How can EOP benefit a student?

Becoming a part of EOP can provide many benefits for students:

  • Develop a strong working relationship with an EOP Academic Counselor
    • Work 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 (see list below-What Classes Does EOP Offer?)
    • Become part of a family of learners from similar backgrounds all working toward the goal of graduation

When can a student apply to EOP?

  • A student can apply to EOP at any time prior to or during their enrollment as an on-campus OSU student.  However, students just starting college and those with multiple needs and qualifying factors have higher priority in the admissions process.


What are the criteria to be eligible for EOP?  Which students can be in the program?

  • 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 students, first-generation students, returning older-than-average students, single parents, rurally isolated students, veterans, undocumented students, and students with disabilities.


What if a student needs support right now?


Does everyone who applies to EOP get in?  

  • Approximately 75% of applicants are admitted.  We give priority to freshman and sophomores with multiple needs and qualifying factors.  
  • TRiO-Student Support Services (TRiO SSS) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) are affiliated programs which also support the academic success of students.  Please see information about those programs below.


What classes does EOP offer?  

  • Math classes:  Math 102, 103, 111, 112 and 199
    • Math 102 is preparatory to Math 103.  Placement into Math 102 is the same as Math 65.
    • Students must meet pre-requisites or placement to take EOP math classes.
    • Language classes:  ALS 102, College Reading; WR 115, and WR 121.  


Can a student take a class in EOP without being admitted to the program?

  • Students can take EOP courses and not be an EOP member as long as they meet the prerequisites for the specific course, including placement score if appropriate.  If a student wishes to enroll into an EOP course, they should come to the main EOP office in Waldo 337, to get on the waitlist.  We will check that prerequisites and/or placement scores indicating that each student is prepared for the course they are requesting access to. We will only be able to approve access to a course which the student placed into or for which the student has already completed the prerequisite course with a C- or better.


Do EOP classes count the same as other OSU classes?

  • Yes, the classes offered by the EOP count the same as any other OSU class and look just the same on the transcript.  Courses offered through the Educational Opportunities Program are sections of courses also taught by other campus departments but are taught by EOP instructors.


How are EOP classes different from other classes?

  • The classes are usually smaller and are taught by specially selected instructors who have experience teaching in diverse classrooms.  For example, the EOP sections of MATH 111 are capped at 25 students.


How do students sign up for classes?

  • Students already in EOP, TRiO SSS, or CAMP  sign up by working with their Academic Counselor
  • For students not in these programs, there is a waitlist system.  Please come by our offices in Waldo Hall room 337 to learn more.


What are the benefits of Academic Counseling?

  • Each student in EOP develops a one-on-one relationship with a professional academic counselor who is trained and has extensive experience supporting the academic and personal development of students.
  • Each student will develop a personalized plan for achieving academic and personal goals.


What do academic counselors do to serve students?

  • We help students transition and integrate into OSU.
  • We support student self-advocacy, enabling students to be successful in accessing other resources on campus such as academic advising, academic resources, financial aid, and co-curricular activities.
  • We will advocate for a student and/or facilitate a resolution when students request and could benefit from that support.
  • We work to provide a safety net through the development of strong collaborative relationships with our colleagues across campus and the provision of proactive academic counseling with each student.
  • We serve as a hub for information from multiple university sources.
  • We identify common educational challenges and obstacles in order to prepare students proactively to overcome potential roadblocks to success in the classroom.


What is the difference between an academic counselor and an advisor?

  • Academic Advisors provide support to assure that students are making satisfactory progress towards a degree.  They will help students in interpreting university and departmental requirements so that they can make informed decisions about their academic coursework and potential major(s) and career path.  
  • EOP Academic Counselors are here as a resource for students in all aspects of their experience at OSU.  We will support each student’s development and help to identify academic, personal, financial, extracurricular and career goals.   


Why do students need both an academic advisor and an academic counselor?

  • We encourage each student to establish a strong relationship with their academic advisor as well as the EOP academic counselor.  It is important that students meet with their advisor each term to discuss course requirements, career options, and future scheduling of important courses.  In order to optimize success, each student should also work regularly with their academic counselor in the EOP program to develop strong academic skills and to plan participation in co-curricular opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, or internships. 


How long can a student stay in EOP?

  • The EOP is a program designed to assist undergraduate students at Oregon State University who are referred or seek our services. Once a student is enrolled and active in the program they remain associated with the program until the student's graduation.


What is the difference between EOP, SSS, and CAMP?  

  • CAMP and TRiO SSS are federally funded programs designed to support students.  Like EOP, they also support students in their academic development and assist and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. 
  • CAMP assists entering first-year students who are from migrant or seasonal farmworker families.  TRiO SSS works with first-generation college students, individuals whose households meet federally-established low-income guidelines and individuals with documented physical or learning disabilities.  


Can a student use the services of more than one program?

  • 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 for the services they provide and then decide which program would best meet their needs. 


Comparison between successful completion (C- or better grade) in EOP sections of MTH 103, MTH 111, and MTH 112 – fall term 2010.



Additional:  201101-201201 retention

60 of 71 students registered for courses 201201 = 84.5% retention rate