Admission FAQs

Note: The questions below are intended for people who need help with admission to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at San Jose State University. If you have general questions or more in depth questions about the program, please send us an email at


Q: What forms do I need when I apply for EOP for Fall 2018?

A: The following items must be completed below:

  1. The EOP application is embedded into the application for admission to SJSU via Calstate Apply. The deadline is November 30, 2019 for Fall 2020 admission.
  2. Two (2) Recommendation forms completed entirely by two (2) separate individuals via Cal State Apply by January 31, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission.
  3. All students applying for EOP must also file for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act Application by the EOP priority deadline of January 31, 2020 to be considered for Fall 2020.


Q: Is the EOP application deadline different from the CSU application deadline and what is the final deadline to submit the EOP application/forms?

A: Yes.  The university's priority filing date is typically between October and November.  The filing date to apply for EOP for students entering SJSU in fall is November 30.  Students must turn in 2 letters of recommendation and their FAFSA/CA Dream Act to EOP by January 31.

Prospective students must also file for FAFSA/CA Dream Act, this is a requirement in order to verify financial eligibility to EOP.  In order to be given priority EOP processing, please submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act by no later than January 31 for a fall term. 


Q: Do EOP applicants automatically qualify for an application fee waiver?

A: No.  Applicants must demonstrate a financial need to be considered for the fee waiver. Determination of eligibility will be made when applying to the university online at Calstate Apply.  Only California residents are eligible for application fee waivers.

If you file the admission application via Calstate Apply, the fee waiver request is included in the online system as part of the application process.  You will be notified at the time you apply online if you qualify for the fee waiver.  

In situations where the online application is unable to determine your eligibility for a fee waiver, you will need to submit the Request for Application Fee Waiver directly to the Admission office. The Admission Office will inform you if you do not qualify for the fee waiver.

All fee waiver questions should be directed to the Admissions Office.


Q: How do I check the status of my EOP acceptance?

A: Due to the high volume of applications and recommendations submitted, EOP cannot check the individual status' to see what has been submitted on your behalf.  Please follow up with your recommender and/or Calstate Apply to track what recommendations have been submitted for you. 

Acceptance into SJSU does not guarantee acceptance into the Educational Opportunity Program. EOP acceptance criteria does differ from SJSU admission criteria and admission into EOP is competitive.


Q: How do I check the status of my admission to SJSU and documents needed?

A: For questions regarding admissions, you will need to contact the Admissions Office directly at 408.283.7500.  You may also check your Admission To Do list online at MySJSU.  


Q: How do I know if I am even eligible to apply for EOP?

A:  If you meet the criteria below, you should apply to EOP.

  1. EOP is for undergradute students applying for the first time to SJSU. If you are transferring from another CSU or a CCC, you must have been an EOP/EOPS student at your prior campus in order to be eligible at SJSU.   Please request the prior school to send verification of EOP status directly to EOP at SJSU by the EOP application deadlines. 
  2. Prospective students must meet income guidelines as found online at Calstate Apply.
  3. Prospective students must be the first in their family to attend college.
  4. Prospective students must be considered California residents.
  5. Graduate students and post baccalaureate students are not eligible to apply for EOP. Undergraduate students at SJSU that continue in a graduate or post baccalaureate program at SJSU will not retain their EOP status.


Q: Does EOP accept students who do not meet the regular admission criteria (Special Admits)?

A: EOP at SJSU has a special admission process (only for first time freshmen) for select EOP applicants that have been denied SJSU admission.  

The entire SJSU and EOP application including, but not limited to A-G requirements, test scores, and gpa is reviewed in the decision making process.  Please do not send any additional documents to our office unless you are specifically requested to.

The EOP office will determine which students we choose to partake in the Special Admit process.  In order to be considered, a prospective student must have a complete EOP application, recommendations letters and a FAFSA on file by the established deadlines.


Q: Do I reapply to the program every year?

A: No.  EOP is determined at the time of university admission.   Once you are accepted into EOP, you will remain in EOP throughout your undergraduate education as long as you meet the EOP student responsibilities and maintain continuous enrollment at SJSU. Some important points of clarification are that: 

  • Students that need to reapply for admission to SJSU must also submit an EOP application and a FAFSA form by the established deadlines in order to verify continuing eligibility for EOP.
  • Students previously admitted through regular admissions at SJSU or another CSU or CCC cannot be admitted to EOP, unless they  were previously an EOP/EOPS  student at another campus.
  • Students may not apply for EOP for future semesters.


Q: Do Students in the CCC EOPS programs automatically qualify for EOP at SJSU?

A: No.  All transfer students must submit a complete EOP application by the appropriate deadline, submit two recommendation letters and their completed FAFSA by the deadlines as well.  

Pleaes note that EOP and EOPS are two different programs and that your participation in EOPS does not extend to EOP.