Academic Support for EOP Students
SUNY Plattsburgh EOP students stay in college and graduate at a higher rate than their non-EOP peers.
Additionally, one-third of all EOP students have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
This success can be attributed to personal motivation combined with regular academic support. Receiving academic support is not optional. EOP students are required to sign a contract at the point of admission that includes a commitment to obtaining a minimum of 10 contact hours during the academic year. Most of these contacts will be obtained through the individual and group opportunities described below.
Our EOP professional staff will meet with each prospective freshman during the 4-week Summer Institute to review their schedules for the fall and make necessary changes. All Summer Institute students will take placement exams during the summer for math, English & foreign language. The results of these exams will determine which courses students may take in the fall. Students' intended majors will also determine which courses students should take, as well as students' interests and backgrounds.
Students will also meet with professional staff to review financial aid, accept charges, and complete important forms (e.g. Master Promissory Note). This is an important first-step in strengthening students' financial literacy.
Each EOP student is assigned to an EOP staff member who serves as the student's official academic advisor during the freshman year. However, our counselors, Associate Director and Director are available to assist all EOP students throughout their time at Plattsburgh State with a wide range of questions and concerns:
- Course selection for upcoming and future semesters
- Study skills for various courses
- Campus resources and activities
- Majors and career options
- Financial aid and money management
- Graduate school planning
- Adjustment to college issues
- Personal issues
All EOP freshmen are required to take FRS 101: Freshman Seminar during the fall semester of their freshman year. This two-credit course, which is taught by EOP, is designed to address numerous areas of adjustment to college life:
- Time management
- Study skills
- Academic planning
- Financial Management
- Career decision-making
- Campus involvement & resources
- Stress management
EOP students must take advantage of a variety of tutorial services on campus. All students may utilize the Claude J. Clark Learning Center, but EOP students may also utilize tutorial services coordinated by the program. EOP provides individual tutoring in subject areas not covered by the Learning Center. The program also coordinates supplemental instruction for core classes like MAT161:Introductory Statistics.
EOP students will benefit from a variety of educational programs that strengthen academic skills and encourage personal growth. Some of our past programs include:
- Preparing for a career fair
- Resume Workshop I & II
- Money 101
- Watching Your Profits: Using Excel for Personal Financial Management
If you would like more information about the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact