Binghamton EOP Success

Binghamton is committed to providing opportunities to talented students regardless of their background. Through the New York State Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), we offer special support services for in-state students from educationally and economically disadvantaged circumstances. The program includes financial assistance, tutoring and counseling, career and professional development, and other services.

First-year students will complete the Binghamton Enrichment Program (BEP) which is the mandatory summer program that provides EOP students with intensive academic development and orientation to the Binghamton University community.

Transfer students who were previously enrolled in an EOP or similar program at their previous colleges can continue receiving the assistance and advice provided by Binghamton's EOP.

Binghamton's EOP has an outstanding track record helping students reach their potential. Recent EOP seniors have been accepted for graduate and professional study by Harvard, Vanderbilt, New York University, Fordham, Boston University and others.


Candidates for Binghamton's Educational Opportunity Program must meet both academic and financial guidelines in order to be eligible. Guidelines include that you must: 

  • Be a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Require special admissions consideration (first-year applicants, see below for details)
  • Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to SUNY guidelines. In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for admission to EOP. However, you must meet New York state residency, income and academic requirements. If admitted, you will receive all academic and social support the program offers; however, you are not eligible to receive any financial support from the program.

Application Information

First-Year Application Details

Early Action

EOP applicants cannot be considered for Early Action. EOP follows the general admissions timeline. 

First-Year Application Process

Apply to Binghamton University

Note: EOP applicants who apply through the SUNY Application may apply to up to seven SUNY schools at no cost. For more information, see the "Fee Waiver" section of the SUNY EOP webpage

EOP applicants using the Common Application can still submit a fee waiver

Submit your high-school transcript and test scores (if opting in)

Students admitted through EOP represent a range of GPAs and test scores. For the past few years most students have demonstrated:

  • Cumulative GPAs in the high 80s to low 90s (on a 100-point scale).
  • Combined SAT scores (math and evidence-based reading and writing) between 1080 and 1220
  • ACT scores between 21 and 24

Note: Binghamton University is test-optional for fall 2024, which means standardized test scores are not required. For more details,  review our test-optional FAQ page.

Submit the required items for financial review

  • EOP Financial Information Form (includes an EOP-specific essay)
    Complete the online form on the application you used to apply to Binghamton:
  • EOP Financial eligibility documentation
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). In December 2023, the Department of Education is expected to launch a new and simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2024-25 year. The proposed changes will make it easier to apply for aid as well as reduce barriers to accessing federal aid. As information becomes available, we will notify students and families with details.

Next Steps

After your application and academic record (high school transcript and test scores, if you have chosen to submit them) are reviewed, we will send you one of the following notifications:

  • You are eligible for financial review. Submit the required financial documentation, if you haven’t already done so. Your acceptance isn’t guaranteed.
  • Your academic performance exceeds EOP guidelines and your application will therefore be switched into general admission for further review. Your acceptance isn’t guaranteed.
  • Your application is denied based on your academic record and will not be considered for EOP or general admission. 

Continue to check the status of your application for additional requirements from Undergraduate Admissions. Additional documents should only be sent if requested.

Transfer Application Details

Visit our transfer applicant information webpage for more information about transfer credit, admissions criteria and prerequisites by school. 

Transfer Application Process

Apply to Binghamton University and submit required materials

Visit our transfer application process webpage for more information.

Submit the EOP Transfer Verification Form

  • If your current college or university offers an opportunity program (i.e., College Discovery, EOP, HEOP or SEEK) you must have been admitted through that program to be eligible as an EOP transfer student at Binghamton University.
  • If you currently attend a SUNY community college that doesn't offer EOP, you may still be eligible. Email eopadmit@binghamton.edu.