Program Services

The Niagara University Opportunity Program provides support services that are designed to enhance academic achievement and success. The services include:

NUOP Summer Academy

It is a five-week, mandatory program designed to integrate the various aspects of college life and to promote personal growth and educational achievement for entering freshmen.

  • Basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and study skills is initiated.
  • Most students live in the university residence halls and are supervised by a resident advisor. Through this and various other experiences provided by the counseling staff, students are oriented to various academic and personal/social demands encountered in college life;
  • Students' self-understanding and personal functioning is improved through seminars on assertiveness and relaxation training, value clarification, career exploration and self-awareness, etc.;
  • Relief from the intense academic schedule is provided by activities such as picnics, bowling, visits to community attractions, etc.

Academic Support

The NUOP staff understands that students enter college with their own circumstances and experiences while facing unique challenges. NUOP provides you with both individual and group counseling opportunities covering financial, academic, and personal concerns. The NUOP staff wants to make certain that you develop self-confidence, independence, and successful approaches to learning in college. The students, alongside their NUOP counselor, will begin to design an Individual Graduation Plan that will be used to inform future academic, career, and life decisions. This personalized attention builds a trusting relationship necessary in order to face challenges together.


The tutoring component is an integral part of our program. It is designed to assist students with their academic subjects. Qualified tutors work with students on a one-on-one basis or with small groups, depending on the student's needs.


Realizing that many students entering college encounter unique problems, counseling services are provided by professional counselors. Academic, financial aid, career, and personal counseling are integrated within the counseling component. Throughout the students' undergraduate years, the counselor works with the students to support their success.

Financial Support

Realizing that financing a college education may be a major obstacle for students, NUOP staff, in cooperation with Niagara's Financial Aid office, make every effort to provide for the financial needs of NUOP students. Students receive funding through a combination of Federal and State aid and can vary depending on each students' circumstances. Your financial need is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).