"EOP was there for me even before I started my education at Chico State and became more like a family to me than a support service."
– Veronica Coates, School Psychologist
Q: If I am an EOPS participant at my community college, will I automatically be admitted through EOP?
A: Not necessarily. Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are two separate programs with different admissions criteria. Although many EOPS students meet EOP admission criteria, there are some who will not because they have not been historically, economically, or educationally disadvantaged.Q: Do I have to give my parents' income if I have been living apart from them for many years?
A: Yes. The parental income information is used to help establish a family history of disadvantage.
Q: Does Part 2, the Recommendation Form, of the EOP application have to be filled out by a teacher or counselor?
A: Yes. We need someone who has first-hand knowledge of your academic achievement and potential. If you are in a pre-college or support program (i.e., Upward Bound, ETS, AVID, EOPS), it is really helpful if you have one of those counselors submit a recommendation for you.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the Educational Opportunity Program?
A: EOP applicants must be California residents and meet the low-income guidelines listed on page 2 of the EOP application booklet. Applicants must demonstrate that their family has a history of being both educationally and economically disadvantaged. Typically, the parents of EOP students are not college graduates. In addition, EOP applicants must demonstrate the academic potential and motivation to succeed in college. Students who plan to pursue online majors or any distance education programs at CSU, Chico are not eligible for EOP.
Q: How will I benefit from being admitted through EOP?
A: EOP provides orientations to help you learn about campus resources and services. While you are enrolled you will be eligible to receive counseling, tutoring, and advising services. The best part is that EOP provides you with a family-like atmosphere to help you during your college experience.
Q: How is the decision made regarding my EOP admission status?
A: Your completed EOP file will be reviewed by a committee of EOP professional staff. A final decision is made based upon the information provided on the Applicant Information Form, the Recommendation Forms, and your high school transcripts.
Q: Can I send photocopies of my EOP application?
A: Yes. We understand that some students will be applying to multiple campuses. However we encourage our applicants to use the paperless application available at the CSU Mentor web site.
Q: Do I have to submit the Applicant Information Form (part 1) and the Recommendation Forms (parts 2a and 2b) of the EOP application at the same time?
A: No. We require that the Applicant Information Form of the application be completed by November 30 and both Recommendation forms should be in by January 31.
Q: Are all newly admitted EOP students required to attend Summer Bridge?
A: No. However, Summer Bridge participants are typically selected based upon the applicant's GPA, SAT (or ACT) scores, and EPT/ELM results.
Please note - all applicants will receive a "Save the Date for Summer Bridge" e-mail, but EOP will notify students separately if they are actually required to attend Summer Bridge.