What is HEOP?

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), created in 1969 by the New York State Legislature, is a partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges and universities which provides economically disadvantaged and educationally underprepared New York State residents the possibility of a college education. The primary objective of HEOP is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the New York State Education Department and Daemen College.

HEOP began serving students at Daemen College in January of 1970 and continues to provide unique and comprehensive academic services along with full need financial support that will enable you to compete equally with your peers and earn an undergraduate degree. If you have the ability, motivation, and potential to succeed, this program will be of great benefit to you.

If you wish to be considered for admission to Daemen College through HEOP, please indicate so on the college application and provide all required materials outlined on the Document Checklist.

What Program Services Do We Provide?

Pre-Freshmen Summer Program

All HEOP students are required to participate in an intensive five week summer program which provides orientation to life at Daemen and opportunities for personal growth. Students will receive a rigorous educational experience designed to prepare them for the expectations of college life. While the academic focus is on improving basic skill functions in math, study skills, reading and writing, you will explore themes of self-improvement through a variety of workshops throughout the summer. While residing in the residence halls, students will experience and work through various personal and social demands encountered while in college. Lastly, social outings will provide balance and relief from this intense, academically focused program, offering the students a complete college experience.


The HEOP staff understands that students enter college with their own circumstances and experiences, while facing unique challenges. HEOP provides you with both individual and group counseling opportunities covering financial, academic, and personal concerns. The HEOP staff wants to make certain that you develop self-confidence, independence, and successful approaches to learning in college. The students, alongside their HEOP counselor, will being to design an Individual Graduation Plan that will be used to inform future academic, career, and life decisions. This personalized attention builds a trusting relationship necessary in order to face challenges together.

Academic Support

The Learning Center employs professional and peer coaches who will assist you in mastering required coursework. As an HEOP student, you will be assigned to a professional writing coach to meet with through your first year.

Financial Aid

Realizing that financing a college education may be a major obstacle for students, HEOP staff, in cooperation with Daemen's Financial Aid office, make every effort to provide for the financial needs of HEOP students. Students receive funding through a combination of Federal and State aid and Daemen College institutional grants, and varies dependent on each students' circumstances. Your financial need is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How Can We Be Reached?

Location: Duns Scotus Hall, Room 118
Email: heop@daemen.edu 
Phone: 716-839-8249 
Fax: 716-566-7839

Tiffany L. Hamilton, Director
Email: thamilto@daemen.edu

Eann Robinson, Assistant Director
Email: erobinso@daemen.edu


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