Applying to the Educational Opportunities Program is your first step toward developing the skills you need to succeed in college and beyond! As an EOP student, you can benefit from the relationships you build in Summer Bridge, Academic Counseling, EOP Courses, and more. Together we help you build the college experience that is right for you and make meaning of it along the way.

Summer Bridge

The EOP Bridge Program exists to welcome and orient incoming EOP first-year students, and offers an exciting way to begin the transition to college. The Bridge Program helps new students build community, feel confident in getting around campus and provides skills and information that will facilitate a successful first year at Oregon State. The Bridge Program is offered at no cost to participants.

Bridge FAQs

We have been busy here at EOP planning an exciting Bridge program for you. During the five days of the Bridge program, you will participate in educational and fun activities that will help you acclimate to your new life as a college student at Oregon State University. All food, transportation and housing will be provided during the entire Bridge program for participants. If you are no longer able to attend, please let us know immediately in order to avoid incurring program costs charged to your student account.

Plan on full days! We start each day of the Bridge program early morning and have activities planned through each evening.

Academic Counseling

Each EOP student works with one of our counselors who has training and experience to guide students through the hoops and barriers which exist in college. We work with students until they graduate from Oregon State and sometimes beyond. Our counselors come from many different educational and career backgrounds, so our staff not only has the intellectual understanding needed to help students succeed, but the personal awareness as well. And hey, we enjoy working with students!

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Academic Counseling FAQs

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, supporting students in successfully accessing other resources on campus such as academic advising, academic resources, financial aid and co-curricular activities.
  • We advocate for students and/or help 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 colleagues across campus and proactive academic counseling with each student.
  • We are knowledgeable about many university services and operations and are able to connect students to appropriate resources.
  • We identify educational challenges in order to prepare students to overcome potential roadblocks to success at OSU.

Academic advisors provide support so that students are making satisfactory progress towards a degree. They 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 paths.

EOP academic counselors are a resource for students in all aspects of their experience at Oregon State University. We support each student’s development and help them to identify and work toward their 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. 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.

EOP Scholarships

EOP offers multiple scholarships to students active in EOP; applications are typically accepted during spring term. Scholarships range from $500-$2,000 annually. These scholarships are available through OSU ScholarDollars, which is a centralized search and application portal for most scholarship offerings associated with the university.

If you are eligible for EOP Scholarships, you may see a popup after logging into OSU ScholarDollars. You can also search for our scholarships with keywords.

OSU ScholarDollars

Scholarship FAQs

Qualifications to be considered for one or more EOP Scholarship:

  • Demonstrated financial need

  • Active in EOP for at least 2 terms (such as meeting with academic counselors and participating in workshops, social events, and/or cultural centers)

  • Answer all required questions

  • At least 2.75 Oregon State University GPA

  • Participate in at least one community, extracurricular, or cultural activity/organization

The application typically opens in spring term. Exact dates will be announced each year through EOP communication channels such as the newsletter, social media, and Canvas. You can also check in with your academic counselor for specifics!

There are many scholarships available to students within and outside of Oregon State University. The most central location to explore is the OSU ScholarDollars database, where you can look generally at opportunities or search based on specific criteria.

You can also visit your college or department's website to learn more about campus-based scholarship opportunities that may be available to you. And don't miss the National and Global Scholarships Advising Office which can offer you application support for nationally and internationally competitive scholarships such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater!

EOP Courses

EOP offers smaller sections of several courses that are required across majors, including courses in math and writing. These classes are small enough that students will get to know their instructors and classmates while completing college requirements, preparing for courses in their major, and building academic skills in a comfortable environment. Smaller classes invite students to interact more with instructors, build community with classmates, and actively participate in their learning.

EOP Courses FAQs

If your primary interest in EOP is the courses we teach, you do not need to complete the application or be admitted to the program.

Students can take EOP courses without being admitted to EOP 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 contact Urmila Mali to verify eligibility and get on the waitlist. We will only be able to approve access to courses for which the student has already completed the prerequisite with a C- or better or been approved through placement testing.

The classes offered by EOP count the same as any other Oregon State class and look just the same on a transcript. EOP classes are usually smaller (e.g., capped at 25 students) and are taught by specially selected instructors who have experience teaching in diverse classrooms.

Students already in EOP, LSAMP, TRIO SSS or CAMP sign up by working with their academic counselor.

For students not in these programs, there is a waitlist system. Please contact Urmila Mali to learn more. You may also contact the EOP office at 541-737-3628.

Updated Spring 2021

Our course offerings are listed below. For more information on course availability for the current term, talk to your EOP academic counselor, contact Urmila Mali, or view the Oregon State Academic Catalog. You may also contact the EOP office at 541-737-3628.

Note, an asterisk (*) indicates a course meets credits that count toward the Baccalaureate Core Curriculum requirements.

  • CH 231 - General Chemistry (4 CR) with CH 261 *Lab (1 CR)

  • CH 232 - General Chemistry (4 CR) with CH 262 *Lab (1 CR)

  • CH 233 - General Chemistry (4 CR) with CH 263 *Lab (1 CR)

  • MTH 103 - Algebraic Reasoning (4 CR)

  • MTH 111 - *College Algebra (4 CR)

  • MTH 112 - *Elementary Functions (4 CR)

  • MTH 251 - *Differential Calculus (4 CR)

  • PSY 201 - *General Psychology (4 CR)

  • PSY 202 - *General Psychology (4 CR)

  • WR 121 - *English Composition (4 CR)

  • WR 327 - *Technical Writing (3 CR)