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What is EOP?

The primary goals of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are to improve the access, retention and graduation of students who have been historically, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged. The core of our program services are built upon a student-centered model which encourages college success, community building, and empowerment.

The History of EOP at Cal Poly

EOP 2019-2020 Income Criteria (PDF)

Click here to read a feature with EOP counselors!


How will EOP benefit me?


Counseling staff will treat you as an individual, taking into account your physical, economic, social, and cultural environment. Counselors will work to involve you in academic and extracurricular activities that will integrate you into the campus community, and which will promote your well-being and achievement.


In collaboration with the Academic Skills Center (ASC), EOP staff encourages students to participate in academic enrichment services. The ASC sponsors supplemental workshops in math and science and study sessions.

Transitional Programs

Summer Institue (SI) is a mandatory orientation program for first year newly admitted EOP freshmen. Through SI, students will participate in a three- week residential program to support a successful transition from high school to college.

Financial Aid

Eligible students may qualify for an EOP grant of up to $1,050 per year. To be considered for a grant, you must apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for an EOP grant, AB540 students should complete the CA DREAM Act application (not the FAFSA). 

EOP Study Space

Kelsey Molina is our EOP Library Liaison and Outreach Student Assistant. As an EOP student, you have access to an EOP study space in Rm. 511 in the Kennedy Library. The space will be available every weekend from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hours will change during week 10 of the quarter. View EOP Lib Guide for links to resources and updates to the calendar.

As of Fall 2021 please note: This space is currently unavailable and to supplement study room hours, EOP will be holding a study space in Building 52, Room E29 on the following days: 

  • Monday & Friday - 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday - 11am-1pm
  • Wednesday - 1-3pm

Lending Library

The Lending Library program is designed to assist all EOP students in obtaining required textbooks that they would not be able to purchase on their own. These books have been donated by EOP students and can only be checked out to EOP students. Please view the EOP Lending Library page for more information.

Living Learning Community (LLC)

Welcome to EOP’s Living Learning Community (LLC)! All EOP first-year students are required to live in our Living Learning Community through University Housing on campus. The LLC was created to enhance students’ residential and educational experience by participating in various academic and social activities. Please review the EOP LLC page for more information.

If you have any questions about EOP's services, please contact us at


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