Supporting Students Since 1969

The Educational Opportunities Program is proud to provide support for students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. We will work with you to make sure you have an experience that will prepare you to have a fulfilling career and life.

Apply for Services

The Educational Opportunities Program offers many services to support our students, and we also partner with organizations around campus to ensure each student's success throughout their time at Oregon State University. If you identify as an underrepresented student on campus, consider applying to EOP for access to these services.

Apply to EOP

Participate in Programs

EOP supports a variety of programs including mentorship programs, Living-Learning Communities, and other spaces designed to support the transition to college and continued development throughout your time at OSU. We invite you to find belonging and community with your peers through participation in one or more of our programs.

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Connect to Efforts

Each of our efforts supports students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. Students can be involved with any of these efforts without applying to EOP. We encourage you to explore these and other opportunities to get involved with efforts that matter to you at OSU.

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A Welcome Message from the Executive Director

The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) was created in 1969 to support students in coming to and succeeding at OSU, and we’ve been busy living up to those expectations ever since. Over the past five decades, we’ve seen thousands of students graduate and go on to fulfilling careers and strong community involvement. Among our alumni, we are proud to know doctors, teachers, lawyers, and even Broadway stars!

Throughout our history we have maintained our focus on our primary goal: providing excellent academic and personal support for our students. When you apply to EOP we advocate for you, whether that’s through one-on-one meetings, in the classroom, or in the admissions and reinstatement processes. We provide a home base where you can gain a sense of belonging, work with role models from similar backgrounds who understand the university, and develop skills that take you through graduation and beyond. Overall we help you to navigate the confusing systems and processes that can slow down and block your path to success.

All of us in EOP – students, faculty, staff – are part of the program because we value each other’s dreams and this community will do whatever we can to help you reach them all!

~ Janet Nishihara, EOP Executive Director

Read more about the history of EOP below, and consider making a gift that supports the next generation of EOP graduates.

Give to EOP

2020-2021 Operations

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You can now Make an Appointment with your Academic Counselor or Instructor online through Bookings! Read more below about scheduling, onsite activities, and further resources.

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.

While we currently are not scheduling meetings in Waldo Hall, we may be able to schedule a time to meet in the Memorial Union. We are open for very limited in-person meetings. 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. For more information, check out the EOP Canvas page or contact us by email or phone at 541-737-3628. For additional information on COVID-19, OSU Experience, or other resources, please see the links below.

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.

About EOP

The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) supports the academic, personal, and professional development of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education by providing a welcoming environment which includes smaller classes, academic counseling, and innovative programs & services designed to enhance retention and persistence.

Our Vision

  • To cultivate an inclusive environment for our students
  • To advance the OSU community in effectively supporting and empowering all students
  • To provide a safe, inclusive, & equitable choice for the Oregon community & beyond
Frequently Asked Questions

EOP provides many benefits for students. Some include:

  • Developing a strong relationship with an EOP academic counselor, and working together on mutually-identified areas such as time management, major/career identification, applying for internships, study abroad opportunities and undergraduate research sites.
  • Priority access to EOP sections of courses.
  • Becoming part of a family of learners from similar backgrounds all working toward the goal of graduation.

Once a student is enrolled and active in the program they remain associated with the program until graduation. Students are expected to meet with their EOP academic counselor on a regular basis.

EOP students are from groups that have been traditionally denied equal access to higher education. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • students of color
  • low-income
  • first-generation
  • returning older-than-average students
  • single parents
  • rurally isolated students
  • veterans
  • undocumented students
  • students with disabilities

EOP services are designed to assist incoming first-year undergraduate students at Oregon State University as well as those who are referred by faculty or staff or seek out services. Services are limited to undergraduate domestic students and undocumented/DACA students who are taking classes on OSU's main Corvallis campus. We do not currently have services available for graduate, distance or international students or students studying at other Oregon State campuses, however, these students may still be able to be involved in related programs. See the Participate in Programs page for more information.

CAMP and TRIO SSS are federally funded programs designed to support underrepresented students at OSU. Like EOP, they also support students in their academic development and assist and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Students are not able to be in more than one program at a time. We encourage interested students to visit the TRIO SSS website and the CAMP website to learn about the students they serve and the services each program provides and then decide which program would best meet individual needs. For questions about EOP or for further clarification, please contact Janet Nishihara.

Please contact us so we can discuss specific needs:

History of the Educational Opportunities Program

In 1969, the recently formed Black Student Union organized class boycotts and a sit-in in response to racial clashes between the OSU football coach and Black student athletes including Fred Milton. Tensions culminated in a walkout and march across campus on March 5, 1969. As a result, the BSU successfully advocated for change and better support for students of color which led to the establishment of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) in 1969 and later led to the seven cultural resource centers serving students from diverse backgrounds. EOP began with 48 students in 1969. Today we serve over 400 students.