Educational Opportunity Program (E.O.P.)

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Pre-Freshman Summer Institute

If you have been admitted to SUNY Plattsburgh and you've submitted your deposit, it's time to start preparing for the EOP Summer Institute!  Each year, first-time freshmen join us for a mandatory 4-week intensive pre-college preparatory program.  Students live in our residence halls, enjoy a meal plan, take classes, and participate in special programs.  When the program is over, students can start college from a point of strength.  Student confidence, knowledge and college survival skills are vastly improved.  Great news...the program is FREE for participants.

The EOP Summer Institute takes traditionally begins in early July and ends in early August.  This is a required program and must be completed before students can fully matriculate (enroll in and take classes) in the fall.   Students must obtain a minimum summer grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above AND refrain from violating the Summer Institute Policies as well as the Student Code of Conduct.  Students may not arrive to Summer Institute late or depart mid-program. Students who do not complete the Summer Institute will have their acceptances to SUNY Plattsburgh withdrawn.

Our goal is to see 100% of our Summer Institute participants succeed and join us in the fall.  To support that goal we hire student tutor-counselors to provide tutoring and residential support. We also hire post-graduate Program Coodinator(s) to provide oversight in the residence halls, during tutoring, and on nights/weekends.  Finally, we employ some of Plattsburgh's best campus faculty to instruct summer courses.  Participants will also meet their assigned EOP Counselor. This is a web of support that can help any motivated student to succeed! 

Class Attendance

During Summer Institute, participants will build skills and confidence by completing re coursework in:

  • Mathematics
  • College Writing & Advanced Grammar
  • Special Topics
  • Diversity, social justice and leadership

Tutorial Services

Individual and group tutoring is available in all subjects. Tutoring hours are completed after required classes and in the late afternoon/evening in our designated classrooms and computer labs. All program participants are required to engage in tutoring as it is an essential component of academic success. Summer tutoring will familiarize participants with similar services offered during the academic year in the EOP office and the Claude J. Clark Learning Center.

Academic Advisement Services

All Summer Institute participants will be assigned to an EOP counselor who will continue to serve as a resource during the academic year. EOP counselors assist students with a variety of issues and concerns, and will meet with all Institute participants at least once during the summer.

Recreational and Social Experiences

Opportunities to participate in a variety of social and recreational activities are provided throughout the summer. These activities are designed to:

  • foster personal growth,
  • provide an opportunity for fun and enjoyment,
  • and expose participants to the community and region they will live in as college students.

What Is a Typical Weekday Like in Summer Institute?

7:015 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-9:15 a.m. Math/English
9:30-10:45 a.m. English/Math
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:45 p.m. Special Topics Courses or Intensive Grammar
3:00-4:45 p.m. Open Activity Hours OR Diversity, Social Justice and Leadership Training
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00-9:00 p.m. Computer/Printing Access& Evening Tutoring (required)
11:00 p.m. In-Building Curfew (Yes! You read that correctly!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in Summer Institute?

All new freshmen are REQUIRED to complete the Summer Institute and pass all summer coursework before beginning classes in the fall. Students who do not complete the Summer Institute will be withdrawn from the college and removed from fall courses.

Can I arrive late or leave Summer Institute early?

No. Participants must be present on scheduled check-in and check-out days to insure that required placement exams and post-tests are complete. Students who arrive after the scheduled check-in date will be sent home.

Can I work during Summer Institute?

Your daily schedule (see sample above) is packed, and required trips are scheduled on will not have time to work. We know this is a significant sacrifice for many of our students. We hope to ease the potential burden by providing the Summer Institute (including meals, housing, class materials, weekend travel, etc.) FREE for all participants.

Can I go home on weekends if I live close to campus?

Students may not leave campus for the duration of Summer Institute unless there is an emergency. Guests may not visit campus without notifying the EOP office in advance.

Can I have guests while I'm on campus?

Guests may not visit campus program participants without notifying the EOP office in advance. No overnight guests are permitted in the summer residence hall. This rule applies to participants and our summer staff.

How much does Summer Institute cost?


What is the housing like?

Participants will live in a residence hall on campus in a standard double. All participants will be assigned a roommate.

Can my family send me care packages?

Participants may receive packages. Your summer address is:

Educational Opportunity Program
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Attn: <<insert participant name>>

Should I bring a laptop or computer?

Desktop computers are not permitted. Participants may bring laptops, however, access to computer labs is available throughout the summer.

What should I bring?

Participants will receive a full list of recommended items such as types of appropriate clothing, approved appliances, etc. after admission to SUNY Plattsburgh through EOP.

Can I bring a car?

Students may not have personal vehicles during the Summer Institute.

How do I do laundry?

The residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities that are pre-paid. You do not need to bring quarters!

How far away is Plattsburgh?

For many of our participants, Plattsburgh is quite far from home. Students from the city can expect to be approximately 5-7 hours from home. Students from the Albany area are 2-4 hours from home. Local students might be 10 minutes to an hour from home. Many students find that they don't have time to be homesick, but those who are receive a lot of care and support throughout the summer.


Contact Information

If you would like more information about the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Kyla Relaford, Director
Office: Angell College Center 101
Phone: (518) 564-2263
Fax: (518) 564-2295