The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at the State University of New York at Stony
Brook was started in 1968 and given the local name of AIM, which is an acronym for
Advancement on Individual Merit. Therefore, the Educational Opportunity Program at
Stony Brook is referred to as the EOP/AIM Program. Full funding for Educational Opportunity
Programs on SUNY campuses was approved by the New York State Legislature in 1970.
The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program is to fulfill New York State’s
commitment to provide access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students
who possessed the potential to succeed in college, but whose academic preparation
in high school has not fully prepared them to pursue college education successfully.
The primary mission of the EOP is to facilitate the recruitment, enrollment, retention,
and graduation of these students. This is accomplished by providing EOP/AIM students
with an array of educationally related support services.
Students accepted to the University through EOP/AIM participate fully in all campus
academic and social activities and are held to the same standards and regulations
as all other university students.
CBIT LABORATORY: Computer Based Instruction and Tutorial (CBIT) Laboratory Students have access to
the EOP/AIM CBIT lab, housed in the program office, which is equipped with state-of-the-art
workstations, a variety of educational software, and Internet access. Students may
write term papers using our word processing software, engage in long distance learning
experiences, and access faculty via electronic mail.
CBIT LAB HOURS: MON - FRI, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
EOP/AIM offers the following support services to students in the program:
PRE-FRESHMAN SUMMER ACADEMY
Students admitted to the EOP/AIM Academy are required to attend a pre-freshman summer
academic skills enhancement program that sharpens students’ academic skills and intellectual
development and prepares them for the rigors of full-time college enrollment. The
Summer Academy also familiarizes students with the University campus and helps them
make the transition from high school to college. The Summer Academy models an academic
semester and offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for successful college
Tutoring is offered for many of the courses students take regularly. Students may
request tutoring in any subject and tutoring groups are formed based on the needs
expressed by students.
PERSONAL COUNSELING & ACADEMIC ADVISING
Each student in EOP/AIM is assigned his/her own counselor. Students are expected to
meet with their counselors at least three times a semester for individual counseling/advising,
and once a semester they must attend an all-program general meeting. EOP/AIM Counselors
are available to students on a walk-in basis or by appointment, and offer students
personal, financial aid, academic, and career counseling.
WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
Workshops are offered by the program during the summer and the academic year on a
variety of topics including: time management, test-taking and study skills, resume
writing and interview techniques, computer searching of job databases, and post-graduate
career opportunities. Additional information on career services
can be found at the Career Center.
COMPUTER BASED INSTRUCTION AND TUTORIAL (CBIT) LABORATORY
Students have access to the EOP/AIM CBIT lab, housed in the program office, which
is equipped with state-of-the-art workstations, a variety of educational software,
and Internet access. Students may write term papers using our word processing software,
engage in long distance learning experiences, and access faculty via electronic mail.
The CBIT Lab's hours of operation can be found here.
The holistic, multi-dimensional approach used by EOP/AIM has contributed to the success
of its students.
The graduation rates for the program are impressive, within 10% on the non-EOP graduation
rates at the institution. Many graduates of SUNY at Stony Brook’s EOP/AIM program
contribute significantly to the quality of life for New York citizens, serving as
State Supreme Court justices, health professionals, business administrators, and teachers,
among other professions.
Undergraduate EOP/AIM students serve in all areas of campus life including student
government, academic departments, and residence halls. Students in the EOP/AIM program
are accepted in honor societies including: Chi Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Iota Mu, the Golden
Key National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, and gain entrance into business and professional
graduate schools across the country. They have received recognition, distinguished
awards, and fellowships for academic excellence, community service and athletics.
EOP/AIMW3520 Melville LibraryStony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NY 11794-3375