In the summer of 1966, the SEEK Program was created by The City University of New York. Established by the State Legislature for the CUNY senior colleges, the SEEK Program accepts low-income students who would not be admitted otherwise.
SEEK was the first program of its sort in the United States. It became a model and a prototype for Higher Education Opportunity Programs across the country. Most SUNY schools now have their Equal Opportunities Programs (EOP), and many private colleges have a Higher Education Opportunities Program (HEOP). These programs would not exist, and many talented students would not have a college degree, were it not for SEEK.
In fact, when the SEEK Program was initiated, the percentage of minority students enrolled in Senior CUNY colleges was a mere 1.5 percent. SEEK opened the doors to black and Hispanic students. Now, according to U.S. News and World Report, Baruch is one of the most diverse colleges in the country.