How to Apply

Complete either a Common Application AND Clarkson Common Application Supplement OR the Clarkson University Unconventional Application online and be sure to check the HEOP candidate box.

Applications are available through your high school counseling or college offices or at https://www.clarkson.edu/apply-now.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If you are a current HEOP; Educational Opportunity Program; Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge; or College Discovery student interested in transferring to Clarkson University HEOP, please contact and apply through the Office of Transfer & International Admissions at https://www.clarkson.edu/apply-now to be considered. 

Mandatory SPREE

  • SPREE consists of a 4-week summer program to assist students with the transition to postsecondary education on a residential campus at no cost: tuition, housing and meals are included.
  • Students may earn up to 8 college credits through courses such as Pre-Calculus, Fundamentals of Business, Perspectives in Science and Technology, and Physics.
  • Students also attend field trips, activities and community events and orient themselves to campus as part of acclimation to the Clarkson experience.


Financial Support

  • Using a variety of resources, Clarkson’s Office of Financial Aid prepares aid packages for students in good standing for up to 10 semesters of fall and spring full-time attendance (no summer aid is available).


Comprehensive Academic and Personal Advising Support

  • Our qualified staff is dedicated to providing caring and helpful academic and personal support for students. They are sensitive to the issues of underserved populations and the challenges HEOP students face throughout their college careers. Experienced and  informed, the HEOP staff is available to guide, advocate, and assist students with academic guidance, career counseling, personal and social support, as well as to provide referrals to other resources.


Individualized Tutoring Services

  • Students are highly encouraged to access and utilize Clarkson’s wide range of resources for academic support. In addition, HEOP students can request one-on-one tutoring for specific courses, and every effort will be made to hire qualified tutors to meet these requests.


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