At this time, RIT's New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) recruits eligible New York State high school graduates for application to its program. Please review the eligibility information on the Eligibility page before beginning the application process. Eligible applicants should follow the process outlined here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Families should file their 2014 taxes as soon as possible in order to be considered for the program. Late application materials, including supporting financial documentation, will result in applicants being excluded from the pool for the 2015-16 academic year.
At this time, RIT's New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is over-enrolled and has a waitlist for transfer applicants. Eligible transfer students must come from an HEOP/EOP/SEEK, or College Discovery Program. Once accepted to RIT, transfers should contact Kris Shamp at (585) 475-2506 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a HEOP transfer application.
Complete the RIT Application for Undergraduate Admissions. Be sure to complete the RIT Supplemental Form and check the box that indicates you are applying for admission through HEOP. Write "HEOP - Waive Fee" across the top of the application. This allows you not to pay the application fee. Your application should include the Secondary School Transcript Request, including counselor recommendation and high school transcript as well as your Personal Statement.
Once you complete the RIT Application and check the box that indicates you are applying for admission through HEOP, you will receive the HEOP application materials electronically and as well as by U.S. mail. If you do not receive your application information, please call (585) 475-2506 or email email@example.com. The HEOP Application includes a request for your high school transcript, a counselor recommendation for HEOP, an application essay, and the financial worksheet. You will also have to provide supporting financial documentation as listed on the financial worksheet.
Do not wait until your parents file their taxes to complete the FAFSA. Use year-end statements such as W-2s. Please indicate the RIT school code 002806.
All eligible freshman applicants must complete a personal interview with HEOP representatives. Interviews for upstate applicants will be held in Rochester, NY, starting the third week of February. Interviews for downstate applicants will be held in New York City the last week of February/first week of March. After completing the interview, those students selected for entry through HEOP will be notified officially by Admissions by mid-March.
All incoming freshmen must attend the summer pre-freshmen program. Students live on campus while taking courses in writing, math, study skills, and a seminar called HEOP 101. In addition, students take a credit course that can be applied to their general education degree requirements. They also attend cultural and social activities sponsored by RIT. HEOP counselors meet regularly with each student. Peer and professional tutors and the use of computer labs also help students with the completion of classroom assignments. Summer tuition, room, board, and other costs are at no charge to the student. *Students earning a summer program GPA of 2.5 in the non-credit courses and a grade of C or higher in the credit course are eligible to enter RIT as a full-time HEOP student the following fall semester. Students performing below these minimum standards will be subject to further review.