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(914) 674-7627

Freshmen Admission

The HEOP Program is New York State and college-funded program for students who, for academic and financial reasons, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Mercy College. Therefore, admission into the program is based on academic and financial criteria.

HEOP Admission Requirements:
  • Resident of New York State
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have not registered for college credit-bearing courses after high school graduation
  • Inadmissible to Mercy under regular admission guidelines
  • Demonstrate the academic potential for satisfactory completion of a degree program
  • Meet New York State income guidelines
  • Attend mandatory Pre-Freshman Summer Program prior to their first year
How to Apply

Once deemed academically eligible, students must complete and submit the forms listed in the Forms for Incoming Students section of this website.

Note: Strong candidates, reviewed and determined by the HEOP committee, will be invited to participate in a mandatory interview and sit for a Placement Exam.

Academic Eligibility

To apply, students must first complete an undergraduate admissions application.

Please follow the instructions detailed in the application website. If you are deemed academically eligible, our HEOP committee will receive your information from our admissions team.  

Pre-Freshman Summer Program

Freshmen must attend a five-week summer academic program. The Pre-Freshman Summer Program is held on the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses. Students commute while taking selected courses including reading, writing, math, study skills and college success strategies. They also attend cultural and social activities sponsored by HEOP at Mercy College and other Westchester-Rockland area colleges.

HEOP counselors meet weekly with each new student. Peer and professional tutors as well as the use of computer labs help students with the completion of classroom assignments. The Pre-Freshman Summer Program is at no cost to the student.