Opportunity Programs

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

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 Interviewed by Insight Into Diversity

Phyllis Breland ’80, director of Opportunity Programs and interim director of Diversity and Inclusion at Hamilton College, was featured in “Avoiding Burnout: How 10 CDOs Balance Work with Life” in Insight Into Diversity magazine. Breland is an Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) graduate of Hamilton.  More ...

Bridget Kayitesi ’18 Studies Star Formation as NAC Intern

Bridget Kayitesi ’18 was one of 19 students from across the country selected to spend nine weeks this summer as a National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) intern at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Va. Kayitesi is an Opportunity Programs student from Uganda.  More ...

Deasia Hawkins '18 teaches in the Summer Writing Institute at her former high school, William Nottingham, in Syracuse, N.Y.
Passion and Talent for Writing Add up to Internships for Deasia Hawkins ’18

Some hard-working Hamilton students get a jump on a career by doing an internship the summer after their first year. Deasia Hawkins ’18 is doing two. A skilled writer, Hawkins is sharing her talents with young students at the Young Authors Academy at the YMCA and William Nottingham High School’s Summer Writing Institute, both in her native Syracuse.  More ...

Marquis Palmer 18, right, discusses his Emerson project with his advisor Professor Rick Werner.
Marquis Palmer ’18 Examining #BlackLivesMatter Movement

This summer, Marquis Palmer ’18 is exploring conceptual frameworks with the potential to contribute to the recent #BlackLivesMatter movement, focusing primarily on an unexpected and popularly misunderstood school of thought — anarchism. His research is an Emerson project under the direction of John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy Richard Werner.  More ...

Onwaniqua Heard '15
Onwaniqua Heard ’15 Heads Back to the Classroom

Onwaniqua Heard ’15 is going to find herself back in the classroom more quickly than most recent graduates: this time, however, she’ll be the teacher, not the student. Heard will be entering the Greenwich Country Day School’s Co-Teacher Program this fall, a program that “gives co-teachers a chance to work with children of different ages and to broaden their professional experience.”  More ...

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