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Frequently Asked Questions Related to EOP

What are the eligibility requirements for the Educational Opportunity Program?

EOP applicants must be California residents and meet the income guidelines listed on our webpage or the EOP application booklet and be a first generation college student (parents do not have a college degree).
In addition, EOP applicants must demonstrate academic potential and motivation to succeed in college. Applicants demonstrate their motivation through the autobiographical questions and academic record. In addition, CSU, Sacramento EOP requires all freshmen applicants to participate in the Summer Bridge Academy. Information will be sent to you after we receive your EOP application. This is a six( 6) week summer program held during the first week of July through the first week of August .
Visit our website www.csus.edu/eop for more information

How do I apply to EOP??

First you must apply for admission to Sacramento State before applying to EOP!

Complete the EOP section in the admissions application (Section 11) and submit your online Sacramento State Admissions Application at www.csumentor.edu/

Once you submit your Admissions application CSU Mentor will automatically determine your eligibiltyand sned you an immediate response to ask if you wish to begin the EOP, if you indicate that you are ready to begin, you will automatically receive access to an EOP Application. All information is completed on-line.

Note: Recommendation letters will be required at a later date.

When is the EOP Admissions deadline?

October 1st – November 30th PRIORITY deadline.

Does EOP accept AB-540 students?

Yes. EOP accepts California residents and AB540 students who meet the Income Eligibility Index, and who are First-Generation College Students.

Can I send photocopies of my EOP application?


How do I send out letter of recommendations to referrers?

Preferably via;
E-MAIL on CSU Mentor.
FAX: (916) 278-5491


California State University, Sacramento
EOP 6000 J Street LSN 2205
Sacramento, CA 95819-6068

When will I receive my EOP admit E-mail

March 1st – April 1st


A “SEALED” envelope with ALL completed grades.

Can I be admitted to the University and not to EOP?

Yes. EOP admits a small number of applicants, the University admits a large number of freshmen.

Can I be admitted to EOP and not to the University?

No. If EOP admits you to the program, your admissions application will be reviewed by the Admissions Office as well.

Is EOP Summer Bridge Academy Mandatory for admitted incoming Freshmen?

Yes, all EOP entering freshmen will be required to participate in Summer Bridge Academy.

Can I be admitted to EOP in the spring semester?

No. We only accept incoming applicants for fall semester.

Do I need to reapply to EOP every year?

NO. Once you’re an EOP student, you’re always an EOP student.

Can I still receive EOP support services if I can no longer get financial aid or EOP grant aid?

Yes. All services will be available to you throughout your enrollment at Sacramento State.

Can I be removed from the EOP program?

Yes. You must maintain full-time enrollment in order to remain in EOP. Please note: If you are a special admit, Your admission to the university will also be rescinded.

Do I need to maintain full-time status to get the EOP grant?

Yes. Full-time status is equivalent to 12 units.

How do I qualify for an EOP grant?

Your qualification is determine by your family income data submitted to financial aid.

Are the placement exams, ELM/EPT, mandatory?

Yes. You must take the February or March assessments for EOP. You will not be reviewed for EOP if you take these at a later date. Some students may be EXEMPT from these assessments, to read more about ELM/EPT Exemptions go to: http://www.ets.org/csu/about

Where do I register for the placement exams?

Students can register at: http://www.ets.org/csu/about

Is orientation mandatory?

YES! For more information, go to http://www.csus.edu/orientation/

If I am EOP, where do I go for academic advising and support services on campus?

The EOP office is located in Lassen Hall 2205. We have an open door policy. You can try to meet with a counselor on a walk-in basis or schedule an appointment by calling (916) 278-6183.

Is there a separate application for the Summer Bridge Academy Program?

No, you will be given access to the Summer Bridge Academy registration if admitted to EOP in March 2014. Please visit the Summer Bridge webpage at www.csus.edu/eop/sb, all incoming freshmen must participate in the program.