The Educational Opportunity Program is committed to serving the student body at UC Davis by helping first-generation, low-income students strengthen their academic skills to meet the demands of a research university. We strive to maintain a climate of academic excellence and maximize retention by providing peer counseling and other forms of academic, personal and social support. We affirm our commitment to raising student awareness of current academic, political, and social issues. Through our programs, we recognize the need to appreciate, cherish and celebrate the richness of our diversity.
The social upheaval and new consciousness of the 1960’s brought significant changes to college campuses throughout the United States. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) was born as a response to the lack of support and advocacy for underrepresented students at UC Davis. EOP developed from a merger of the Urban Crisis Committee (a committee dedicated to the recruitment of students of color) and the Educational Aid Program (a scholarship program to facilitate the matriculation of Chicano, African American, Filipino, Native American, and low-income whites on campus). Since then, EOP remains a staple of the UC Davis campus community and continues to aid first-generation, low-income students by providing academic guidance, student advocacy, personal and social support, and financial assistance. In addition, EOP offers space for students to exchange and enrich their knowledge of the current social, political and educational issues that affect their university experience.