The Alfred State Opportunity Program (ASOP) is a special admissions program that offers higher education to high school graduates or holders of high school equivalency diplomas who do not meet traditional admission criteria, but who possess the potential for college success. Unlike the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), students are not required to meet financial need criteria. The program is designed to help prepare students in meeting chosen program prerequisites and allows for lighter course loads, college preparatory and developmental courses based on college course placement, and support services.
Course work is paced to enhance student success. The first semester schedule is comprised of 12 to 15 credit hours, which might include courses in English; math; reading and/or college skills; social, physical, or life science; and/or program course(s). Assistance is available for tutoring, counseling, and academic advising. To comply with program requirements, ASOP students may be required to repeat courses in which they have earned a grade of "D" or "D+."