The program admits incoming first year students and a small number of current first year students. Application to the program is by invitation.
To be invited to apply, incoming freshmen must meet at least two of the following three criteria: a high school average of at least 95, SAT scores of at least 1400 (Verbal and Math), and ACT of at least 32. Additionally, students must show evidence of a lively dedication to scholarship.
Students who are already in attendance at Geneseo must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.6 and present a minimum of 24 credit hours earned at Geneseo.
Students are chosen for the Edgar Fellows Program from the invited applicants based on a competitive essay and further evidence of academic potential. Generally, approximately thirty incoming students and up to ten current first year students are admitted into the program annually.