An Act of the New Jersey Legislature created the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program in 1968. It was conceived as part of a broad range of programs that addressed segregation, systemic poverty, and economic and educational marginalization. The EOF's mission is to provide greater access to higher education. It serves New Jersey residents who are capable, motivated, and require the services of the SEBS EOF program for their success. 

At the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) EOF administers a progressive network of programs and services, including:

  • The Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)
  • The START-UP Summer Institute
  • The Rutgers University Solid GEMS Chemistry Program (General Education in Math and Science)
  • A partnership with the Yale University SURF program
  • Internships and undergraduate research programs
  • Educational counseling and academic support, as well as other services

Since its inception in 1969, SEBS EOF has prepared students to solve some of the more challenging problems of the twenty-first century. Learning how to identify and create solutions to social problems in the areas of food, nutrition and health, as well as climate and energy, is an important part of what we do at SEBS. Join our alumni—physicians, forecasters, dieticians, dentists, chemists, scientist, teachers, biologists, physical therapists, analysts, community organizers, consultants and CEOs—in meeting today's challenges.