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Summer Scholars Program

Program Overview

The staff of the Access Opportunity Programs (AOP) is pleased to welcome you to SUNY Geneseo and our annual Summer Scholars Program, which is our AOP summer orientation. To review, the AOP department consists of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP). It is mandatory for all incoming AOP students to participate in the Summer Scholars Program. 

During the summer program, you will have the opportunity to personalize relationships with Geneseo faculty and staff, as well as acquire information about matters that can impact your life as a student. The summer program staff, comprised of college professionals and current AOP students, is eager to serve you. Summer Program activities consist of an optional accepted student/family information and online orientation session, a required DRP assessment session, online workshops on academic skills and campus life, academic advisement and course registration for the fall term.  A big portion of the summer program will be spent in online college coursework.  Students will take three courses as part of the Summer Scholars Program.  At the completion of the summer program, successful students will have earned three (3) Geneseo college credits that will be applied during the fall semester. Throughout the process of joining AOP and the SUNY Geneseo community,the AOP professional staff and the summer program student staff, will provide personal assistance with any concerns that you might have.

Welcome to SUNY Geneseo and the AOP Summer Scholars Program! We look forward to sharing the next steps in your life's journey with you.

Summer 2020 Details

Program Dates: July 13, 2020 - July 31, 2020

IMPORTANT: The AOP Summer Scholars Program will be ONLINE this summer.

Required Forms 

There is information we need from incoming student prior to the start of the 2020 AOP Summer Scholars Program.  These forms are all due by July 1, 2020.

Directions: Please complete the 2020 AOP Summer Scholars Data Form.  This is an online form that will ask that you attach the following completed forms. 

Required Forms

All students are also required to submit information to the Department of Student Health and Counseling.  Instructions for submitting the required information is found here: New/Transfer Student Immunization Instructions 


The participation fee for each session of the AOP Summer Scholars Program is $1,250.00 per student. Fees cover all expenses, such as room, meals, course materials for STEM courseworok, the writing seminar, mentoring, and academic advisement.  

Due to the extreme financial impact of COVID-19, SUNY Geneseo has made the decision to cover the cost of the AOP Summer Scholars Program.  There will be NO charge for the program to our accepted students or their families.

For EOP students, the program fee will be covered by the NYS Educational Opportunity Program grant.  For TOP students the cost will be assumed by SUNY Geneseo. 

Student and Parent Information Session

AOP is hosting an information and orientation session for admitted students and their families . During the session the variety of benefits of AOP will be discuss along with the details of the AOP Summer Scholars Program. We will make every effort to answer any and all questions during the information session and make a personal connection with our incoming students and their families. There is no charge for this session

DATES: Thursday, April 16, Wednesday, May 6, and/or Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Online - please contact the AOP Office if you did not receive your invitation to the information sessions.


Required Summer Program DRP Assessment

AOP will continue to monitor the COVID-19 guidelines and adjust the DRP offering as needed.  Please watch your email for updates.

As part of preparation for the Summer Scholars Program, there will be a Degrees of Reading Power assessment given to all new incoming students.  Students are not graded on this assessment but it allows the AOP Summer Program Staff and Faculty to better address some of the academic needs of our incoming AOP students.  This is a mandatory assessment for all new incoming AOP students.  

What to Have for the Summer Scholars Program

  • A laptop 
  • Financial aid paperwork 
  •  AP score reports, IB reports, and/or official college transcripts *if available
  • College Required Health forms (unless already submitted)
  • Calculator 
  • Pens, pencils, 81/2"x11" notebook (spiral bound), and book bag
  • Internet access
  • Time:  A typical three credit course requires that you spend three hours a week in class and 9 hours per week outside class.  Plus you will need time for required workshops, advisement meetings, mentor meetings, and so much more.  We recommend that as you plan for your summer you are able to spend 15 - 18 hours per week devoted to your summer scholars program work.

If there is a conflict with your full participation in the designated AOP Summer Orientation Program session, you must contact the AOP office and speak with the Director of AOP.  

Persons With Disabilities

SUNY Geneseo would like to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied access, or otherwise treated differently from any other individuals attending the AOP Orientation Program. Please contact us about accommodations at your earliest convenience, but not later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the AOP Summer Program, to give us sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements. To request accommodations, call the AOP office at (585) 245-5725.


The AOP staff may be reached by phone from 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday at (585) 245-5725 or by fax at (585) 245-5720.