New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Prospective HEOP Participants/Applicants

What is HEOP?

The New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a partnership between the New York State Education Department and its independent colleges and universities which provides residents the possibility of a college education who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to their academic and economic circumstances.   HEOP is sponsored in part by Ithaca College and a grant from the New York State Education Department.  What makes HEOP unique is that it serves students who would not normally be admissible to the colleges they attend. The success these students have depends on the academic and support services HEOP programs provide and the financial aid assistance that makes attending college a reality.

Support Services

HEOP students perform well academically at Ithaca College because of the outstanding academic and support services provided through HEOP.   HEOP offers a broad range of support services in order to enable students to not only earn an Ithaca College degree but also to prepare for their success beyond their undergraduate experience.  Supportive services include:

  • Counseling
    First-year students meet with their assigned HEOP counselor on a frequent basis, typically 3 x per month, during their first academic year.  These one-on-one sessions are geared toward providing students with on-going guidance, personal development, academic advising, and referrals to substantial campus resources, in order to ensure their success.  Using a case management philosophy, our services are designed to support the faculty advising process by investigating the student’s curriculum and career choice, discussing classes, grades, and study strategies, as well as aiding in the transition to the College’s cultural, social and academic environment.

    Counseling continues throughout the student’s tenure at Ithaca College.  All HEOP students are expected to meet regularly with HEOP professional and paraprofessional staff, in order to make the most of their Ithaca College experience.  Counseling sessions and developmental programming often focus on career goals, preparing for graduate or professional school, obtaining internships on or off campus, seeking out volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing experiences.  During these years students are also informed about academic/study abroad opportunities in order to broaden their college experience. 

The Pre-College Experience - Mandatory

  • Summer Institute - REQUIRED
  • Pre-freshmen accepted HEOP participants are required to enroll and attend a 5-week summer bridge program as mandated by the State Education Department (June 28 - July 29, 2017).

    The REQUIRED pre-freshman institute provides a valuable and exciting preview of intensive and rigorous coursework at Ithaca College.  Incoming first-year students collaborate with each another as they adjust to the demands, creativity, and expectations of higher education at Ithaca College.

    The Summer Institute offers 3 courses which focus on mathematical and writing skills, a seminar course on "Exploring Psychology in Everyday Life" and 2 courses which focus on academic success strategies and social development.  Besides an interdisciplinary academic experience, the Summer Institute provides career, cultural, social, and leadership development, along with recreational activities on the campus, in the Ithaca community, and regionally within New York State. 

As participants emerge from successfully completing both Orientation and the Summer Institute, they will have achieved student empowerment, self-efficacy, and confidence to grow as Ithaca College scholars.   We strongly encourage all applicants to visit the campus for a tour.


  • Tutorial Services
    The availability of meeting one-one-one with a peer tutor also plays a significant role in ensuring success for HEOP students. Tutorials are offered in many general education courses including writing, math, Spanish, chemistry, biology, economics, communications, and study strategies. ESOL tutoring is also available for students who are not native English speakers.

*Questions regarding the application process and application status should be directed to the Office of Admission.


  • NOTE: It is the responsibility of the applicant to bring ALL current or previously completed college-level coursework to the attention of an Ithaca College Admission counselor or HEOP staff, during the application process.


**Applicants who are considered to be both academically and economically eligible by Ithaca College must complete an interview, AND these candidates will be contacted by the Office of State Grants to schedule their interview.