UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

EOP counselors assist students throughout their undergraduate careers in addressing academic, personal, career and financial concerns. While EOP staff serves all students, they also target low-income, first-generation college students. EOP works with the whole student, assisting students with all aspects of university life, including identity, student development, family, relationships, academic progress, academic rigor, future plans, immediate needs, etc. The student Mentors work in tandem with EOP Counselors to bring a broad array of services to students.

Assistance for entering Frosh begins with the Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP), a two-week residential experience that focuses on understanding and preparing for the university experience. EOP also participates in the Freshman Summer Start Program, advising students in the residence hall.

Assistance for second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students (including transfer, re-entry and non-traditional students) continues one-on-one or in groups through the creation of study and extracurricular plans, goal setting and the sponsoring of academic programs. The goal is to advise and prepare students at each respective class level for progress in their course of study and post-graduation plans of graduate/professional school admission or entry into the work force.

EOP counselors provide cultural programs through the Cultural Resources Centers (CRC). The CRCs facilitate interaction/collaboration among students of all cultural/ethnic backgrounds, allowing them to gain an understanding of and appreciation for similarities and differences in each other and themselves. Cultural programming helps create an environment that celebrates and promotes the history, contributions, intellectual heritage, education and growth of students.

EOP counselors are available to mentor students as well as offer referrals and information about support services and co-curricular activities available on campus and in the community. For further information about these services, please contact EOP at (805) 893-4758 or visit our office located on the second floor of the Student Resource Building. Web site: www.sa.ucsb.edu/EOP/. Facebook: UCSB Educational Opportunity Program.