Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

HEOP at Manhattan College works with students who exhibit the potential for academic success, but come from academically underprepared backgrounds and have a demonstrated financial need (as set by New York state). With the extra academic services and the supplementary financial assistance, students have the opportunity to reach their full potential within their chosen degrees.

For more information about HEOP in New York state, visit this page

Please note: Manhattan College will not be recruiting any new HEOP students for the 2024/25 academic year. Any admissions queries can be directed to admit@manhattan.edu.
Any HEOP students seeking readmission to Manhattan College will still be considered. 
  • Services Provided
    • The Pre-Freshman Summer Program is required for all first-time HEOP students.  It is a six-week intensive experience, from July through mid-August, that prepares incoming students for the rigors of college level work. 
    • Dedicated tutorial services and winter break review sessions are available to assist in many first and second-year courses. 
    • Peer Academic Coaching (PAC) is provided for newly arriving HEOP students. This service is a weekly, private discussion, with students trained in assisting in the implementation of the necessary college skills that lead to success. 
    • Monthly workshops are offered throughout the academic year in various topics to strengthen transition skills and provide academic development or career guidance.
    • Our OP Mentoring Program is designed to match successful upperclassmen with first and second-year students to provide personal insight and strategies in defining and attaining goals.
  • Advisement

    Advisement is an integral component, throughout each term of enrollment, for all HEOP students.  Advisement is provided by the Opportunity Programs team with a holistic approach to student development. Areas that are addressed include:

    • Academic: Students are encouraged to brainstorm and discuss intended majors/minors, courses, and scheduling with their assigned OP advisor.  Options regarding reduced course load, grade replacement opportunities, and other academic suggestions are utilized with an understanding of the student’s individual needs. 
    • Financial: Extensive and on-going support is provided to help students navigate the complexities of applying for all appropriate aid and scholarships, understanding billing, and completing required federal and state forms.
    • Personal: Understanding that each student adjusts to college life in varied ways, the advising relationship is vital in developing self-confidence, recognizing strengths, and shaping a positive attitude towards learning.
    • Career: OP advisors, in partnership with the Center for Career Development, will assist students with guidance during the job search or graduate school application process.