CSU EOP Application
- Students have to complete and submit the regular CSU application before they can start the EOP application. So, focus on getting all four of those applications done before moving on to EOP.
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is for low income, first generation students. All of our students should apply for this program.
- The EOP application says that these kids have the ability to be more successful but the disadvantages associated with being low income and first generation college students have prevented them from reaching their potential – so EOP seeks to provide services to bridge that gap.
- Like the regular CSU application, you will need to fill out one for each campus they are applying to. And again, if you fill out one completely and submit it, most of the info will automatically transfer to the following applications.
WHAT EOP PROVIDES
o EOP has an additional academic counselor/advisor that makes sure they are staying on track academically and taking the classes they need
o EOP students often get priority registration, so they don’t have to worry about getting locked of the classes they need.
o Some of the EOP programs have a little bit of grant money they give students to help offset costs for things like books and supplies.
o The big resource that EOP offers is that it can get students who were denied on their regular application to be admitted to the university as a special admit. If a student has fulfilled all of the requirement except they are short one class, sometimes they are admitted through EOP.
o This is why even the students who don’t think they will qualify for the CSUs should still fill out the application – because EOP gives them a second pathway in.
WHAT'S IN THE EOP APPLICATION
- The application is also on the CSU Mentor website. It is 5 or 6 pages.
- The first 2 pages are basic demographic – name, address, birthday, kind of stuff. Much of it is automatically transferred over from the main CSU application.
- There is a page that asks if (and what) educational or social support programs they have participated in. All students should check the box that mentions the school lunch program.
- The next page asks 5 short (2-3 sentence) autobiographic questions:
§ List any volunteer, extracurricular activities, or work experience you are or have been involved in the past 2 years
§ Why would you like to attend college? Discus you career and person goals. Are there any particular circumstances, experiences, people that influenced your preparation and motivation to attend college? Please explain.
§ Briefly discuss your academic background. Did you utilize any additional support at your high school, such as tutoring? Do your grades in high school and/or college reflect your academic ability or potential?
§ Briefly describe your family’s economic background. Include information about your financial challenges.
§ Please tell us more about yourself. Is there any additional information you would like EOP to consider in determining your admission to the program?
- The last page asks for information on two recommenders (Name, job title, email address).
- Recommenders will be asked to rate the student’s academic skills and their characteristics and motivation.
- They will also need to answer the following questions:
· To your knowledge, does this applicant have a historically disadvantaged background (i.e., low income for several years, first generation college student, inner-city or migrant family)?
· Why do you believe this student qualifies for EOP, and what services or assistance would you recommend to help him/her to succeed in college?
· Please discuss any barriers to achievement the applicant has faced. Do you believe they will affect his/her performance in college?
· What is your assessment of the student’s potential, motivation, or capability for undertaking college work and potential to succeed in college?
§ Teachers will have to submit their recommendation 4 times (1 for each campus the student applied to) – but when they open the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th recommendation for that student, the only thing they will be asked to do is ‘sign’ and date the recommendation before submitting.
- Every CSU campus has their own deadline for the EOP application. Rather than trying to keep track of 23 different deadlines – it is best to say… get them all in by the Nov 30th regular application deadline. If they are in by Nov 30th, then they will know they didn’t miss a deadline.
- Also, the number of applicants for EOP has skyrocketed lately – and some campus have stopped accepting applications even before their deadline passes. So, the longer the students wait, the less likely they will be accepted.
- Cal State LA and Northridge have an interview day for the students who make the first cut. These interview days are usually in early January. If a student get invited to attend one of these interview days, the need to make sure they get out there for it. If they don’t go, they aren’t going to be selected for EOP.