The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Academic Opportunity Programs, comprised of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and HWS AOP, are designed to support students who present an alternate academic profile and who demonstrate high potential to compete successfully in an academically competitive environment.

The Academic Opportunity Programs staff provides academic counseling, academic and personal support to more than 75 Hobart and William Smith program students each year.

Admission & Application Information

All candidates that want to be considered for the HEOP/Scholar program must go through the general admission process. Learn More about the HEOP Program.

Brief Background

Academic Opportunity Programs, which includes HEOP and the HWS AOP program, is an access and academic support program that by nature is fluid in its operation by creating a web of support for first generation and traditionally underrepresented populations in higher education. The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is funded by the New York State Department of Education and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

HEOP is regarded as one of the most successful academic access and support programs of its type in the nation based upon student achievement and graduation rates according to the Teagel Foundation.

Support services offered to students include the following:

Academic, personal, financial and career counseling: The Academic Opportunity Program staff can assist its students by providing essential counseling and advising support in the areas of academic, financial aid and social support. The staff also works closely with students to help them take advantage of many other campus resources available such as Career Services, the Counseling Center, faculty advisers, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Tutorials: Tutoring and academic support is provided by both Academic Opportunity Program staff and through the Colleges' Center for Teaching and Learning.

Full-need financial aid package: Financial aid is provided through a combination of grants, loans and work. First-year students also receive assistance in purchasing their books and supplies.

When admitted:

Summer Institute: June 29 - August 3, 2019
When a student is accepted into Hobart and William Smith Colleges through the Academic Opportunity Programs office, that student will attend a five-week intensive academic summer program, required for all first time enrolling Academic Opportunity Program students. This intensive program includes courses in College Writing, Geoscience, Humanities, Film Analysis and Study Skills for College Success. In addition, individual counseling sessions are scheduled to assist students in making the transition to the college environment. The Summer Institute sets the foundation for making the successful transition into HWS through academic preparation in essential skills necessary for college success, and building identity and community as new college students. In addition to learning administrative processes, students receive in-depth orientations to learn about the many services available on campus.

Fall term meetings and beyond: Upon returning to campus for the fall term all first year students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Opportunity Program adviser once a week. The meetings are designed for academic and social support. Graded and academic work in progress will be reviewed and discussed to ensure that the student is effectively utilizing the skill sets learned over the summer. These meeting are also a perfect time to discuss any issue that may need to be addressed. Meetings are typically scheduled for a half hour. In the fall all first-year students are required to sign an academic contract outlining all of the program expectations for student participation in Academic Opportunity Programs.




Academic Opportunity
Programs Office
288 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3319
Fax: (315) 781-3888


Bonné DiLeo

Edith Wormley, BSW
Assistant Director

James A. Burruto, MS Ed.


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