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Information for Accepted EOP Students

What you need to know to make your time fun and productive.

Pre-Freshman Summer Institute

If you have been admitted to SUNY Plattsburgh and you've submitted your deposit, it's time to start preparing for the EOP Summer Institute! Each year, first-time freshmen join us for a mandatory 4-week intensive pre-college preparatory program. Students live in our residence halls, enjoy a meal plan, take classes and participate in special programs. When the program is over, students can start college from a point of strength. Student confidence, knowledge and college survival skills are vastly improved. Great news — the program is FREE for participants.

The EOP Summer Institute traditionally begins in early July and ends in early August. This is a required program and must be completed before students can fully matriculate (enroll in and take classes) in the fall. Students must obtain a minimum summer grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above AND refrain from violating the Summer Institute policies as well as the Student Code of Conduct. Students may not arrive to Summer Institute late or depart mid-program. Students who do not complete the Summer Institute will have their acceptance to SUNY Plattsburgh withdrawn.

Our goal is to see 100% of our Summer Institute participants succeed and join us in the fall. To support that goal we hire student tutor-counselors to provide tutoring and residential support. We also hire post-graduate program coordinator(s) to provide oversight in the residence halls, during tutoring and on nights/weekends. Finally, we employ some of SUNY Plattsburgh's best campus faculty to instruct summer courses. Participants will also meet their assigned EOP counselor. This is a web of support that can help any motivated student to succeed!

Class Attendance

During Summer Institute, participants will build skills and confidence by completing coursework in:

  • Mathematics
  • College writing & advanced grammar
  • Special topics
  • Diversity, social justice and leadership

Tutorial Services

Individual and group tutoring is available in all subjects. Tutoring hours are completed after required classes and in the late afternoon/evening in our designated classrooms and computer labs. All program participants are required to engage in tutoring as it is an essential component of academic success. Summer tutoring will familiarize participants with similar services offered during the academic year in the EOP office and the Claude J. Clark Learning Center.

Academic Advisement Services

All Summer Institute participants will be assigned to an EOP counselor who will continue to serve as a resource during the academic year. EOP counselors assist students with a variety of issues and concerns, and will meet with all Institute participants at least once during the summer.

Recreational and Social Experiences

Opportunities to participate in a variety of social and recreational activities are provided throughout the summer. These activities are designed to:

  • Foster personal growth
  • Provide an opportunity for fun and enjoyment
  • Expose participants to the community and region where they will live as college students

What Is a Typical Weekday Like in Summer Institute?

Sample Schedule
Time Event
7:15 a.m.


8–9:15 a.m.


9:3010:45 a.m. English/Math
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:302:45 p.m. Special Topics Courses or Intensive Grammar
34:45 p.m. Open Activity Hours OR Diversity, Social Justice and Leadership Training
5 p.m. Dinner
69 p.m. Computer/Printing Access & Evening Tutoring (required)
11 p.m. In-Building Curfew (Yes! You read that correctly!)

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Do I have to participate in Summer Institute?
    Answer: Yes, all new EOP freshmen are REQUIRED to complete the Summer Institute and pass all summer coursework before beginning classes in the fall. Students who do not complete the Summer Institute will be withdrawn from the college and removed from fall courses.
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