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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may otherwise not be accepted.

EOP students must qualify both academically and financially. Students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds are given priority.

Our students are successful because we expect them to be and because we provide the tools necessary for that success!

While the EOP programs throughout New York State share a common philosophical base, each is operated in a somewhat different manner. These differences reflect the personalities of both the host colleges and of the people who administer the programs.

At Potsdam, we are small and personal; all of our student services are designed with one internal focus - helping you to succeed!

You can contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have regarding EOP at SUNY Potsdam; feedback on this site is also welcome.

While EOP is a "special admissions" program at Potsdam, enrolled students take regular college courses and meet the published academic standards of the College; there are no separate courses or standards for students in our program.

Your Special Admission does not imply an inferior intellect or inadequate skills. It simply recognizes that a wide variety of life experiences can impact a student's performance in high school and that there might be special circumstances which need to be considered when evaluating that performance.

Where the real difference lies is in the amount of support and assistance you will receive while enrolled: you will be assigned to one of our Counselors and will receive individual attention regarding your academic progress and any problems you might encounter.

Office Information

Sisson Hall 136
Phone: (315) 267-2335
Fax: (315) 267-4890

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m - Noon & 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Putting Things in Perspective

During the pandemic, one thing has become perfectly clear to SUNY Potsdam alumna Latesha Fussell ’11, ’12 & ’14—family is what matters most. As a single mother balancing a full-time job, while also pursuing a doctoral degree in education, she needed to make a change. Fussell recently accepted an impressive new position at Cornell University as the director for diversity and inclusion, and in the process, moved closer to her family where she found a support system that she desperately needed.

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