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Please note that the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) has strict eligibility requirements. Before you prepare your application materials, please read the following important information. If you think you are eligible, please proceed to the Admissions page of this site.

If you determine that you DO NOT meet the eligibility guidelines but you are interested in applying to RIT as a regularly admitted student, please inform the RIT Office of Admissions at (585)475-6631. Your application will then be reviewed under regular admission guidelines.

Is RIT and its programs the right fit for my goals and interests?


RIT is one of the world’s leading technological institutions. It offers internationally recognized programs in engineering, computing, photography, design, fine arts, science, math, business, and many other disciplines. An RIT education will help you build a solid foundation for the rest of your life. You will find an incredible array of academic programs and learning opportunities, a diverse mix of talented and accessible faculty, sophisticated facilities, and an unusual emphasis on experiential learning. Just as importantly, you will find a vibrant, connected community that is home to talented, ambitious, and creative students from more than 100 countries. The result is a unique blend of rigor and imagination, of specialization and perspective, of intellect and practice that defines the RIT experience.

RIT is a private technological university of approximately 17,000 students worldwide. Approximately 9000 undergraduate students attend the Henrietta campus in Rochester, New York. RIT is unique because of it longtime emphasis on co-operative education and career focus. It is a competitive university that is committed to teaching excellence and student success. Please review the RIT web site and undergraduate bulletin for more detailed information about RIT’s various programs and resources.

Am I eligible for RIT’s HEOP program?


Eligible HEOP students must:

  • Have permanent residence in New York State
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Have not registered for college courses for credit after high school graduation
  • Be inadmissible to RIT under regular admission guidelines
  • Meet NYS economic eligibility guidelines (see below)
  • Attend and successfully complete a four-and-a-half week summer program
  • If applying as a transfer, applicants must have been in an approved opportunity program at a previous college


Total # of Family Members
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income In
Preceding Calendar Year
1 $21,978
2 $29,637
3 $37,296
4 $44,955
5 $52,614
6 $60,273
7 $67,951
For each additional person add $7,696
* This chart is based on the financial guidelines for the 2016-17 entering class. It is subject to change.


Students considered for HEOP fall below the overall academic criteria for the RIT program they are applying to. RIT operates under a differential admissions process, which means that criteria will vary per program. Standardized tests are just one of many factors used when considering students for admission to RIT. In regard to specific SAT/ACT requirements for regular admission, we provide students with middle 50% guidelines based on the scores of the current freshmen class. Since those scores are middle ranges, we accept scores above and below them. These ranges as well as minimum math and science requirements per program, can be found by copying and pasting the following link into your Internet browser:

Please direct any questions regarding HEOP eligibility and admissions to Kris Shamp at (585) 475-2506 or by email at