Educational Opportunity Fund

EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund)

Through this alternative admissions program, Rowan admits students who otherwise might be shut out of a college education because of their lack of funds and limited academic preparation. In addition to being New Jersey residents who meet certain academic and financial requirements specified by the Admissions Office, EOF applicants must demonstrate motivation, determination and the potential to succeed at the university level. Once accepted into the program, EOF students have access to a support system that is specially tailored to meet their needs, offering intensive counseling, supplemental instruction, tutoring and workshops.

Admission to EOF


The EOF Program is open to New Jersey residents who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, are interested in attending college full-time and meet the financial guidelines. To qualify financially, students living with their parents or guardian must have a family income of less than $39,060, for a family of three. Larger families or extenuating circumstances allow for higher income levels. Independent students are evaluated on the same income scale, according to the number of dependents they have.

*General guidelines to determine financial eligibility for the EOF program.

Applying to EOF

If you wish to apply to the EOF program, use the Freshman Application and select "EOF" under “Program Selection and Additional Information

Also required:

  • Submit your official high school transcript
  • Complete an interview with a Rowan Admissions Counselor
  • Demonstrate need for substantial financial aid
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate on the FAFSA that Rowan University should receive a copy of the analysis.
  • Submit the EOF Information Profile

If you are living with your parents at the time of your application, you must send the University a copy of your parents' (both, if applicable) most recent W-2 statement of wage earnings or income tax return. After you submit your application for admission and all financial aid forms and complete an interview, the Admissions Office will consider you for admission as an EOF student.

Counseling and Tutoring Services

Along with the list of benefits below, the EOF program grants you access to these special services designed to support you throughout your college experience. 

  • Regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings with EOF counselors, who can help you with a range of issues, whether academic, financial or personal, as well as career planning and graduate school admissions
  • Individual and group tutoring sessions which are provided by the Tutoring Center, free of charge
  • Study skills workshops
  • Leadership skills workshops
Summer Pre-College Institute
As an EOF student, you'll attend a six-week residential summer orientation session on the Rowan University campus. The session is designed to help you adjust to college life and the challenges of college-level study. It includes coursework, structured study periods, a campus orientation and social activities. You'll also get an advance look at the campus-wide student clubs, organizations and activities available at Rowan. By the time the fall semester begins, you'll have a head start on your life as a Rowan University student-both academically and socially.
Financial Aid
Financial aid is awarded as funds permit to all EOF students who have demonstrated need. Rowan's financial aid program consists of federal- and state-funded programs, private scholarships or a combination of these sources.
On-Campus Housing
Rowan University guarantees housing for all incoming freshman students in the freshmen residence halls. Upperclass students can choose from three residence halls, three apartment complexes and town houses on-campus. All residence hall rooms are wired for easy access to email, the Internet and cable TV. They also feature common areas for studying and socializing. Arrangements can be made to accommodate those with special needs. Incoming freshman who attend the EOF program on our Camden Campus are not required to live on-campus. The Rowan at Camden EOF program is designed for commuter students. If you're accepted to EOF, you'll get an advance look at on-campus housing arrangements during the summer orientation. Your EOF counselor can assist you in making the right housing choice for the fall and spring semesters.
For More Information
For more information about the EOF Program or general admissions information, contact: 877.RU.ROWAN (877.787.6926) 856.256.4200 or EOFadmissions@rowan.edu