The principal mission of HEOP at Skidmore College is to provide educational opportunity and support to students who have strong academic and personal potential but who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of academic and economic disadvantage. The mission of the Higher Education Opportunity Program reflects and enriches the mission statement of Skidmore College.
The Academic Opportunity Program (AOP) recruits and admits students who are HEOP-like in their academic and economic profiles yet are not eligible for support from the program because they reside in states other than New York or have income levels slightly above the HEOP economic eligibility guidelines.
To see a two-page fact sheet on Skidmore's Opportunity Program, click here.
Skidmore HEOP/AOP students have a long and rich history of accomplishments and diverse interests. Recent graduates and current students have earned laurels such as Phi Beta Kappa, Fulbright Grants, Periclean Honors Forum membership, positions in Residential Life, leadership positions in Student Government, and various departmental prizes and external scholarship awards. Their talent and strong commitment to our community is felt across campus and in Saratoga Springs in an array of activities, including theater, dance, sports, cultural programming, committee service, collaborative research, and volunteerism. In short, our students add to the wealth and breadth of Skidmore's diversity.
There are well over 30,000 HEOP graduates from all statewide colleges and universities.
Skidmore Opportunity Program is funded jointly by the University, a gift from the Kettering Fund and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.