The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Merit Access Program (MAP) provide the opportunity for a college education to students who have not yet reached their full academic potential.
EOP/MAP at Purchase has a committed, dedicated staff who are eager to help students succeed. All members of the full-time EOP staff have earned the distinguished SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Admissions Process for EOP
First-year students: Admission to the Educational Opportunity Program is not based solely on traditional admission criteria. If the candidate is academically eligible and demonstrates strong motivation for a college education, he or she will be interviewed by a member of the EOP staff.
In addition, applicants to the conservatory programs must pass an audition, interview, or portfolio review. After the EOP interview, candidates will be assessed for economic eligibility to the program.
Transfer students: Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for consideration. Verification of enrollment in an opportunity program (EOP, HEOP, SEEK, CD) is required for transfer eligibility. Priority is given to EOP students in the State University of New York.
Precollege Orientation Program
All first-time students must attend the EOP/MAP pre-freshman summer orientation program in addition to the college’s regular summer orientation. The EOP/MAP summer program is one week in duration. Its primary focus is to orient the student to EOP/MAP and begin to formally introduce the student to Purchase College and its various supportive services. For more detail on the summer program, visit our Orientation site and click on the EOP/MAP tab.