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Opportunity Programs

 @HamiltonOP

Phyllis A.H. Breland
315-859-4398
315-859-4912 (fax)

The Opportunity Programs office is located in McEwen Hall 104.

Summer Program

Program Overview

Opportunity Programs at Hamilton College is held in high regard by both the College and the New York State Education Department. Students who are offered admission to Hamilton through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or Hamilton College Scholars are deemed to have the potential to excel with the structure and support provided by the program. Admission through Opportunity Programs is highly competitive. An offer of admission is a clear statement of a student’s potential and a sign that College is willing to fully invest in that student's success.

The Summer Program includes unique opportunities for students to fulfill College graduation requirements in  quantitative and symbolic reasoning and in physical education. The program also provides opportunities for enrichment, camaraderie and civic engagement through planned excursions that include art, fine dining, collective and community collaboration and team building.

The program's focus is to help students create a sense of ownership, to ease transitions and to support the Hamilton curriculum with a well-rounded approach that makes success possible.

There is no cost to the student for participating in the program.


The Summer Program includes work in:

  • Writing
  • Public speaking and oral communication
  • Critical reasoning
  • Science
  • Philosophy
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Government
  • Physical fitness requirements
  • Time management, research methods, library resource and assistance in the development of a personalized routine for learning

Participation provides students with structured academic support and advocacy and facilitates social transitioning.

At the conclusion of the summer program an academic-support profile is developed for each student. Students will be made aware of their reading speed and comprehension, critical skill and analysis abilities, vocabulary level, writing concerns and any area in which they require support or personal attention. The director then discusses the profile with students to increase their readiness for the fall semester.

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