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About HEOP

HEOP is committed to the recruitment and academic success of disadvantaged students with strong academic potential and personal initiative who would otherwise be excluded from higher education at a private New York State college or university.

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  • Image of Davierraven Simmons, Electro-Mechanical Technology student

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    Davierraven Simmons

    RIT is a new, exciting and challenging environment especially for an inner city student. Coming into RIT I had no idea how I would accomplish some of my goals with such a vast range of classes and activities. HEOP has helped me adopt the proper everyday habits I need to be successful here. The HEOP staff was excellent in integrating me into the community and giving me the tools I need to become the student I imagined I would be. Now I can honestly say that I have a sense of community, belonging and a great support system emotionally and academically.

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  • Maria Tovar, Business Management student

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    Maria Tovar

    The HEOP program has meant a lot for me. It has given me the opportunity to be the first in my family to start college and start my journey. This is my first year and I can already say I love college, thanks to the HEOP program and all the support it has to offer. During the summer program I had the chance to meet many other talented freshmen students. We are all ambitious, intelligent, and have a bright future ahead of us. All that was needed for us to succeed was motivational support, and I honestly can say that we all found it here in HEOP at RIT.

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    S.M. Huq

    RIT HEOP program has connected me to the academia beyond the classrooms and courses. It made me feel that I am, along with others, are the manifestation of my University's power and success. HEOP staff and the advisors are always here for me whenever I need them and I was going though difficulties. They helped me to stay focused on my goals and prioritize tasks. RIT HEOP program convinced me that I made the right choice when I came to RIT because the program ensures that I have the best college experience.

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  • Ja'Nai Gray, Criminal Justice/Sociology student

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    Ja'Nai Gray

    The HEOP community has shaped my ability to grow not only as a person, but as a professional. Not only is HEOP a community, but HEOP is a family that I am very grateful to be part of!

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  • Diana Castillo, Civil Engineering Technology student

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    Diana Castillo

    I want to thank HEOP for the amazing work they did to help me through my hardest days and towards my dreams. I'm so grateful to have the HEOP family by my side to support me and help me find a co-op, because it was probably one of the hardest things I had to deal with in my undergraduate career. I started my new job and I absolutely love it.  I will always remember and be grateful for everything the HEOP program has done for me.

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  • Image of Jhade Benitez, Advertising Photography student

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    Jhade Benitez

    When I applied to the Rochester Institute of Technology, my high school counselor suggested I apply for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). I had no clue what it was going to be or what kinds of benefits the program had for students. During the 4-week summer program, you meet the other HEOP students who you will know for all your years at college. My first year at RIT, HEOP was crucial to my academic success.

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  • Jessica Alvarado, Biomedical Sciences student

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    Jessica Alvarado

    HEOP is hope. It’s where you have support to accomplish your dreams. Where others may have doubted you, HEOP believes in you.

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