EOP Eligibility Guidelines

  1. Freshmen: An academic unweighted GPA between 80 and 89; a combined score on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT (with a minimum score of 400 on the Critical Reading section) between 900 - 1050; OR a TOEFL score of 71 or higher (internet-based test) OR a score of 197 or higher on the (computer based exam); OR a score of 21-24 on the ACT’s; OR a score of 2,750 or above on GED examination. GED recipients are required to provide composite SAT scores and high school transcripts up through their separation from high school. All applicants must be high school graduates or GED recipients. 
  2. Transfers: Applicants should be “previously” EOP at another college and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher based upon full-time enrollment.  Transfer applicants with less than one year (minimum of 24 credits) of previous college experience must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration.
  3. Applicants must have resided in New York State for at least one year prior to their application for admission and/or completed their last two terms of secondary education in a high school located in New York State. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and claim to have permanent resident status must be able to provide a copy of their alien registrationcard (green card).
  4. Emancipated applicants must document independence.
  5. Given limited slots, admission priority will be extended to those applicants who are most disadvantaged as defined by New York State EOP guidelines.
  6. Applicants must meet specific EOP academic and income eligibility guidelines.  For updated income eligibility guidelines, please see below:

2015-2016 INCOME GUIDELINES (Updated 1/27/15)

Household Size

*For each additional family member add $7,696*    

The Educational Opportunity Program admissions process considers the individual circumstances of the applicant. An initial review shall consist of the applicant’s grades in high school (or college grades in the case of transfer students), and their scores on the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In order to accurately assess an applicant’s academic potential and educational needs, the following information must be provided: Recommendations (ordinarily teacher or counselor), a personal essay that discusses disadvantagement, high school academic performance and professional goals and a copy of SUNY Geneseo's EOPIF form. If deemed necessary, a personal interview will be required.

Note: Students who are offered admission to the College through EOP are required to pay a $25 tuition deposit and a $25 housing deposit.

Students seeking admission to the College through EOP should complete and submit all required forms and applications as soon as possible. A candidate for admission to Geneseo through EOP cannot be fully evaluated until all forms are completed and filed with the AOP Office. For more information on how to apply for EOP, please click here