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Advising Handbook

Early Connection Opportunity

Early Connection Opportunity (ECO) is a highly successful program for students who, it is believed, will benefit from an early and extended orientation to the College and the University, particularly the academic challenges it will present to them and the skills that will serve them well in answering those challenges. ECO size is limited, and priority is given to New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students for whom the program is mandated, and to other members of the freshman class who we believe would profit from the connections made during the program. Further program details can be found on the web at or in Dewey 2-161. ECO is a four-week residential program during July/August where students take courses in academic strategies and tactics, writing, mathematics, introduction to computer applications, and at least one lecture style course. They also learn about the various support services provided for students. Students who successfully complete the ECO program earn four elective credits.