Important Facts about TOP

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.

The Transitional Opportunity Program admission process considers the individual circumstances of the applicant and uses a personalized approach when evaluating the applicant's credentials. A candidate's grades and scores on standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the American College Test (ACT) and GED Test scores are evaluated.

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 deposit which is applied toward tuition and residence hall fees. Applicants are also required to participate in a multi-week summer program; which is an out-of-pocket expense that is not covered by financial aid.  Counselors or applicants who are interested in additional information about applying for admission through either program, may contact the AOP department or the admissions department directly at (585) 245-5571.