The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is funded by New York State to provide broad and varied educational instruction to capable students who, due to limited academic and financial resources, might otherwise not have the opportunity to attend NYU-Poly. Once admitted to the HEOP program, students receive financial assistance, counseling, tutoring, advisement and other support services throughout their college career. HEOP’s goal is to retain and graduate students who are traditionally underrepresented in engineering and science.
Admission and Application Procedures
To qualify for the program, applicants must be residents of New York State and demonstrate both academic and economic need. Applicants are referred by an admissions counselor, or may indicate on their application their interest in HEOP. Economic eligibility is determined by income guidelines issued by the New York State Education Department.
Since SAT scores and high school grades may not thoroughly reflect a student’s potential for success at NYU-Poly, an interview with each applicant is an essential part of the HEOP admissions process. During the interview, the counselor will discuss the applicant’s academic strengths and weaknesses and give a basic overview of what to expect at NYU-Poly.
Students wishing to transfer into HEOP at NYU-Poly must have been in an opportunity program (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, etc.) at their previous institution. Each applicant must also complete a HEOP transfer application. Transfer applicants are considered based on their academics and individual circumstances. The HEOP Director reviews college transcript(s) and recommendations from counselors or professors, and a decision is sent to the Office of Admissions.
Academic Support Services
To help students reach their full academic potential and succeed at NYU-Poly, HEOP provides freshmen and continuing students with academic support services.
These services include the following:
- A mandatory pre-freshman summer program, which includes courses in Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics.
- A Study Skills course offered during the fall semester. Topics include time management, test-taking, note-taking and concentration techniques.
- Monthly group meetings and seminars.
- Individual and group tutoring sessions.
- Individual and group counseling.
HEOP offers students one-on-one academic, financial, personal and career counseling. Group and individual counseling sessions are scheduled to assist students make the transition to college, as well as to maintain and manage their academic career at NYU-Poly.
HEOP students receive a financial aid package, including funding from HEOP, Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), PELL, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), NYU-Poly grants, College Work Study Program, Stafford Loans and other educational loans. It is important that students complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) applications as early as possible.
For further information, please visit the HEOP website at www.poly.edu/ academics/support/heop, or call (718) 260-3370.