Opportunity Programs


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

Summer Program

Program Overview

Opportunity Programs at Hamilton College is an academic program 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 proven support of the program. Selection for admission through Opportunity Programs is highly competitive. An offer of admission is a clear statement of the student’s potential, and a sign of the College’s willingness to fully invest in their success.

Integrated within the Summer Program are also unique opportunities to fulfill the College’s Quantitative Literacy and Fitness requirements for graduation. The Summer Program also provides opportunities for cultural enrichment, camaraderie, and civic engagement through planned weekend excursions that include art, fine dining, collective and community collaboration, and team building.

Our focus is to help students create a sense of ownership, ease transition, and 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
  • Logic
  • 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 in the Opportunity Programs provides students with structured academic support, advocacy, and facilitates social transitioning.

At the conclusion of the summer program an academic support profile is developed for each student. Students are aware of their reading speed and comprehension, critical skill and analysis abilities, vocabulary level, writing concerns, or any area that requires support or personal attention. The director then discusses this profile with the student, increasing student readiness for the fall semester.