2015 – 2016 Year Applicants
The EOP Application period for the 2015-2016 academic year opens October 1, 2014. The EOP Application and 2 Letters of Recommendation have to be received by the Application Deadline of March 2, 2015 for the EOP Application process to be completed and applications to be reviewed. Any Application, Letters or pending documents requested that come in after the deadline will be considered late. To apply, go online at:

The following is an online 7 short video series on 'How to Apply to EOP'.

The YouTube Playlist can be also found here in this link that is underscored. The 7 individual videos cover 1) basic Application Introduction, 2) the 5 Categories, 3) Personal Information, 4) Financial Information, 5) Autobiographical Statements, 6) Letters of Recommendation and 7) Application Review for submission.

I've applied to SSU (and EOP). How will I know if I've been accepted to the university? Track your application "Application Status" page.

I've been admitted to SSU! When will I know if I've been accepted to EOP? What do I need to do next?
When will I know if I've been accepted to EOP? Start at the "First-time freshman applicant" page. What do I need to do next? Then go to the "Admitted to SSU" page.

I've been admitted to EOP! Now what?
View your checklist on the "Admitted to EOP" page. Then check out the Summer Bridge link for more info. Summer Bride is from June 27-July 2. Summer Bridge is MANDATORY for all EOP First Time Freshmen. Freshmen MUST attend Summer Bridge to be part of EOP at Sonoma State University. Because you will attend Summer Bridge you will NOT attend the SSU Orientation and do not need to pay the $255 orientation fee. If you have already paid for the SSU Orientation the $255 will be refunded to you.

Supplemental Form
We have reviewed your EOP application and need additional information to make an accurate assessment of your eligibility. An EOP Supplemental Application Form was emailed to you. You must complete the form and email it to before we can make a final decision. You can download the form at this Link for the PDF.

If you are unable to download the form we will mail one to you. Email your request for the form to to ensure your application gets finalized.

Please let us know if you are no longer interested in EOP at SSU.

How do I choose My Freshman Learning Community?
View the EOP Academy Information and learn how to sign up online Tell Me More About EOP View a PowerPoint Presentation of the EOP Program Freshmen | Transfer

STEP 1: Apply for CSU Admissions
A) Apply online at with $55.00 CSU Application fee or Fee Waiver. Be sure to mark "Yes" on the CSU Application to apply for EOP services. The EOP Application is a seperate process beyond the CSU Applicaiton.

B) Submit official High School transcripts and take entrance exam early! EPT-ELM, SAT or ACT scores/other exams.
STEP 2: Apply for EOP Admissions
When you submit the online CSU Admission Application and request EOP services, you will be directed to the CSUMentor EOP application to do the following. LINK: EOP CSUMentor Application online

Read the EOP information on CSUMentor. The EOP Program is for those that qualify as a First Generation CSU college-bound students, meaning none of your parents attained a 4-year degree and you are below the EOP Income guidelines set by the State according to number in Household. (See >>Eligibility link<< for numbers).

STEP 3: Apply for Financial Aid
Application for Financial Aid is a separate process from the CSU and EOP admissions process. Go to the FAFSA website: and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year beginning January 1st - March 2nd is the deadline for priority consideration. Our Financial Aid SSU code 001156 on your FAFSA. Call the Financial Aid Office at for more information. ALL EOP APPLICANTS MUST FILE THE FAFSA.

Financial Aid: Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application between January 1 and January 15 to receive your best financial aid award. To meet this deadline, many students will use estimated family income based on 2013 figures and then update later with accurate 2014 information when tax return is completed.

NOTE: If you mistakenly stated that you are not interested in EOP on your CSUMentor Application and would like to change your response, please do the following: Send us an email at which includes your full name and SSU ID (if applicable). Write a short statement about what happened and state your intent to apply for EOP.
STEP 4: Take the CSU EPT/ELM Placement Tests
This is only for 1st Time Freshmen admissions: You are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Math (ELM) if you have not submitted any SAT/ACT exemption. See the College Board website online for more detials. We strongly recommend you take your EPT/ELM tests by March but no later than May unless you are exempt by SATs, AP Tests, etc. Make sure you take the ELM Entry Level Math and the EPT, English Placement Test if you are not going to take the SAT/ACT. AP or Advanced Placement scores of over 3 will exempt you from these test also. See your High School Counselor for details.

See our >>Testing website<< for schedule of exams.