Undergraduate Admissions

Information for EOP Applicants

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, special coursework and other services.

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.


To be eligible to participate in EOP, you must:

  • Belong to a household that meets New York state income guidelines
  • Meet Binghamton University's assets guidelines
  • Possess a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States and a New York state resident 1 year prior to enrollment
  • Have a parent or guardian who is a permanent resident of the United States and a New York state resident 1 year prior to enrollment

Application Process

Freshman Application Process (for fall)

To be admitted to Binghamton through the Educational Opportunity Program, you must meet both academic AND economic criteria.

To start the review process, submit either of these applications:

Note: EOP applicants may apply to up to four SUNY schools at no cost; additional applications are $50 each. For more information, see the "Fee Waiver" section of the SUNY EOP webpage.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): SUNY implemented a policy in July 2010 that EOP applicants may apply to up to four SUNY schools at no cost; additional applications are $50 each. Note: Only New York state residents are eligible to apply for EOP.

Important: All EOP applications are reviewed in 2 steps. Don't complete Step 2 until requested by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


Submit your high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores via SOAR, the SUNY online academic record system.

Obtain a copy of your unofficial high-school transcript from your school counselor and have your SAT or ACT test scores on hand, then, go the SOAR website and follow the instructions. Note that using SOAR to self-report your SAT/ACT scores fulfills the requirement for your admissions application, but if you're admitted to and enroll at Binghamton you'll be required to have your official test scores sent electronically from the testing agency.

After your academic record (high-school transcript and test scores) are reviewed, we'll make an academic determination and send you one of the following notifications:

  • Based on your academic record, you're eligible to apply for EOP. Please submit the required economic documentation (detailed in Step 2 below). Your acceptance isn't guaranteed.
  • Your academics are too strong to be considered for EOP. You'll be automatically switched into the regular applicant pool for further review. Your acceptance isn't guaranteed.
  • Your application is denied due to your academic record and won't be reconsidered for regular admission.


Submit the required items for economic review.

Once all economic items are received, your application will be reviewed and additional documentation (listed below) may be requested. These forms should only be submitted when requested. Your application may go from complete to incomplete several times, so it's important to continue checking your application status.

Note: Due to the nature of EOP application review, final decisions after the economic review aren't sent until March. Initial review of academics will be sent on a rolling basis.

Transfer Application Process (for Spring and Fall 2016)


Submit either The Common Application or SUNY Application.


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. E-mail eopadmit@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 5/19/16