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Minority Student Affairs

The Office of Minority Student Affairs focuses on enhancing the academic life of minority students. The office actively collaborates with University departments to promote student academic success and retention, and to ensure they successfully negotiate university life. The office’s emphasis on academic success is facilitated by providing such services as student counseling and referrals, promoting educational opportunities, offering workshops and symposia, and broadening the awareness of issues of relevance to minority students in the University community.

The Office of Minority Student Affairs manages two programs for the College:

Early Connection Opportunity (ECO) Program

ECO is a pre-freshman summer residential orientation program designed to offer supplemental academic support in order to assist students in making a successful transition from high school to college. Participating students learn about the attitudes, skills, and social connections that characterize successful University of Rochester students. ECO prepares students for classes, informs them about resources and services available to them, and introduces them to social life on campus.

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

HEOP serves students of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. It is a program that provides an opportunity for eligible applicants to attend a private four-year institution of high academic standing. The program is designed to assist those students who, because of their economic and educational background, might not consider attending our University. HEOP staff coordinate a variety of academic support, counseling, and financial aid services to enable participating students to successfully complete a degree in 8 to 10 semesters. To be eligible for HEOP, students must be residents of New York State and meet specific academic and economic criteria.

The Office of Minority Student Affairs is located in 2-161 Dewey Hall. For more information, feel free to contact the Office of Minority Affairs at (585) 275-0651 or via email at

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