The Educational Opportunity Program at Sonoma helps students create a community that actively values and encourages multiculturalism.  EOP provides a wide variety of services to support student success with graduation as a goal for all EOP students.

We assist with concerns regarding housing, financial aid, and balancing college with personal life. EOP advisors help students understand academic policies, timelines, majors/minors, career exploration, and graduate school opportunities. We provide individual mentoring, academic advising and course recommendations tailored to each student's goals. EOP advisors help increase retention for low-income and first generation students by introducing students to campus services, leadership opportunities and social activities to help EOP students feel at home at Sonoma.

Summer Bridge is an expanded orientation to college life at Sonoma required for EOP First Time Freshmen. Bridge is a one-week residential program that takes place the summer after high school graduation.  Incoming EOP freshmen live free of charge for a week in the Residence Halls, meet their advisors and future classmates, register for Fall classes, and learn about financial aid and their individual financial picture. Summer Bridge helps to smooth the transition from high school to college and students begin to form a learning community. Bridge students become part of the EOP Freshman Year Academy in the Fall which forms the core of the EOP freshman learning community.

Whatever your major or intended career, EOP Kalmanovitz Academy is a great way to begin your required college coursework, build friendships and gain confidence in yourself as a college student. The Kalmanovitz Academy forms a supportive learning community designed for EOP Freshmen who enroll together in 2-3 core courses that are required for graduation.  The Kalmanovitz Academy also includes a course similar to an AVID or Upward Bound transition class that is co-taught by an experienced faculty member and a student leader who is your Peer Mentor. The Kalmanovitz Academy builds a foundation of skills and knowledge that will help EOP students succeed in an increasingly complex, technologically sophisticated and multicultural world.  It encourages freshmen to ask the question, "How can I make a difference in the world?" 

Students must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act application to be considered for EOP and are encouraged to submit these critical documents early in January, with income estimates to be corrected later if necessary, to get the best possible package from Financial Aid. Filing financial paperwork later than early January can also mean you miss out on consideration for EOP.  Students who are admitted to EOP will be considered for the EOP Grant and a variety of other grants based on the results of their FAFSA or California Dream Act income figures. Link to FAFSA website: https://fafsa.ed.gov

Our EOP staff recognizes the importance of students feeling like a member of the EOP community as well as the overall SSU community. To assist students in developing a community, all EOP students have access to our EOP lounge and can participate in the EOP Club.  The lounge is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.  Students can utilize the lounge to relax, to study, and to use our computers/ printers for free. Throughout the year, there are multiple opportunities for students to engage in additional community building opportunities. Our yearly traditions include, but are not limited to, the EOP Chill-n-Grill, Welcome Back Receptions, and EOP End-of-the-Year Celebration. Residential Life provides Get-A-Way Trips every weekend to local and non-local events, destinations, and shows. The trips give students a chance to get out of their rooms, see the local area, have new experiences, and meet new friends. The trips range from free, to lower cost ($5.00 to $10.00), to larger events that may cost more in the $20.00 to $35.00 range. EOP students receive 50% off all trips.   

Through the generous contributions from various donors, WISP offers scholarships to help support and cover the cost of college so our students are able to focus on their educational journey at SSU. WISP Scholars are awarded $2,500 for up to four years. For more information about WISP, contact the School of Business and Economics.