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New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

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341 Science Center
PO Box 5513
Potsdam, NY 13699-5513
Phone: 315-268-7974

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday
Summer:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Academic Year:   8 a.m. – 4:30  p.m. 

Tammy McGregor-Twiss

Kelvin Herrera-Hassan
Assistant Director

Elizabeth Girard
Admission & Academic Counselor

The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), is funded jointly by the University and a HEOP grant through the New York State Education Department. Clarkson HEOP offers college access and a comprehensive academic support system to assist in student academic success. Programming provides a broad range of services to students who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution.

Clarkson HEOP students have access to a significant student-centered support system, including the Summer PRE-freshman Experience (SPREE), and academic-year guidance and support.


The HEOP guidelines, developed by the State Department of Education are as follows:

General Requirements:

  • Be a New York State resident for one year prior to entry into HEOP
  • Have attained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a State Equivalency Diploma
  • Demonstrated high potential and motivation for attaining a college education.
  • Be considered economically and academically disadvantaged as indicated in the following sections.

Academic Requirements:

  • Student academic profile, that includes high school grades, SAT scores and academic history that would be considered non-admissible through Clarkson’s regular admissions standards.
  • Student demonstrates high potential, promise and motivation for attaining a college education.

Economic Requirements:

Reference to the economic guidelines need not be made if the applicant falls into one of the following categories, and documentation is sent forth: a) the student or his/her family is a recipient of payment through a New York State County Department of Social Services; b) the student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents; c) the student is a ward of the state or county. 

How to Apply

Complete either a Common Application AND Clarkson Common Application Supplement OR the Clarkson University Unconventional Application online and be sure to check the HEOP candidate box.

Applications are available through your high school counseling or college offices or at:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at:

If you are a current HEOP, EOP, SEEK, College Discovery student interested in transferring to Clarkson University HEOP, please contact and apply through the Office of Transfer/International Admissions at to be considered.