EOP

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 advisement 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.

Eligibility

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)
  • 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 Process

First-Year Application Process (for fall)

To be considered for admission 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 who apply through the SUNY Application may apply to up to seven SUNY schools at no cost; additional applications are $50 each. For more information, see the "Fee Waiver" section of the SUNY EOP webpage.

EOP students cannot apply Early Action to Binghamton.

STEP 1: Submit your high-school transcript and test scores

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 to move to STEP 2 for financial review: Submit the required 

    economic documentation (detailed in STEP 2). Your acceptance is not guaranteed. For the past few years most EOP first year students have been reviewed with cumulative GPAs in the high 80s to low 90s (on a 100-point scale) with combined SAT (math and evidence-based reading and writing) between 1080 and 1170 (ACT between 21 and 24). Note: Binghamton University is test-optional for fall 2021, which means standardized test scores are not required. For more details, review our test-optional FAQ page.

  • Your academics are too strong to be considered for EOP: You will be automatically switched into the general applicant pool for further review. Your acceptance is not guaranteed. Note: If you submitted your application either on or prior to November 1 and are switched to regular decision, you may email the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request to be reviewed for Early Action.
  • Your application is denied: Due to your academic record, you are denied and will not be reconsidered for general decision admission.

STEP 2: Submit the REQUIRED items for economic review

  • SUNY EOP Financial Information Form
  • Student eligibility documents
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available October 1. The recommended filing deadline is no later than Jan. 1.

Note: U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for EOP eligibility. However, you must still meet NYS residency and income requirements. If not submitting a FAFSA, visit hesc.ny.gov to apply for aid through the NYS Dream Act.

Once all initial financial items are reviewed, additional required documentation may be requested. Once all initial economic items are received, your application will be reviewed and additional required documentation may be requested. Continue to check the status of your application for additional requirements from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer Application Process 

STEP 1

Submit either The Common Application or SUNY Application.

STEP 2

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.

Visit our transfer application process webpage for more information.