1. Does the AOP application process differ from that of general applicants?
All SUNY Geneseo AOP applicants must complete a SUNY Application or a Common Application in order to become a candidate for admission. In order to apply for admission through New York State’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the applicant must read and respond to EOP related eligibility questions when completing the SUNY or Common Application and FAFSA applications. TOP applicants should review answers to questions 2 and 4 on this page to determine eligibility for TOP.
Although AOP applicants may not satisfy all of the academic standards required for general admission, their potential for academic success at Geneseo will be established through a more in-depth examination of their academic history. Supporting and/or verifying documentation will include a counselor or teacher recommendation, standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or GED) if applicable, and a high school transcript. In some cases, an on-campus interview and/or TOEFL scores will be required.
2. How do I apply for admission through AOP?
Follow the links to see more complete information on applying through TOP or EOP. After completing the SUNY Application or the Common Application, an applicant will be considered through one of Geneseo’s Access Opportunity Programs if:
Educational Opportunity Program
Transitional Opportunity Program
Be sure to check your mail and e-mail for further instructions after you have submitted your Common Application or SUNY Application. If you have not received anything from Geneseo within three weeks after submitting your application, call the AOP office at (585)245-5725.
Applicants whose credentials have been referred for consideration for the Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP) will also be asked to schedule a phone interview which is three questions. TOP applicants may be required to provide additional information specific to AOP, such as a counselor or teacher recommendation (if not already submitted).
3. What are the minimal academic standards for AOP admission?
Freshmen: A high school GPA between 80 and 89 for EOP OR 80 and higher for TOP; a combined score of 820-1100 on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT, or a score of 17 on the ACT; a score of 2,750 or higher on GED examination. GED recipients are required to provide composite SAT or ACT scores and high school transcripts through their date of separation from high school. All applicants must be high school graduates or GED recipients.
Transfer: Ordinarily, a transfer applicant is expected to have completed two full-time semesters at another college and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above to be a serious candidate for admission.
4. Do the application and admission requirements differ between EOP and TOP?
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP)
5. Are AOP students subject to different requirements than other students?
AOP students are ordinarily not placed into any courses that are not open to all Geneseo students. However, AOP students are expected to adhere to certain guidelines designed to insure a successful and rewarding academic experience at Geneseo. Academic support services (counseling, tutoring and student developmental workshops, etc.) are provided at no cost to AOP students throughout their undergraduate career at Geneseo. Program expectation are listed below:
6. Are AOP students academically successful?
Over the past ten years, the graduation rate for Geneseo’s AOP students has consistently matched or exceeded the mean graduation rate for all US Colleges/Universities, and graduate degrees have been earned at many of the nation’s most prestigious college/universities in business, medicine, law, education, social sciences and natural sciences. Many AOP students broaden their educational experience by participation in study abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, etc.
7. Can AOP students participate in extracurricular activities?
AOP students are active in all phases of college life. In addition to serving in leadership positions in many student organizations, AOP students participate as athletes, artists, and performers (plays and musicals). They also serve as tutors and resident hall assistants (RAs).
8. How do I apply for financial aid?
If you are interested in financial aid, please do the following:
All AOP applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of the above (completed) applications to the AOP Office for advisement purposes. Additionally, applicants who are resident aliens should submit a copy of their green cards (both sides) with their AOP Part II.
9. Am I required to attend an AOP summer program?
Yes, all AOP freshmen with no college experience are required to participate in a pre-freshmen residential summer program during the months of July and/or August, at an approximate cost of $315 per week for room and board. Participation costs for EOP students will be minimal since the State's Educational Opportunity Program will share costs. In addition to being tested and receiving instruction in specific subject areas, pre-freshmen will be introduced to the college through their AOP counselor and various information sessions that covers topics such as career selection, college survival, time management, financial aid and core requirements. Their AOP Counselor will provide personal attention with academic, financial aid, and course selection/registration matters, as well as, with social, cultural and resident hall matters. Successful completion of the summer activity will confirm final admission for freshman.
Pre-freshmen are typically responsible for their own transportation to and from Geneseo. Personal automobiles use is not permitted during participation in the summer program.
10. Where is SUNY Geneseo located?
Geneseo is a village (population 7,000) located in the Genesee Valley of the Finger Lakes region in Western New York. The campus sits on a hillside overlooking the valley.
In many ways, Geneseo combines the best of two worlds; we’re close to major cities, Rochester and Buffalo, and yet enjoy the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the Finger Lakes region. Letchworth State Park, Conesus Lake, Bristol Valley and Swain ski areas are just some of the recreational areas within a few miles of the campus.
For more information, contact:
Access Opportunity Programs (AOP)
Sturges Hall, Room 120
1 College Circle
Geneseo, N.Y. 14454
(585) 245-5725; Fax: (585) 245-5720