Special Admissions Programs

Full Opportunity Program

The Full Opportunity Program is a Fredonia-based program for students who fall slightly shy of our traditional admissions criteria. In selecting students for the program, Admissions looks holistically at each applicant to determine his or her potential for success. Admissions decisions are based on a student’s ability to be academically successful in a rigorous college setting.

FOP is a vibrant support program designed to assist students in navigating their way through the college experience. Flexible, individualized and compassionate support from professional staff provides guidance for students as they develop a strong foundation for success.

Because we are committed to your success, the Full Opportunity Program offers a wide range of programs and services to help you have the most fulfilling experience during your time at Fredonia. Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of:

  • Individualized tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Success coaching
  • Enroll in ENGL 100 (Craft of Writing) your first semester
  • Guided Study Opportunities
 For more information about the Full Opportunity Program support services, interested persons should refer to the Full Opportunity Program at https://www.fredonia.edu/academics/full-opportunity-program.

Educational Development Program (Educational Opportunity Program)

Applicants who demonstrate potential for completing a degree program, meet financial and academic guidelines, and have historically experienced educational and economic disadvantages, may seek admission through the Educational Opportunity Program (called the Educational Development Program, or EDP, at Fredonia).  To be eligible for consideration you must be a New York State resident and have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.

To be considered “financially eligible,” you must meet the economic criteria established by the New York State Education Department. Visit https://www.suny.edu/attend/academics/eop/#income for the updated economic criteria.  

You are required to submit appropriate financial aid applications and verification of family income to supplement your request for admission as an EDP student. We may request additional information from you, as needed. A SUNY EOP Information form must be filed as part of the application process.

You do not need to prove that you meet the economic guidelines if you can show that:

  • Your family receives payment through the New York State County Department of Social Services;
  • You live with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and your natural parents provide no financial support to you, or;
  • You are a ward of the state or county.

To be considered “academically eligible” means you do not meet the usual Fredonia admissions standards, yet you must demonstrate academic potential, motivation, and a strong desire for a college education. You apply for our EDP program by checking “yes” when answering the EOP question on the SUNY application. Transfer applicants receive consideration if they have previously been enrolled in a similar EOP/HEOP/College Discovery/SEEK program.

If you attended a college that does not have an EOP-type program, then we attempt to determine whether you would have been deemed eligible for EOP at the time of your high-school graduation.

For more information about the Educational Development Program support services, interested persons should refer to the Educational Development Program.

Joint Admission


Fredonia has implemented joint admission agreements with several two-year colleges, both public and private. Joint admission program students request admission to Fredonia by applying to the admissions office at the two-year college and completing requirements for the associate degree.
You must meet all requirements as stated in our University Catalog and the joint admission agreements in order to continue with your studies at Fredonia. You may obtain information from our transfer counselor in the Office of Admissions at Fredonia or the two-year college.

Time-Shortened Degree Program 

Students enrolling at Fredonia may select from a variety of individually determined and contracted time-shortened degree options. Because some academic programs at the university are incompatible with the time-shortened degree, counseling from an academic or admissions counselor is advisable.


Pathway Program


Early Admission 3-1-3 Program. Accelerated high school juniors who wish to begin college coursework during their senior year of high school may wish to explore this opportunity and apply for early admission. We expect applicants to have completed the majority of their coursework in college preparatory mathematics and sciences, and a sequence in foreign languages with above-average academic achievement.  Your high school counselor must submit a recommendation in support of your request for early admission. 

Interested students should work with their high school counselor and submit the SUNY application available online and select curriculum code 0199. Your high school counselor will develop your joint college and high school class schedule.