Academic Opportunity Programs

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

Open to students from various backgrounds, CSTEP provides customized strategies for success in all aspects of your life-with a special emphasis on your career plans for pre-med/pre-law, engineering, education, accounting, and more. Alumni of the program have credited CSTEP with providing opportunities to study abroad, fostering personal and professional contacts, and helping them to complete their degree.

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

STEP provides academic support services and enrichment activities to students in grades 7 – 12. The key components of STEP are the Saturday Learning Academy which is comprised of advising, counseling, academic instruction, a computer science enrichment program, tutorials, mentoring and Enrichment Activities which comprises other academic services such as field trips, workshops and cultural awareness programs.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP). ULSAMP is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority (African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and American Indian) students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ULSAMP is supported by the National Science Foundation. ULSAMP is a partnership between five four-year institutions and two community colleges in Upstate New York (Syracuse University is lead institution): Clarkson University, Cornell University, Monroe Community College, SUNY Onondaga Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology. The mission of ULSAMP is to develop the next generation of innovators and grow a workforce highly qualified for a knowledge-based economy that is representative of our nation’s demographics. Since its inception in 2007, 1,928 STEM degrees have been awarded to URM students at ULSAMP institutions. 

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program at Syracuse University is a federally funded TRIO program that prepares high achieving undergraduate students for graduate/doctoral studies with hands-on research, academic services and financial support. The program is designed to provide motivation, encouragement, and support to students from all disciplines. We work closely with participants through their undergraduate requirements; encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. 

Office of Supportive Services

The Office of Supportive Services (OSS) is home to the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Student Support Services (SSS) project (a federally funded TRIO program). OSS has been improving the retention and graduation of eligible students at Syracuse University since the 1970s. OSS offers students assistance with academics, finances, career development and a variety of transition and personal issues. We have a diverse staff of caring and experienced counselors. OSS collaborates with all the schools and colleges at Syracuse as well as: the Office of Admissions; the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office; SummerStart; SSUI; The Tutoring and Study Skills Center; The Office of Multicultural Affairs and SU Abroad. We hope that this website provides you with the information you seek about OSS, HEOP and/or SSS. If not feel free to email the directors or call us at the number provided.

  • Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program - HEOP is a program for New York State residents that provides educational opportunity and academic support to students with strong academic potential and personal initiative who would other wise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of academic and economic disadvantage. Once admitted under the HEOP program students participate in the SummerStart Program and receive counseling tutoring and other support services throughout their college career. Syracuse University demonstrates it's commitment to this program by providing a full-need financial aid award to the participants. HEOP is supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department.
  • Student Support Services - SSS is a program authorized by the U.S. Department of Education as a TRIO program. The program identifies and provides academic support services for students who are admitted to the University but are educationally "at risk" due to economic circumstances, academic background, an/or their status as a first-generation college student. Students enrolled in SSS receive advising, counseling, tutoring, and other supportive services throughout their college career. Syracuse University also demonstrates its commitment to this program by providing participants with full need financial aid awards.