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Academic Opportunity Programs

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Academic Opportunity Programs, comprised of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and HWS AOP, are designed to support students who present an alternate academic profile and who demonstrate high potential to compete successfully in an academically competitive environment.

The Academic Opportunity Programs staff provides academic counseling, academic and personal support to more than 75 Hobart and William Smith program students each year.

Admission & Application Information

All candidates that want to be considered for the HEOP/Scholar program must go through the general admission process. Learn More about the HEOP Program.

Brief Background

Academic Opportunity Programs, which includes HEOP and the HWS AOP program, is an access and academic support program that by nature is fluid in its operation by creating a web of support for first generation and traditionally underrepresented populations in higher education. The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is funded by the New York State Department of Education and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

HEOP is regarded as one of the most successful academic access and support programs of its type in the nation based upon student achievement and graduation rates according to the Teagel Foundation.

Support services offered to students

Academic, personal, financial and career counseling: The Academic Opportunity Program staff can assist its students by providing essential counseling and advising support in the areas of academic, financial aid and social support. The staff also works closely with students to help them take advantage of many other campus resources available such as Career Services, the Counseling Center, faculty advisers, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Tutorials: Tutoring and academic support is provided by both Academic Opportunity Program staff and through the Colleges’ Center for Teaching and Learning.

Full-need financial aid package: Financial aid is provided through a combination of grants, loans and work. First-year students also receive assistance in purchasing their books and supplies.

Summer Institute

HEOP/AOP Class of 2024 Information:
Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program New and Updated Information will be posted regularly.

Dear Accepted HEOP/AOP students for the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Classes of 2024:
Congratulations on your acceptance to Hobart and William Smith Colleges through the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and AOP.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will meet online this summer for a virtual program from July 6 to July 31 as well as a gathering on-campus for a program from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15.

Summer Institute: July 6 – July 31, 2020 (virtual program), Aug. 9 – Aug. 15, 2020 (on campus program)
When a student is accepted to Hobart and William Smith Colleges through the Academic Opportunity Programs office (HEOP/AOP), that student will typically attend a five-week intensive academic summer program, required for all first-time enrolling Academic Opportunity Program students. Participation and completion in “good” academic standing is essential in order for a student to fully matriculate as an HEOP or opportunity program student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This year, due to the need to conduct the program virtually, we will teach courses in Writing and Rhetoric (1 credit/3 credit equivalent), History of Education Movements (1 credit/3 credit equivalent) and Study Skills for College Success. In addition, individual counseling sessions are scheduled to assist students in making the transition to the college environment. The Summer Institute sets the foundation for making the successful transition to HWS through academic preparation in essential skills necessary for college success, and building identity and community as new college students. In addition to learning administrative processes, students receive in-depth orientations to learn about the many services available on campus.

For the on-campus portion of the program, students will arrive to campus on Aug. 9, beginning the “on-campus” portion of your SI 2020 experience just prior to first-year orientation. This means you will arrive early to campus and remain on campus for the duration of the term.

Fall term meetings and beyond: Upon returning to campus for the fall term all first-year students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Opportunity Program adviser once a week. The meetings are designed for academic and social support. Graded and academic work in progress will be reviewed and discussed to ensure that the student is effectively utilizing the skill sets learned over the summer. These meetings are also a perfect time to discuss any issue that may need to be addressed. Meetings are typically scheduled for a half hour. In the fall, all first-year students are required to sign an academic contract outlining all of the program expectations for student participation in Academic Opportunity Programs.

Summer Institute Emergency Information Form

Eligibility Requirements

HEOP applicants must be a resident of New York State for one year prior to the first term of enrollment.

Must have acquired a high school diploma or the equivalent, be non-admissible by the College’s regular admissions standards and demonstrate the motivation and potential to succeed academically despite one’s academic background.

The applicant or his/her family must also meet one or more of the following economic requirements:

  • Earn a yearly income not in excess of New York State economic guidelines for HEOP as shown below.
  • Receive, or be a dependent of an individual receiving, either Aid to Dependent Children, Home Relief or Family Day Care payments through a New York State or country Department of Social Services.
  • Live with foster parents who do not provide economic support for college.
  • Be a “ward” of the court.

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Student Programming

  • Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops in Study Skills, Test taking Strategies, Effective Note Taking
  • Dr. Alger L. Adams ’32 Academic Excellence Award Dinner
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
  • Afro-Latino Alumni/ae Association’s (ALAA) Spring Weekend
  • International Women’s Day Reception
  • New Faculty Reception
  • Multicultural Reception
  • Career Services: PATHWAYS link when attending the Summer Institute
  • Annual Graduation Barbeque
  • Many co-sponsored events with the Office of Intercultural Affairs

Student Resources

Intercultural Affairs

Financial Aid

Center for Teaching & Learning

Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education

HWS Dean’s Offices


Academic Opportunity Programs Office
288 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3319
Fax: (315) 781-3888

James A. Burruto, MS Ed., Director
Edith Wormley, BSW, Assistant Director
Bonné DiLeo, Secretary