We are living in a global pandemic. Systemic racism, especially anti-Black racism, economic disparities, and a divisive political landscape are additional challenges in our current community. Let us acknowledge that it is an extremely stressful time, with challenges that are affecting some of us in deeper ways than others. As we work together, let’s actively practice compassion, understanding, flexibility, and care. Our safety, health and well-being are prerequisites to learning. Let’s work together to find creative solutions that promote your well-being and learning. Join our office and others across campus as we collectively stay mindful of circumstances, and provide both hope and solidarity toward each other by extending grace generously, giving ourselves and others patience, and honoring the humanity in us all.

All services will be available online. Please connect with your Academic Counselor or Instructor through email or schedule online with Bookings. If you have a general question or do not know who your Academic Counselor is, email or schedule a meeting with Janet Nishihara.

Make an Appointment

We realize that the current situation makes it difficult to anticipate time conflicts or other disruptions, so please let us know how we can help and know that it is fine to cancel or reschedule a meeting. Please let us know in advance if at all possible.

We are open for very limited in-person meetings. Please contact us by phone (541-737-3628) or email to set up a time to talk with someone. Please contact your Academic Counselor or instructor directly to set up a time to talk.

While we currently are not scheduling meetings in Waldo Hall, we may be able to schedule a time to meet in the Memorial Union. Please contact your Academic Counselor directly or email the Director, Janet Nishihara for more information.

We plan for all EOP services (including courses, academic counseling, group gatherings, student activities, and study technique activities) to be available remotely throughout fall term. For more information, check out the EOP Canvas page or contact EOP@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3628. For additional information on COVID-19, OSU Experience, or other resources, please see the links below.

Advisory Council

The EOP Advisory Council exists to represent the students of EOP and bring them together in community.

Who We Serve

EOP serves students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including (but not limited to) students of color, low-income students, first-generation in college and undocumented or DACAmented students. If you identify as a student from a historically underrepresented background, please consider applying to EOP.

How We Support Students

Through academic counseling, scholarships and more, EOP is here to support you throughout your journey at Oregon State University and beyond. We are proud to provide support for historically underrepresented students at Oregon State and will work with you to make sure you have an experience that will prepare you to have a fulfilling career and life.


EOP provides many resources to facilitate student success. We also partner with other offices and people on campus to support students in as many ways as possible. You'll be sure to find the resources you need to be successful at Oregon State when working with our program or one of the organizations we partner with.

Summer Bridge Program

The EOP Bridge Program exists to welcome and orient incoming EOP first-year students, and is an exciting way to begin the transition to college. Offered at no cost, this program facilitates a successful first year and helps students begin to build community at Oregon State. Contact us if you are an incoming first-year student interested in participating in the Bridge Program.


EOP offers multiple scholarships to students active in our program each year ranging from $500-$2,000. We know the costs of higher education can be a barrier for students to obtaining their degree and we hope to help mitigate financial burdens as much as we can.

Content from the Educational Opportunities Program Records, 1983-1999, OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

50 Years of EOP

Since 1969, the Educational Opportunities Program has supported the full development of the personal and academic potential of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. The 2019-2020 academic year, EOP celebrated 50 years as the academic support program at Oregon State University for students who have faced systemic obstacles to their success.

We continue to provide a home base where students can gain a sense of belonging, work with role models from similar backgrounds who understand the university and develop skills that take them through graduation and beyond. We have grown from supporting 48 students in 1969 to 400 students today. Our graduates have gone on to achieve positions that benefit their communities, including judges, lawyers, doctors, college professors, business owners, counselors, social workers and teachers.

For our 50th anniversary, we aimed to increase support for EOP students through new scholarships and enhanced programs. Please make a gift that supports the next generation of EOP graduates.

Give to EOP