Empowering YOU to achieve academic and personal success

Access Program

Access is a program designed for first-year Western Washington University students to provide personalized guidance as you transition into the university. We understand that all students offer unique strengths and talents, and we provide assistance as you develop your gifts in a new, academically rigorous college environment. A major goal of the Access program is to work collaboratively with you to further discover and understand your talents and apply them toward an education and career plan. With dedicated academic coaching, courses, workshops, and social activities, we are committed to supporting you on your path to academic, social, and personal excellence.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Develop a learning plan that meets university requirements and your interests
  • Gain knowledge of Western Washington University policies and procedures
  • Identify and use support services and resources available to you on campus
  • Set short- and long-term academic and career goals and create a plan to reach them
  • Earn priority class registration, a benefit that can keep you on track to graduate in your preferred timeframe
  • Build social and peer connections through a shared learning community and assigned Peer Mentors

Access Academic Support Coordinator, (ASC)

Program participants receive academic guidance and assistance from Danielle Smith, the Access Academic Support Coordinator (ASC). The Access ASC works with each Access student individually to:

  • Select classes appropriate for each quarter
  • Navigate the financial aid world
  • Develop long-term educational plans

Access students meet their ASC during a special advising session at Summerstart, Western’s New Student Orientation. Thus, from the very beginning, Access students enjoy one-on-one ASC contact.

Page Updated 07.22.2016