The mission of the Binghamton Enrichment Program (BEP) is to prepare pre-freshmen Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students for the challenges of college study so that they can successfully transition into Binghamton University. The BEP focuses on a combination of academic excellence, cultural awareness and social responsibility. Our aim is to enhance the confidence levels of our students and strengthen the likelihood of persistence to graduation.
The BEP will generate opportunities for students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. It will also encourage students to make conscious connections between the acquisition of skills and their application to academic, social and professional lives.
The BEP is a mandatory pre-freshman program that provides students with intensive academic development and orientation to the Binghamton University community.
Academic classroom instruction is offered to strengthen the student's skills in the areas of writing, reading, mathematics, and communication. The program also offers the opportunity to complete eight (8) credits and two (2) requirements.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor/counselor who coordinates individual advising sessions to assist with course registration and acclimation to the rigors of BU. The BEP is provided at no cost to the student.
EOP/BEP goals are:
- To help students develop general skills, academic work habits and Math proficiency.
- To help students form a connection with EOP as a community and a resource.
- To promote greater EOP student achievement in majors and programs of first choice
- To give assistance in academic, counseling, financial, social and other matters.
- To encourage more EOP students to pursue graduation or professional studies
- To promote greater EOP student achievement in the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, etc.
All freshman students are admitted to the University through the EOP on the condition that they participate in the Summer Program. Students are expected to complete the Summer Program successfully. EOP provides financial support for each student to cover the cost of room, board, books and transportation. Students who participate in the Summer Program will have to attend from: July 5 to Aug. 3 (dates are subject to change).
Foster Youth College Success Initiative
The EOP at SUNY Binghamton is a partner of the Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI). Support as well as additional funding to assist with succeeding in college is provided to students (eligible and) interested in this program. Foster youth can speak with their assigned EOP counselor whom they will meet by attending an EOP orientation.
Foster youth interested in utilizing the resources provided by the FYCSI can gain assistance in purchasing textbooks, housing, and/or paying their college bill by reducing or canceling loans.
Admitted foster youth are encouraged to sign up for break housing, which is available in the Newing, Dickinson, College in the Woods, and Hinman communities. Foster youth will be able to stay in break housing residence year round.