Geneseo AOP Program Information


The Isom E. Fearn Access Opportunity Programs (AOP) at SUNY Geneseo were established to meet the educational aspirations of academically talented students who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of New York State and neighboring states. The programs united under AOP are the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP). The two programs serve different segments of society, but both provide educational access opportunities and academic support services to participants. Eligibility for the EOP program is based on academic and economic factors, and the program provides students with some financial support. The TOP program does not consider economic factors, although TOP students may qualify for financial aid.


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Although AOP applicants represent some of the brightest students in New York State, due to the high academic standards for admission, applicants seeking admission through AOP ordinarily do not satisfy one or more of Geneseo's general admission requirements. Given their academic potential, however, a more in-depth review of their academic credentials is used to assess their potential for success at SUNY Geneseo. In addition to high school grades and standardized test scores, AOP applicants are required to complete and submit supporting and veryifying documentation before an admission decision is rendered. In some cases, an on campus interview may be required.

Counselors and applicants who would like additional information about applying for admission through this program may fill out an information request form online, or contact Geneseo AOP (585-245-5725) or Geneseo Admissions (585-245-5571) directly.


Educational Opportunity Program at Geneseo

The Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a parallel of CUNY’s SEEK programs, was extended to the State University of New York in 1968 to provide higher education to traditionally bypassed residents of New York State. The program is aimed at students who have the potential to complete a college degree, but do not meet the general admission requirements because their academic credentials may have been adversely affected during their high school years by economic factors. Applicants are required to provide specific supporting and verifying documentation before admission decisions will be rendered. Specific state economic guidelines must be followed, and campus interviews may be required for some applicants.

Services provided by the department:

  • Students are assigned counselors to assist with personal, financial, academic and career matters.
  • Tutorial services are available free of charge.
  • Students are eligible for a stipend each semester to help offset the cost of textbooks.
  • A four-week summer program is provided during July to help acclimate students to campus.  It is mandatory and free to EOP students.


Note: Applicants cannot apply for both EOP and Early Decision/Early Action programs.

EOP Eligibility

Freshmen: An academic unweighted GPA between 78 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 800 - 1100; 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 17 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.

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.

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). Emancipated applicants must document independence.

Given limited slots, admission priority will be extended to those applicants who are most disadvantaged as defined by New York State EOP guidelines.

Applicants must meet specific EOP academic and income eligibility guidelines. For updated income eligibility guidelines, please see below:

SUNY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM 2015-2016 INCOME GUIDELINES (Updated 1/27/15)

Household Size*
Income
1
$21,978
2
$29,637
3
$37,296
4
$44,955
5
$52,614
6
$60,273
7
$67,951
8
$75,647


*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 completed copy of SUNY Geneseo's Educational Opportunity Program Information Form (EOPIF) and proof of income for the year prior to admission. (e.a., 1040 federal tax report, Social Services verification letter, Social Security award letter, etc.) 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. 

How to apply for EOP in New York


Transitional Opportunity Program at Geneseo

The Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP) is a SUNY Geneseo sponsored program that includes many of the services commonly associated with EOP. Although the academic standards for admission are the same as for EOP, TOP applicants are not held to the same firm economic guidelines expected of EOP applicants. Most students qualify for the program because of the College’s interest in and commitment to expanding its student body to include the rich ethnic/racial, economic and age diversity of our society. Applicants applying for admission through this program shall be required to provide supporting documents to verify status and academic potential. Approximately 50% or more of TOP students qualify for financial aid.

The Transitional Opportunity Program was created to address the fact that, due to the economic restrictions associated with meeting the eligibility for EOP, coupled with the high admission expectations associated with general admission to SUNY Geneseo, many academically talented students (many who were minority students) were being denied access to SUNY Geneseo. As such, The State University of New York College at Geneseo, in its efforts to provide educational opportunities to New York State residents who make up the rich ethnic/racial diversity that reflects our society, instituted the TOP department in 1985.

TOP is a SUNY Geneseo sponsored program that provides many of the support services commonly associated with its Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). TOP is one of the two programs included in Geneseo’s Access Opportunity Programs (AOP) department. TOP participants have experienced a great deal of academic and personal success at SUNY Geneseo and abroad, and many have gone on to some of the top graduate and professional schools in the country. Graduates and current students have majored in Accounting, Biology, Communication, Education, Political Science and Psychology, among others. TOP graduates are also employed as optometrists, lawyers, counselors, teachers, accountants, and biologists, to name a few, and many graduates of the program have earned graduate and/or professional degrees at respected universities throughout the state and nation.

Services provided by the department:

  • Students are assigned counselors to help with personal, financial, academic and career matters.
  • Tutorial services are available free of charge.
  • Students are required to attend a four-week summer program in July to accilimate them to the campus.  The out-of-pocket cost for TOP students for the summer program will be $1,250.00.


Students seeking admission to the College through TOP should complete and submit the standard State University of New York application or the SUNY Geneseo Common Application as soon as possible. The College's AOP department will keep applicants updated about their admission status throughout the admission process. All admitted students are required to pay a $300.00 deposit which is applied toward tuition and residence hall fees. Counselors or applicants who are interested in additional information may contact the AOP department or the admissions department directly at (585) 245-5571.

TOP Eligibility

Freshmen: An academic unweighted GPA of 78 or higher; a combined score of 800 or higher on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT; or a minimum score of 17 on the ACT’s; 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.

Transfers: Unless otherwise specified, must 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. and must also satisfy one or more of the items listed below.

All applicants must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. A member of an underrepresented racial group asspecified in US census designations; a low-income student who exceeds eligibility critieria for EOP; a student attending a high identified as rural
  2. A recent immigrant of any race who has lived less than six (6) years in the United States but is seeking permanent resident status(classified as an eligible non citizen and assigned an Alien Registration Number). Must have scored at least five hundred twenty-five (525) or higher on paper-based test (92 or higher on the internet based test) , and/or have earned a score of 400 or higher on the critical reading section of the SAT
  3. Age 25 years or older, of any race or ethnic background, and willing to enroll full-time (not less than 12 credit hours) during their first two semesters of study at SUNY Geneseo
  4. A student who has self-identified as a first generation college student (neither parent or guardian has completed a four year college degree). 

How to apply for TOP New York State