Summer Orientation Program
Each summer incoming EOP freshman students are required to
participate in a mandatory five-week residential Summer Orientation
Program at the University at Albany college campus. This comprehensive
summer experience has been recognized as a model program in
NYS for its level of success in preparing incoming students
to excel in their college careers. This year’s Summer
Orientation Program begins Sunday, June 30, 2013 and ends Friday,
August 2, 2013.
The format of the five-week Summer Orientation Program includes:
- Weekday small classroom instruction to remediate, enrich and better prepare our students for academic success at the University at Albany
- Afternoon seminars on college survival/college success skills
- Personal growth and development seminars
- Financial Aid seminars
- Personal and academic advisement sessions
- A structured weeknight study period
- Weekend outings/structured social events
- Networking opportunities
- A peer mentorship component
The summer instructional staff includes expert university
lecturers who exclusively teach our EOP students during the
academic year. The academic subjects covered during the summer
orientation program involve pre-college work in writing/reading
In addition, each incoming EOP Summer Orientation Program
student will be assigned their own EOP Counselor who will
remain with them during their years at the University at Albany.
These same EOP Counselors provide study skills instruction
during the summer orientation program via a 3-credit University
level course entitled The Freshman Year Experience.
A cohort group of achieving undergraduate students is hired
to serve as EOP Summer Orientation Program Student Assistants
and during the five-weeks they live in the residence halls
with the incoming freshmen. They also assist in the instructional
process and tutor/mentor the students during their summer
orientation program experience. These Student Assistants are
supervised by a graduate level University at Albany student
who serves as the Summer Orientation Program’s Resident Director
(RD). It is the RD’s role to supervise the summer orientation
program residence as a whole and all of the EOP Summer Orientation
Program students/student staff while in the dormitory and
during evening/weekend activities.
The EOP Director oversees the entire five week summer orientation
program – to include all of its students and staff.
Benefits of participating in the EOP Summer Orientation
Program at the University at Albany:
- You will get a head start on achieving academically at the University at Albany and in successfully transitioning from a high school senior to a college freshman
- You will meet a group of fellow incoming EOP students who will become your friends, support group and your family away from home
- You will receive instruction from recognized EOP faculty
skilled in developmental education; some of whom will continue
on as your Fall 2013 course instructors
- You will be assigned your very own EOP Counselor who will be there to guide, advise, mentor and to advocate for you throughout your college career at the University at Albany
- You will become familiar with your University at Albany campus, its administration, non-EOP faculty and professional staff
- You will become familiar with the Albany, NY community
via summer orientation program trips and activities
- You will be mentored by a professional student staff who have all learned how to succeed at this University
- You will be able to take care of any financial aid, housing, health, and any other University related matters during a period where the overall University at Albany student traffic will be at a reduced level
- You will register for your Fall 2013 courses
- You will learn success strategies that will remain with you for the rest of your life
All EOP Admitted Students MUST
attend the Summer Orientation Program
Important Summer Dates
The summer orientation program begins on Sunday, June 30 at
1:00 p.m. on Dutch Quad. If you wish, you can move in earlier
starting at 9:00 a.m. on this date. The last day of the program
is Friday, August 2. There will be an EOP parent orientation
session on June 30 at 2:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 1.
Your Summer Home
You will be living in on-campus dormitory units on Dutch Quad.
Please report to that area once you arrive on campus.
For those students living in the New York City area, free
buses will be sent to a designated place in New York City
to bring you up to the campus. Sign up for buses will occur
at the pre-testing
sites. Sign up will take place on a first-come, first-served
basis. Additionally, buses will be available to take you back
to New York City on August 3. If you have another form of
transportation to bring you to campus, please feel free to
For family and friends to write you here at the University this summer, they can address the letter as follows:
Your Name, University at Albany
EOP Summer Program, LI94
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Use this address for SUMMER ONLY.
Pre- Registration for Fall 2013 Classes
Once you arrive in the summer, your EOP counselor will pre-register
you for Fall 2013 classes.
During the summer, you will need to bring monies with you to assist you with paying for incidental expenses.
We will supply you with the books and supplies needed for summer instruction and group counseling sessions.
Important Telephone Numbers to Know
Should you have any additional questions or immediate concerns about the EOP program and/or the University, feel free to contact any one of the following offices:
|Financial Aid Office
|| (518) 442-3202
Fall Housing/Meal Plan
You will register online for fall housing. You will also register for your meal plan at this time. If needed, our counselors will be available to assist you with the housing sign-up process.
Included on this website is your "Required
Immunization and Health Information Form". Read the instructions
and return this form to the University Health
Center prior to coming here on June 30. Try to
complete these forms before the summer orientation program;
otherwise, you must complete them BEFORE you arrive for the
Please bring Health Insurance card/information (i.e. Insurance ID info/number or if covered by Medicaid, your Medicaid ID information) with you in the event that you may need medical attention. Please note that parents will be contacted if any medical attention is necessary.
It is your responsibility to notify your guidance counselor of your choice of college so he/she can forward your final transcript to us. All students must complete high school requirements by the end of June (no exceptions).
The University does not supply bedding; therefore, all students must bring their own pillow, blanket, (twin-size) sheets, toiletries, etc. Also, plan to bring (along with your casual clothing), hangers, and two semi-formal (dressy) outfits for our “Get Acquainted” and “Evening to Remember” parties. Also, bring a small study lamp with you. All other personal items can be purchased on campus or at one of the local shopping malls.
Students are allowed to bring their cell phones, however during
the summer orientation program usage is confined to the residence
halls only. Cell phones used outside the residence halls will
be confiscated and returned at the end of the summer orientation
Students are allowed to bring their laptops however, the program will take no responsibility if lost or stolen.
These need to be completed and forwarded to the Financial Aid Office. Please be certain to check income information. Their address is: Financial Aid Office, CC G26, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222.
August 26 Classes begin
August 26 Book Stipend Release Slip pick-up
in the EOP complex
Summer Earnings Replacement
If you examine your EOP Financial Aid Package, the Financial
Aid Office expects you to return in the fall with a designated
amount of money accrued from summer earnings. Because you
will be attending our EOP summer orientation program and unable
to work, the University will replace this summer earnings
obligation with other forms of aid.
Although you will be permitted to go home on the second and
third weekends, students are encouraged to stay on campus
during this five-week period. If you do leave, you must
be back on campus before 8:00 p.m. for our regular
Sunday Unity Hour Program. No students will
be permitted to go home the weekends of July 5-7 and July
The University is aware of the unique concerns of disabled persons. Please notify the EOP Office immediately so that we can make special arrangements for you.
Group Counseling Sessions
Group counseling sessions will take place three afternoons a week. These sessions, facilitated by our six EOP counselors, will give you an opportunity to develop an additional expertise in these following areas: financial aid, financial management, coping skills, decision-making, leadership development, career advising and counseling, academic advising, etc.
During the evening hours (7:00-9:00 p.m.), there will be a planned structured study/ tutorial program in which you will be expected to do your class assignments. There will be 10 Student Assistants on duty to assist you. Instructors will also be available on designated evenings.
Social and Cultural Activities
To aid you in adjusting to the City of Albany, there will be an available calendar of public events.
If you need further information regarding EOP and/or
its 5-week Summer Orientation Program, please feel free to
EOP Director – LI 94
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222