The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is one of the most established and successful programs of its kind in New York.

Since 1969, the program has been integral to Mount Saint Mary College’s commitment to access in higher education and its philosophy toward educating the “whole” student in preparation for a life of leadership and service.

HEOP at the Mount is a comprehensive academic support program that provides its students with:

  • Academic support
  • Personal support and counseling
  • Mentoring and opportunities for leadership development
  • Financial counseling
  • A shared sense of community
  • The resources to make the most of their college experience

As an accepted MSMC HEOP student, you will be required to complete the 5-week Summer Academic Institute during the summer prior to your freshman year.


The principal mission of HEOP at Mount Saint Mary College is to provide educational opportunity and support to traditionally underserved students. These students, who have strong academic and personal potential, would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of academic and economic disadvantage. The mission of the program reflects and enriches the mission of the college, and is jointly sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the college.

HEOP emphasizes academic achievement, leadership development, and service. 

The HEOP office is located in Aquinas 304. For more information on HEOP, please email HEOP@msmc.edu or call the HEOP office at 845-569-3178.  

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Aquinas Hall: Room 304