Who we are

The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) provides a welcoming environment that supports the full development of the personal and academic potential of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. Since 1969, EOP has served Oregon State University students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to:

  • Students of color
  • Low-income students
  • First-generation in college (neither parent graduated college)
  • Undocumented or DACAmented students

The Educational Opportunities Program also oversees a number of initiatives and programs that provide additional support to historically underrepresented students and communities. Students do not need to be enrolled in EOP to benefit from these efforts. 

If you would like more information on how EOP may be able to assist you, please contact one of our staff members, call us at 531-737-3628, or visit our office. Follow us on Facebook!

History of the Educational Opportunities Program

In 1969, EOP began with 48 students. Today we serve over 400 students. Our graduates have gone on to achieve positions benefiting their communities, including judges, lawyers, doctors, college professors, business owners, counselors, social workers, teachers and more.

support for students

  • Assistance through the admissions process and locating financial resources
  • An additional orientation to Oregon State University through our Bridge Program
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • Courses to help review or fill in gaps in math, reading and writing
  • Guidance finding jobs and internships and preparing résumés and cover letters
  • Access to and assistance in applying to scholarships

Find more information about our services throughout our website.

Advisory Council (EOPAC)

EOPAC provides representation for all students of EOP and is empowered to represent, negotiate and act on behalf of the student body in matters affecting the environment and lives of students of EOP. They lead events to bring EOP students together in community and academic excellence. 

Assistance in Admissions

EOP representatives work with students from all over Oregon who might be considering college. We can arrange for groups of students to visit campus — a great chance to see what college life is really like and talk with current students about their lives and plans.

We also assist students who might otherwise be denied admission to the university. If a student can demonstrate a potential to succeed at the university, we will carefully review all documentation and support an appeal for admission. Our office is here to help students who may not have had the chance to excel in the past but who could succeed if given the opportunity to try.

When students seek the support of EOP while applying for admission to Oregon State, we can serve as a starting point for any questions that arise in the application process, including decisions about matching academic majors to career goals, understanding what financial resources are necessary and assistance in accessing such resources.