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In 1968, an eager group of individuals worked diligently to pilot the Educational Opportunity Program. Following the successful evaluation, the California Legislature passed the enabling legislation (SB1072), also known as the Harmer Bill, that gave rise to the EOP Program at "Sac State" and in all of the CSU in 1969.

At Sac State, an eager group established limited services in 1968, making our program one of the first operational programs in the state.

EOP is the University's first and most comprehensive postsecondary access and equity program.

The program was started in response to public pressure that shed light on the fact that a large population of California citizens was vastly underrepresented in the California State University system.

EOP is designed to improve access and retention of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.

Since 1969, the EOP enrollments have grown from 36 students to approximately 1500 students.

EOP Graduated Students

Program Description

The program serves California residents from low-income households who demonstrate the motivation and potential to earn a baccalaureate degree.

EOP students are individuals who have the potential to succeed at Sacramento State, but have not been able to realize their goal for a higher education because of her/his economic and/or educational background.

Program Goals

The primary aim of the program is to help students achieve their college goals by providing services needed to be successful in college. The following services are offered through EOP:

  • Admissions assistance
  • A special orientation to the university
  • Academic advising, personal counseling, and tutoring
  • Financial aid advising and information
  • An EOP grant award for eligible EOP students
  • Course placement and planning
  • Learning and study strategies
  • Participation in a required EOP Learning Community
  • Referrals to other university special programs and services Enrollment in a second-semester transition program to aid with adjustment to university life
EOP Students


Sacramento State Educational Opportunity Program
Lassen Hall 2205
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6068
Tel: (916) 278-6183
Fax: (916) 278-5491
Website: www.csus.edu/eop


Customer Service Hours Computer Lab Hours Counseling Appointment

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 4:45

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Monday Through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Holidays Campus Closed

January 16, 2017 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday) Campus Closed
March 31, 2017 – Cesar Chavez Birthday Observed
May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day
July 4, 2017– Independence Day
September 4, 2017 - Labor Day
November 6, 2017 – Veterans Day (Nov. 10) Holiday Observed
November 23-24, 2017 - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 25, 2017- January 1, 2018 - Holidays


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EOP does not schedule same day appointments for counselors. However, counselors are available every day and hold walk-in hours during the week. Please call the office to check counselors’ walk-in schedules. * Walk-in appointments are not available for reinstatements.

Counseling interns are available for walk-ins. Please call the office to check for availability.