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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

Kareem Watson '16
Kareem Watson ’16 Awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

Kareem Watson ’16, a public policy major at Hamilton, has received the Humanity In Action Fellowship for travel to Berlin this summer. He is the first Hamilton student to receive this award. The fellowship recognizes commitment to social justice and future promise for community leadership. Humanity in Action is an international educational organization headquartered in New York City.  More ...

Amrika Sieunarine '16
Amrika Sieunarine ’16 Awarded College's Bristol Fellowship

Amrika Sieunarine ’16 has been awarded Hamilton’s Bristol Fellowship for her project “Women and Poverty: Uncommon Perspectives on an All Too Common Struggle.” The fellowship is designed to encourage Hamilton students to experience the richness of the world by living outside the United States for one year and studying an area of great personal interest. Sieunarine will receive a $30,000 award and travel to Brazil, Greece, Bangladesh, Thailand and Ghana.  More ...

NY Assemblyman Ron Kim ’02 mingles with parents during a reception in the Taylor Science Center atrium.
Parents Connect at 10th Annual Opportunity Programs Event

More than 60 Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students and their families reunited for a day filled with information sessions, networking and student performances at the 10th annual Parents’ Connected Day on April 9.  More ...

Ramon Villalona and Rashveena Rajaram
NYC Trip Offers Taste of Positions in Finance

With graduation approaching, it may seem unusual that two senior economics majors have organized a trip to New York City for underclass students to meet with alumni executives at various financial institutions. Ramon Villalona and Rashveena Rajaram, co-presidents of Hamilton’s Finance Club, plan to expand their classmates’ vision of their career options  and assist them in making contacts  during this day-long event.   More ...

Ian Dunning '16 at the 41st annual Northeastern Storm Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Ian Dunning ’16 Presents Research on 2014 Local Tornado

Ian T. Dunning ’16 presented a poster titled “A Deadly Tornado in Upstate New York:  The Smithfield Tornado of 2014” at the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on March 4-6.    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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