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The Office of Special Programs (OSP) is responsible for the stewardship of key CUNY-wide programs that increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of underrepresented groups in higher education. These programs include the Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) and College Discovery (CD) opportunity programs, the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), the Single Stop College Initiative, CUNY’s TRIO programs, and the CUNY Foster Youth College Success Initiative, Youth Matter.

Our Programs

The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK & College Discovery Program

SEEK, founded in 1965, is the higher education opportunity program at the senior (four year) CUNY colleges.  CD, founded in 1964, is at the CUNY community colleges (two year). SEEK and CD were established to provide comprehensive academic, financial, and social supports to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to their educational and financial circumstances.

CUNY’s TRiO Programs

The TRiO programs are federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support middle school through post-graduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. TRiO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.

The Single Stop College Initiative

Single Stop provides free comprehensive social, legal and financial services to students at several CUNY colleges. In addition, The Single Stop College Initiative provides free, on-site tax preparation services during tax season (January – April); one-on-one financial counseling services throughout the year; and legal services.

Youth Matter

CUNY’s Foster Youth College Success Initiative, seeks to implement a structured support system to help foster youth in CUNY’s SEEK and CD programs.  They are provided with access to academic, social, financial and psycho-social support above and beyond the support they receive from SEEK and CD.

Events Calendar

OSP News & Media

African American Legends: SEEK Program

Opening Doors for 50 Years

How TRIO Works

Single Stop Southern Region