Browse our frequently asked questions regarding the Educational Opportunities Program and the services we offer below.

About EOP  Academic Counseling  Application Process  Courses

About EOP FAQ

Students are not able to be in more than one program at a time. We encourage interested students to visit the TRIO SSS website, LSAMP website and the CAMP website to learn about the services each program provides and then decide which program would best meet individual needs.

 

Approximately 75% of applicants are admitted. We give priority to first-year students and sophomores with multiple needs and qualifying factors.

TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS), the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) are affiliated programs which also support the academic success of historically underrepresented students. Please see more information about these programs on our Related Programs page.

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 (view our list of available 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 the student's graduation. EOP is designed to assist incoming first-year students or undergraduate students at Oregon State University who are referred or seek our services by faculty or staff.

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. Students must be undergraduate, domestic or undocumented/DACA students who are taking classes on Oregon State University's main Corvallis campus. We do NOT have programming available for graduate, distance or international students or students studying at other Oregon State campuses besides the Corvallis campus.

Please contact us so we can discuss specific needs:

Students who are in the EOP program are expected to meet with their EOP academic counselor on a regular basis.

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.

See our Related Programs page for more information.

Academic Counseling FAQ

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.

Academic counselors serve EOP students in many ways:

  • We help students transition and integrate into Oregon State University.
  • 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 such 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.

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 Oregon State University. We will support each student’s development and help to identify academic, personal, financial, extracurricular and career goals.   

We encourage each student to establish a strong relationship with their academic advisor as well as their 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.

Application FAQ

Students just starting college and those with multiple needs and qualifying factors have higher priority in the admissions process. We admit about 75% of applicants.

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

Applications will be processed during the term they are received, and admissions consideration will be for the following term. For example, if you apply fall term, you will be considered for winter term admission. However, if you apply at the end of fall term, you may not hear a decision until the middle of winter term or the beginning of spring term. If you want to enroll in an EOP course next term and have not heard an admission decision, come to the main office by week 8 of the current term to put your name on the waitlist.

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. Students must be undergraduate, domestic or undocumented/DACA students who are taking classes on Oregon State University's main Corvallis campus. We do NOT have programming available for graduate, distance or international students or students studying at other campuses besides the Corvallis campus.

EOP Courses FAQ

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 to get on the waitlist. We will check prerequisites and/or placement scores ensuring 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.

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

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.

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 office to learn more.

Math classes (Math 102, 103, 111, 112 & 199), academic support (ALS 102 & 225) and writing classes (WR 115 & WR 121). Students must meet prerequisites or placement to take EOP math classes. View our Courses page for more information.

If your primary interest in EOP is the courses we teach, you do not need to be in the program. Do not fill out the application. Call 541-737-3628 or visit our office.