Frequently Asked Questions About AOP

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

  • The applicant responds to the EOP eligibility related question on the SUNY or Common Application as well as the FAFSA application.

Transitional Opportunity Program

  • The applicant appears to satisfy the TOP eligibility requirements stated in questions 3 and 4 on this page and is referred to the AOP Office by the Director of Admissions for review, OR
  • The applicant is uncertain about his/her qualifications for general admission and submits a personal request for a TOP evaluation to Geneseo’s Director of Admissions

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.

EOP essay questions must be submitted electronically to the following

Applicants whose credentials have been referred for consideration for the Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP) will be also sent a series of personal essays which must be submitted prior to a decision being made. TOP essay responses must be submitted electronically to TOP applicants may be required to provide additional information specific to AOP, such as an AOP essay and a counselor and 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 2.4 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)

  • Applicants must answer the question related to EOP elibigibility as outlined on the Common Application or SUNY Application and satisfy New York State’s EOP economic guidelines as specified on the website located here
  • EOP Transfer Applicant must have been previously enrolled as a participant of EOP, HEOP, SEEK, College Discovery (CD) or designated a Full Opportunity Program (FOP) student at a New York State college/university that does not sponsor one of the above programs and must have earned at least 2.5 GPA.

Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP)

  • Must belong to any under-represented racial group specified in US census designations; OR
  • Must be a recent immigrant of any race who has lived less than six (6) years in the United States but is seeking permanent resident status. Must be classified as an eligible non citizen and have been assigned an Alien Registration Number. Must have scored at least five hundred twenty-five (525) or better on TOEFL and /or have earned a score or 400 or better on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or a ACT score of 17; OR
  • Twenty-five (25) years of age or older of any race who is willing to enroll full-time (twelve or more credit hours) during first two semesters of attendance at SUNY Geneseo; OR
  • Must be a first generation college student (neither parent or guardian has completed a four-year college degree).
  • TOP transfers must have completed two full-time semesters at another college and have earned a 2.5 or above GPA.

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:

  • All AOP students are required to participate in four-week summer program throughout the month of July and August. For more information, click on the link for summer program
  • AOP freshmen (like all students) must limit their first semester course load to a maximum of four (4) academic courses. In consultation with their AOP counselor, they may increase their course load after their first semester
  • All AOP students are expected (and in some cases, required), to maintain a continuous relationship with their AOP counselor throughout their academic career at Geneseo
  • Academic performance will be closely monitored through use of academic progress reports during the first four semesters of study
  • AOP freshmen are required to participate in several AOP sponsored student development workshops during their first semester of study
  • Selection of first-semester courses will be determined in part on the basis of high school academic credentials

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:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Compete the Express TAP Application (ETA)

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?

Generally, all AOP freshmen with no college experience will be expected 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
SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, N.Y. 14454
(585) 245-5725; Fax: (585) 245-5720