A Legacy Of Opportunity And Achievement: The Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.) At Dowling College

Welcome to Dowling’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.)

For more than 30 years, Dowling’s H.E.O.P. has enabled students to hurdle the academic and financial barriers facing them. Through this program, Dowling College has graduated hundreds of students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to procure a college degree.

Through its five-week intensive Summer Preparatory Program, the H.E.O.P. prepares inquisitive minds to face the rigors of collegiate life by offering developmental work in math, writing, reading comprehension, study skills and computer technology. Its myriad support services during the academic year alleviate many obstacles that can impede a student’s pursuit of a degree. Personal attention and commitment of dedicated staff encourage students to pursue careers as airline pilots, social workers, teachers, engineers, doctors, lawyers and business executives.

As with all of Dowling’s education opportunities, the Higher Education Opportunity Program echoes the college’s commitment “to bring out the very best in each of our students through an environment that accommodates and celebrates individual career aspirations.”

Dowling College’s HEOP is jointly supported by the New York State Education Department.

Who Is Eligible?
To be a recipient of this partnership there are three eligibility criteria that must be met.

  • Must be a resident of New York State
  • The applicant’s total household income must not exceed the guidelines established by the New York State Board of Regents
  • The applicant cannot be admissible to the college or university of choice through general enrollment.

HEOP students are required to attend a college preparatory program during the summer prior to their freshman year. The preparatory program consists of coursework in writing, mathematics and study skills.

Students who want to transfer into the Dowling H.E.O.P. must have been in a New York State Education Department-approved Opportunity Program at the college from which they are transferring.

Download Application Here.
You can also request materials be sent to you by calling us at: (631) 244-3262.

The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities.