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About HEOP


The New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is committed to the recruitment and academic success of historically 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. The program provides financial, academic and personal support to maximize student success. HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.


HEOP will be known on campus and in the community as an advocate and a resource that provides eligible low-income and underrepresented students access to higher education and support services to promote their persistence and graduation.


The mission of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program is to recruit, enroll, support, retain and graduate New York State students who qualify according to the academic and economic guidelines of the State Education Department and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Program Goals

In alignment with RIT's 2015-2025 Stategic Plan, HEOP will:

  • Enroll low-income and underrepresented HEOP-elligble students in RIT's competitive programs of study, particularly in RIT STEM programs.
  • Provide comprehensive support services to promote and sustain a culture of academic excellence for HEOP students, particularly female and male minority students.
  • Engage, support and recognize HEOP students in their progress towards on-time degree completion.