Empowering YOU to achieve academic and personal success

Access Program

Welcome to your first year at Western Washington University! Access is a one-year program designed to provide guidance as you transition into the university. With academic coaching, courses, workshops, and social activities, we are committed to supporting you on your path to academic, social, and personal excellence. We believe that all students offer unique talents, and we provide assistance as you build your strengths in this new college setting. A major goal of the Access program is to work with you to further discover and understand your talents, then apply them toward an education and career plan.

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


Enrollment in the Access program is limited to students invited by Student Outreach Services. First-year students who are eligible to participate in the Access program will receive an invitation in the summer prior to fall quarter.

Access Academic Support Coordinator, (ASC)

Program participants receive academic guidance and assistance from Danielle Smith, the Access Academic Support Coordinator (ASC). 

Page Updated 07.27.2016