OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS

At SUNY Empire, Opportunity Programs are about closing equity gaps for everyone, regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs, etc. We serve all students who meet our eligibility criteria.

After acceptance to the university, you will be notified if you’re eligible for one of our Opportunity Programs.

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Opportunity Programs (OP) at SUNY Empire provide an academic community that empowers students with the tools they need to excel in their educational journey. These programs will nurture the potential of participants through dynamic enrichment programming, empowering students to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. Moreover, the OP Team recognizes the unique needs of each student and provides individualized support, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Through Opportunity Programs, we are not just investing in the potential of individual students; we are actively dismantling systemic barriers and fostering a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape. By championing the empowerment of historically underserved students, OP levels the playing field- where talent and ambition are no longer hindered by circumstance.

BENEFITS FOR OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS STUDENTS

 Enhanced Academic Support and Coaching Services

Help from professional tutors to assist with time management, organization, accountability, and academic content.

 Mentorship and Coaching

You get a dedicated advisor that will coach you throughout your degree program. Our team will provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed at Empire State University and beyond.

 Early Degree Planning

 Once accepted to one of our Opportunity Programs, you will meet with an advisor to create a degree plan that meets your personal, professional, and academic goals.

 Orientation and Programming

You will take part in our extended orientation program to help us get to know each other and give you a foundation for a successful university experience. You also benefit from monthly enrichment workshops, networking, and experts who will keep you engaged and informed.

 Financial Assistance*

Some of our Opportunity Programs offer financial assistance. Those who qualify will receive an OP grant to help with university costs.

 Laptop Loaner Program

Priority status in our laptop loaner program, where you can be loaned a college laptop throughout the duration of your studies at Empire State University.

 Basic Needs

We will refer you to essential community resources if you’re in need of support with housing, food, internet service, and/or mental health.

*See the chart below for programs that offer financial assistance.



To apply, you must:



If I am honest, attending school online has a completely different vibe from what I am used to. And just like anyone else, I faced my fair share of obstacles, but with the help of the OP team and staff alike, I was able to overcome those obstacles to keep on moving towards my goal. 

 -Kiearra Edwards, EOP Student 

OUR 8 OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS

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EMPIRE PROMISE PROGRAM (EPP)

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MILITARY VETERAN OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (MVOP)
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PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS (PSOP)

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP)
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EMPIRE STATE OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (ESOP)

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FOSTER YOUTH COLLEGE SUCCESS INITIATIVE (FYCSI)
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FORTIFIED CLASSROOM (FC)

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MY BROTHER'S KEEPER: TEACHER OPPORTUNITY CORPS II (TOC)

If I am honest, attending school online has a completely different vibe from what I am used to. And just like anyone else, I faced my fair share of obstacles, but with the help of the OP team and staff alike, I was able to overcome those obstacles to keep on moving towards my goal. 

 -Kiearra Edwards, EOP Student 

Program Benefits
Program Who is eligible NYS Required Enhanced Academic Support Financial Assistance Mentorship & Coaching Laptop Loaner Basic Needs
Empire State Opportunity Program (ESOP) Transer students who are financially eligible
Education Opportunity Program (EOP) First-time freshman and opportunity program transfer students (EOP/ HEOP/ College Discovery/ SEEK) who are financially eligible
Empire Promise Program (EPP) First-time freshman and transfer students who are selected and invited to join
Presidential Scholar's (PSOP) Those who qualify for EPP and have an associate degree
Military Veteran Opportunity Program (MVOP) Those who qualify for EPP and are Military-aligned (Active Duty, Veteran, spouse, or dependent)
Foster Youth College Success Initiatives (FYCSI) Any full or part time student who meets the qualifications
Fortified Classroom (FC) Any new, first-time student, located in New York City
My Brother's Keeper: Teacher Opportunity Corps II (TOC)* Empire State Opportunity Program (ESOP)

*Currently, only considering those who can be placed at Albany or Schenectady City School District.

To be eligible for admission to our opportunity programs, you must:

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

Contact the Office of Opportunity Programs

opapply@sunyempire.edu
800-847-3000 ext. 2204

Who is eligible:

Transfer Students who are financially eligible.
New York State Residency required

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

First-time freshmen and opportunity program transfer students (EOP/HEOP/College Discovery/SEEK) who are financially eligible. New York State Residency required.

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

First-time freshmen and transfer students who are selected and invited to join.

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

Those who qualify for EPP and have an associate degree.

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

Those who qualify for EPP and are Military-aligned (Active Duty, Veteran, spouse, or dependent).

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

Any full or part time student who meets the qualifications. New York State Residency required.

Program benefits:

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

Any new, first-time student, located in New York City.

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Who is eligible:

Empire State Opportunity Program (ESOP)

Program benefits:

Online Support

Enhanced Academic Support

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Counseling

Mentorship & Coaching

Loaner Laptop

Loaner Laptop

Basic Needs

Basic Needs

*Currently, only those who can be placed at Schenectady or Albany City School District can be considered for eligibility.

**Financial assistance is only received at the graduate level.