Opportunity Programs


Phyllis A.H. Breland
315-859-4912 (fax)

HEOP and College Scholars

The Opportunity Programs at Hamilton College is comprised of two (2) programs designed to increase access to higher education for students who present an alternate academic profile and who demonstrate the ability to compete successfully in an academically competitive environment. A history of more than 40 years at Hamilton, demonstrates the college's commitment to a community that is culturally rich.

New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) was established by the State Legislature in 1969 to provide access to independent college and universities for economically and educationally disadvantaged students from New York State. Economic eligibility is based on state-mandated low-income guidelines. Academic criteria are determined by each HEOP institution: a student enrolled in HEOP does not meet the institution's traditional admissions profile, but are the top performers from the high schools and academies they may attend. HEOP students must demonstrate that they are able to successfully compete at this institution. There exist no compromises in the admission process. The Higher Education Opportunity Program is an avenue through which any student meeting both academic and economic guidelines can obtain a post high school degree.

The Hamilton College Scholars Program

The Hamilton College Scholars Program runs parallel to the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Hamilton Scholars are students who are ineligible for HEOP due to economic or residential criteria. The College Scholars Program is entirely funded by Hamilton College. Scholars hail from all over the United States and can include eligible international students.


All Opportunity Program students must complete a five-week
summer program
conducted at the college.

There is no cost to the student for participating in the program.

The Summer Program includes work in:

  • Writing
  • Public Speaking and Oral Communication
  • Logic
  • Science
  • Philosophy
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Government
  • Physical fitness requirements
  • Time management, research methods, library resource, and assistance in the development of a personalized routine for learning.

Participation in the Opportunity Programs provides students with structured academic support, advocacy, and facilitates social transitioning.

The Opportunity Program also provides academic support through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).

Opportunity Program students may also receive some financial assistance towards the cost of travel and books.