Essential Tips for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Application

1. Briefly describe your family’s economic background. Include information about your financial challenges.

2. Why would you like to attend college? Discuss your career and personal goals. Are there any particular circumstances, school experiences, or persons that influenced your preparation or motivation to attend college (e.g., cultural/financial background, family, teachers, schools you attended)? Please explain.

3. Briefly discuss your academic background. Did you utilize any additional support at your high school, such as tutoring? Do your grades in high school and/or college reflect your academic ability or potential?

4. List any volunteer, extracurricular activities, or work experience in which you are or have been involved in the past two years.

5. Is there any additional information you would like EOP to consider in determining your admission to the program?

Question 1

You can think of offering 3 basic parts in your response: 

  1. Describe your family’s economic background, then write about the challenges you faced (and their impact/effects).

  2. What did you do about them?

    • Are there actions you took to work through those challenges? Think in terms of verb phrases: worked at A to support my family, taught myself B, cared for C, cooked for D, self-studied E, took on F responsibilities, etc.

  3. What did you learn?

Question 2

Be clear, direct, and specific: You can begin your response by directly discussing why you want to attend college. To help get more specific with your phrasing and focus, think about what your goals are for your career, for your personal growth, for your family, for stability, for curiosity—how does college help you work toward these various goals?

Then, be sure to address the second half of the question: Are there specific people, circumstances, or experiences that have influenced your desires? Offer some detail about who or what these people or experiences are, and how/why they influenced you to want to attend college. Did a sibling’s journey inspire you? Did a teacher motivate you? Did an academic experience intrigue you? Have your economic circumstances influenced what you want to do and why?

Question 3

Again, be clear, specific, and direct in responding to the questions, and be sure to address each part of the prompt. What has been particularly important or interesting to you academically? What resources have you taken advantage of in trying to support your academic development? Were there resources you couldn’t take advantage of due to specific circumstances?

In particular, be sure to respond to the second question: If you’re applying to EOP, it’s almost guaranteed that your grades don’t reflect your academic potential—that’s why you’re applying. So what are the specific reasons why? For example, did caring for siblings or working to support family limit your time for studying, or for taking advantage of other resources or opportunities? 

Question 4

Pay attention to the “list” and “past two years” parts—you don’t need to write a paragraph on a single activity. Rather, list out different activities and discuss briefly what you did in the activity (responsibilities, actions, impact). And think broadly about “activity”—this doesn’t just mean clubs at school. 

Question 5

You can treat this as both an additional info section and a conclusion to the previous questions. If there’s anything important for them to consider that isn’t covered in the other questions, be sure to add it here. You can also use this to discuss/reflect on why EOP is important for your success heading forward, and to wrap your application to a close.

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