About EOP

Mission of EOP

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Program at Binghamton University is to enroll students who meet academic and financial guidelines. We provide support and advocacy for our students from the time of admission through graduation and beyond. The Program is designed to strengthen personal development and assist in building academic skills as students transition to the University's social and cultural environment. 

Binghamton University's highly successful EOP is committed to providing opportunities to its students so that they may reach their full potential, with a focus on academic excellence, cultural awareness and social responsibility. Through personal attention and academic and cultural support, EOP gives students the tools they need to graduate and pursue their graduate school and career aspirations.

Office of Opportunity Programs

The Office of Opportunity Programs provides oversight to Educational Opportunity Programs that enable access and provides academic and financial support to disadvantaged students who have the potential to study at the baccalaureate level and beyond. See more 

History of EOP

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) was officially recognized by SUNY Central in Albany and Binghamton University in 1968.

During the Civil Rights Movement in 1967, then first-year Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, 141st Assembly District, gave further notice to the principles of access and opportunity by developing the appropriation bill that gave birth to the EOP. 

The primary goals of the EOP are to facilitate the recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation of its students. This is accomplished by providing EOP students with an array of educationally related support services. EOP's purpose is to fulfill New York State's commitment to providing opportunity and access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students who possess great potential to succeed in college.

Students accepted to Binghamton University under the auspices of the EOP participate fully in all campus academic and social activities and are held to the same standards as all other students at the University.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Binghamton University EOP is very proud to have one of the strongest programs in the state. Binghamton's EOP has a graduation rate that is higher than the national average, and most colleges.

EOP boasts a 98% retention rate (freshmen to sophomore) and this exceeds the retention rate of the regularly accepted students here at Binghamton University.

Binghamton University EOP Fun Facts

  1. In 2010, Binghamton university adopted the academic alert system that was based on EOP midterm evaluations that allowed professors to alert EOP advisors about student progress. This model had been initiated and was being used by EOP since 1968.
  2. Orlando Harris '07 is the only person to graduate from EOP and Binghamton University with three degrees. He is an alumnus of the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, and Harpur College of Arts and Science.
  3. Since its inception, EOP has offered tutorial services to its students. This office encouraged the university to provide this service campus-wide. Linda Lisman, EOP academic counselor, was approached to organize this initiative for the campus.