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Opportunity Programs

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Phyllis A.H. Breland
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The Opportunity Programs office is located in McEwen Hall 104.

The Opportunity Programs staff provides academic counseling and personal support to more than 170 Hamilton students each year.

The Hamilton College Opportunity Programs, HEOP and College Scholars, are designed to support students who present an alternate academic profile and who demonstrate the ability to compete successfully in an academically competitive environment. More ...

Admission and Application Information

Selection for admission is highly competitive. An offer of admission is a clear statement of a student’s potential and a sign of the College’s willingness to fully invest in that student's success. More ...


Summer Program

The five-week summer program introduces students to college-level work and provides students with a strong academic foundation that facilitates a successful transition to college life. More ...

Information and Resources for Students

Students in the News

Phyllis Breland '80
Breland ’80 Presents CICU Webinar

Director of Opportunity Programs and Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion Phyllis Breland ’80 presented a webinar titled “Routine for Learning” on July 15. The presentation was part of the NYGEAR UP summer webinar series presented by The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York.  More ...

Opportunity Program students with David Wippman
Wippmann Welcomes New Students

Having arrived on campus on June 26, members of the Opportunity Program were among the first of the Class of 2020 to meet the college’s new president. David Wippman, who arrived on campus almost simultaneously with the students, joined the group of 39 for a photo followed by lunch on July 5.  More ...

The graduates file into the Field House.
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Urges Class of 2016 to “Do What Hasn’t Been Done”

In his address at Hamilton’s commencement, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel told the Class of 2016, “At this time in your life you know fewer limits, fewer taboos and fewer fears than you ever will in the future. So do not squander your ignorance! Go out and do what your teachers and parents thought could not be done, and what they never thought of doing,” he urged.  More ...

Kareem Watson '16
Kareem Watson ’16 Awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

Kareem Watson ’16, a public policy major at Hamilton, has received the Humanity In Action Fellowship for travel to Berlin this summer. He is the first Hamilton student to receive this award. The fellowship recognizes commitment to social justice and future promise for community leadership. Humanity in Action is an international educational organization headquartered in New York City.  More ...

Amrika Sieunarine '16
Amrika Sieunarine ’16 Awarded College's Bristol Fellowship

Amrika Sieunarine ’16 has been awarded Hamilton’s Bristol Fellowship for her project “Women and Poverty: Uncommon Perspectives on an All Too Common Struggle.” The fellowship is designed to encourage Hamilton students to experience the richness of the world by living outside the United States for one year and studying an area of great personal interest. Sieunarine will receive a $30,000 award and travel to Brazil, Greece, Bangladesh, Thailand and Ghana.  More ...

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HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.

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