Senator Debra Glick

Required Advising Meetings

Students and their EOP/HEOP advisors' partner to ensure students pursue opportunities, identify campus resources, possess clarity related to financial matters, and engage with support services across campus. EOP/HEOP Advisors serve as navigational guides and work to support students as they identify their strengths, growth opportunities, knowledge, and talents and cultivate their voices throughout their Cornell journey.

5 students holding signs for HEOP, TAP, STEM, BUDY AID, and CSTEP on the steps of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY as part of Student Aid Alliance’s Advocacy Day Efforts

Regular advising meetings begin during the Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP) and continue throughout students’ undergraduate years.Students are also required to meet with their College Associate and Faculty Advisor, where appropriate, at least twice per semester.

Advocacy and Community Service

These programs are funded by the state which means that funding is never assured, and in fact, some years, programs like this have been in danger of losing their funding.

Student, staff, faculty and alumni voices can make the difference; student voices speak to the impact of programs like this. Stories matter. Your story matters.

Each student is required to actively participate in advocacy efforts to help maintain adequate funding & appropriate regulations for opportunity programs on state and federal financial aid.

Advocacy may include:

  • In-person visits to Albany, Washington, D.C., and/or local legislators’ district offices

  • Letter writing
  • Social media contacts, and more

Consistently Checking Canvas and Chatter

All EOP and HEOP students will use CANVAS and Chatter tools.

  • Chatter: communication tool used to post important announcements related to EOP|HEOP

  • CANVAS is an online program that Cornell classes use to deliver content. Students will create and add to their e-portfolio in Canvas