All prospective Opportunity Program students must apply through the general Hamiliton College admission process. There is no separate application or place to mark your interest on Hamilton's application. Students who want to be considered for the program must ensure that all of their financial aid documents have been submitted to and received by the Hamilton College Financial Aid Office.

Program Eligibility

In order to be considered for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), you must be a resident of New York State and:

  • Possess a high school equivalency diploma, or the equivalent of a GED
  • Meet the academic criteria set by the Office of Admissions
  • Meet program New York State Education Department economic guidelines

Note that for the 2023-24 academic year, Hamilton is test-optional for all applicants. Please refer to the Office of Admissions guidance regarding standardized testing submission for more details.
Students who are interested in transferring into HEOP at Hamilton College must already be in an Opportunity Program at another institution in New York State (ie Double Discovery, SEEK, EOP, HEOP). A personal interview is required for HEOP transfer applicants.


Office / Department Name

Opportunity Program

Contact Name

Aaron Ray

Director of Opportunity Program

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