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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

CGI U participants from left Tsion Tesfaye '16, Leonard Kilekwang '16, Sharif Shrestha '17, Emily Moschowits '16 and  Andy Chen '16.  Aleksandra Bogoevska and Alexandru Hirsu are studying abroad this semester.
Seven Selected for Clinton Global Initiatives University

Seven Hamilton students have been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) that will take place in April 1-3 at the University of California, Berkeley. Aleksandra Bogoevska ’17, Andy Chen ’16, Leonard Kilekwang ’16, Alexandru Hirsu ’17, Emily Moschowits ’16, Sharif Shrestha ’17 and Tsion Tesfaye ’16 will attend. Shrestha and Tesfaye were among four Hamilton students who participated in last year’s CGI U in Miami.  More ...

Ana Castro Reynoso '17
Ana Castro Reynoso ’17 Awarded Gilman Scholarship

Ana Castro Reynoso ’17 has been awarded a Gilman International Scholarship Program award for undergraduate study abroad for the spring 2016 semester. Reynoso plans to study in Morocco, Bolivia and Viet Nam in the SIT International Honors Program/Comparative: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy.  More ...

A group shot of the 2016 Levitt Leadership Institute participants in Kirner-Johnson.
5th Annual Levitt Leadership Institute Fosters Empathy and Self-Awareness

“I am convinced that individual human beings can make a difference.” The proclamation made by Prudence Bushnell, an American diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and the former Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Relations at Hamilton, established the framework for the Hamilton students participating in the 5th annual Levitt Leadership Institute, Jan. 10-15.  More ...

Angel Pichardo '17 and Hannah Strong '17
Angel Pichardo ’17, Hannah Strong ’17 Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Hamilton juniors Angel Pichardo and Hannah Strong have been awarded Gilman International Scholarship Program awards for undergraduate study abroad in the spring 2016 semester. Pichardo plans to study in the biomedicine program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Strong will enroll at the University of Capetown, South Africa, in the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) arts and sciences program.  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 ...

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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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