Contact

Johnni F. Mahdi
Director of Opportunity Programs

(315) 792-3209

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)



For some students, a college education is out of reach because of economic and educational disadvantages. The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) seeks to provide students with the tools they need to earn their degree.

Utica College has long believed that an education should be available to students who are willing to work hard. The College also believes that students learn by interacting with different cultures. Because of this, Utica College holds the distinction of being one of the first colleges to offer HEOP in the state.

Established in 1969 by New York State, HEOP is open to New York State residents regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or physical challenge. To be eligible for HEOP, prospective students must be academically under-prepared, financially disadvantaged, and demonstrate potential for academic success.

First-time HEOP freshmen are required to attend the six-week pre-freshman Summer Institute, designed to serve as a bridge between high school and college. The coursework is carefully chosen to match each student's level of skills and future career goals. Courses are offered in writing, mathematics, science, reading, and study skills. A staff of counselors and tutors is available to help students adjust to college life.

Transfers from an equivalent program, as approved by the New York State Education Department, are welcome to apply. Students receive financial support and related services such as academic and personal counseling, and tutoring up to a maximum of 10 semesters (five years).

As part of our effort to help students, Opportunity Programs has additional services available through: