What is EOF?

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program contributes to the development of a college-educated public that reflects the diversity of New Jersey, by working in partnership with Rutgers and the K-12 educational system to provide access to higher education for students from families/communities disadvantaged by low income and the lack of access to the quality educational preparation necessary to attend college. The Fund will partner with established pre-college efforts and seek to initiate additional opportunities to identify and prepare students for college at the pre-collegiate level. At the postsecondary level, the access and opportunity provided by the Fund is not limited to simply meeting freshman (or transfer) student enrollment goals but to also focus on student success. In this vein, EOF provides support for educational initiatives, support services, and leadership development activities that assist students to improve their chances of success in specific majors and careers fields and prepares them for the changing world of work and to assume leadership in their communities and the state.

Recruitment, improving student success, developing partnerships with pre-college and the K-12 community, connecting education with the World of Work, initiating a research agenda, and enhancing the program’s image are goals related to the EOF Mission and are critical elements established as part of the Rutgers EOF program that will increase students’ opportunities for success. (

As an EOF student, you have an opportunity to obtain a Bachelor's degree with the support of people who have your best interest at heart, and access to support services that are available to help you succeed at Rutgers. You will receive invaluable personalized counseling to assist you in exploring and resolving academic, financial aid, career, and personal issues that arise as you take this journey. However, it is up to YOU to take advantage of these opportunities and make the most of them. You have to take the initiative, put in the hard work, and have the drive and persistence to see things through to completion.