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EOP gives you a helping hand

The Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides an avenue for admission and support for talented students who have not yet reached their academic potential due to barriers in their educational, economic or personal background. EOP, however, is not a financial aid program.

Who Qualifies?

  • New York State residents (i.e., you must have resided in New York State for a minimum of one year prior to the first date of classes)
  • Those who have received a New York State high school diploma or its equivalent
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are able to provide a copy of the permanent resident card
  • Families/students that meet the EOP Financial Eligibility Guidelines

Freshman Applicants

Freshman applicants must: demonstrate a need for financial support; meet the university’s EOP academic criteria; have a minimum high school average of 80; and have taken either the SAT or ACT (this is required). GED graduates should have a minimum overall score of 2400.

Transfer Applicants

Applicants who were previously enrolled in EOP or a similar program (e.g., HEOP, SEEK, College Discovery) are eligible for transfer admission. In order to receive consideration for transfer admission to the University at Buffalo, it is recommended that students present a strong record of college study, earning a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. It should be noted, however, that requirements may vary depending on academic program. Verification of previous participation in an EOP-type program from each school attended is required of all transfer applicants. Applicants from a CUNY campus will be considered for EOP if they were eligible for such a program but were not selected through the lottery system.


  • Pre-Freshmen Summer Preparatory Program: A three-week session introducing the support services and activities for EOP students. This program is open only to accepted EOP freshmen.
  • New Student Orientation: A no-cost program where students meet their advisors, learn about life at UB and register for classes.
  • Academic Counselors: All EOP students are assigned an EOP advisor.
  • Tutors: Top students from a range of academic areas are available at no cost to help EOP students.
  • Special Seminars: These seminars focus on topics to help EOP students perform better academically.
  • University Learning Center: The center provides for-credit courses to help all UB students improve writing, reading, math, science and study skills.

How To Apply

EOP applicants may use either the SUNY application or the Common Application.

For more information

  • Educational Opportunity Program University at Buffalo
  • Norton Hall, Room 208
  • Buffalo, New York 14260-1800
  • 716-645-3072