Opportunity Programs | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Opportunity Programs

These special programs enable access and provide academic and financial support to disadvantaged students from New York State.

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NYU Tandon School of Engineering offers two special college programs for residents of New York State.

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a New York State funded program designed to provide broad and varied educational instruction to capable students who, due to limited academic and financial resources, might otherwise not have the opportunity to attend the School of Engineering.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP) is a New York State funded program that provides minority or disadvantaged students access to academic programs that prepare them for licensure or employment in scientific, technical or health-related professions.

Once admitted, HEOP/CSTEP students are provided with these and other support services throughout their college careers:

  • financial assistance (CSTEP- Scholarship aid is limited)
  • counseling
  • tutoring
  • advisement
  • academic support courses

If you have any questions about HEOP, please contact:

Opportunity Programs (OP)
Location: LC 237

Services and Financial Aid

Academic Support

The Opportunity Programs provide freshmen and continuing students with academic support services to help students reach their full academic potential and succeed at the School of Engineering. These services include:

  • A mandatory pre-freshmen summer program which includes courses in Writing, Math, Physics and Computer Science
  • Mandatory supplemental non-credit courses for incoming freshmen
  • Supplemental non-credit courses in various subject areas
  • Individual and group tutoring sessions
  • Monthly group meetings and seminars


The Opportunity Programs offer students one-on-one academic, financial, personal and career counseling. Counseling sessions are scheduled to assist students in making the transition to college, as well as maintaining and managing their academic career throughout their stay at the School of Engineering.

Financial Aid

HEOP students receive a financial aid package, which includes federal and NYS aid and well the NYU HEOP scholarship. CSTEP students financial aid packages are based on their family income and household size. CSTEP students receive a limited amount of stipend money and access to textbooks.

Admissions Requirements

New Students

You must be a resident of New York State and demonstrate both academic and economic need to qualify for the HEOP program. To be  considered for the program, you will either need to be referred by an admissions counselor, or contact the HEOP program and express an interest. Economic eligibility is determined by income guidelines issued by the New York State Education Department.

Since SAT scores may not thoroughly reflect a student's potential for success at the School of Engineering, an intake interview with each applicant is an essential part of the HEOP admissions process. During the interview a HEOP staff member will discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses, and give a basic overview of what to expect at the School of Engineering.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student who wishes to transfer into the School of Engineering's HEOP program, you must have been in an opportunity program (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, etc.) at your previous institution. You must also complete an admissions transfer application. You will be considered based on your academics and your individual circumstances. The HEOP director will review your college transcript(s) and recommendations from counselors or professors, and will send his/her decision to the Office of Admissions.

Required Courses

CM 000 Pre-College Physics
HE 1 Study Skills
MA 000 Pre-College Math
CS 000 Pre-College Computer Science

Contact us

Phone: 646-997-3370
Fax: 646-997-4135

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Five MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Shawneece Bailey
Associate Director, Opportunity Programs 

Tara Lao
Academic Advisor