Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Summer Academic Institute
This mandatory component of EOF is only for first-time freshmen. Our goal for the summer program is to prepare the first-time freshmen student for the realities and personal requirements of the college experience. Students attend college preparation courses in mathematics, reading and writing. Some students, based on their individual placement exam scores, are enrolled in AACS150-Racism & Sexism All students take WPU101, a course that teaches college survival skills and assist students with personal development and academic success.
Individual and Group Counseling
Each student is assigned to an EOF counselor who provides academic, personal, financial, and social counseling. Students receive individual and group counseling. The counseling staff also prepares and presents various workshops to facilitate students' transition to college.
EOF Grant Assistance
Eligible EOF students receive financial assistance through a New Jersey State grant each semester, provided they continue to meet criteria for successful academic progress. In order for students to receive the grant they must be income eligible and registered full-time students (minimum of 12 credits).
The EOF program provides referrals for tutorial assistance in Basic Skills coursework, General Education subjects, as well as in major courses. The EOF program also works with the Academic Support Center, the Science Enrichment Center, and peer tutors.
Book Deferment and Book Loan Programs
EOF offers its students assistance in acquiring books. Students are either eligible to participate in a book deferment program or the EOF library’s book loan program. The book deferment program allows students with a credit in their University account to utilize that credit at the University Bookstore for the purchase of books. Students with an account balance are eligible to utilize the book loan program and borrow the books from the EOF library for the semester.
Students interested in pursuing a career in nursing may participate in the six-week EOF Summer Pre-Nursing Program. These students are registered for a one-credit preparatory course in "Anatomy and Physiology," one of the most rigorous subjects in the nursing curriculum. Students who complete the course successfully may be recommended for admission as a full-time nursing participate.
Academic Retreats and Workshops
The EOF program sponsors various retreats for first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each retreat focuses on class specific needs and responsibilities. A few topics include acclimation, academic success and study skills, personal development, career planning, and graduate school admissions.
E.O.F Peer Network
The EOF Peer Network is designed to support the EOF freshmen students in successfully negotiating the university environment. The initiative pairs EOF freshmen and upper-classmen for guidance, information, direction, support and friendship during their first year experience. The emphasis on information sharing augments the use of on- and-off campus resources and increases participation in campus life (tutoring, workshops, advisement, internships and extracurricular activities).