Campus in Spring

What is the Access College?

Students will comprise a cohort that will take classes together in a building that will house the program. Classes will cover a range of disciplines, similar to the foundational classes that first-year college students traditionally take. Access College students will also enroll in classes and workshops designed to provide additional support (adjusting to college life, study skills, identifying strengths and interests, learning about career paths, financial management, resiliency, etc.). Students will also receive support services specifically designed to meet their needs. 

How it Works

Upon completion of the program, students receive their Associate’s degree in University Studies.

By obtaining an Associate’s degree in University Studies, Access College students will be able to transition into a four-year program to complete their Bachelor’s degree, which they will be able to do here at Valpo or at any other institution.

Students can take classes in the major of their interest, allowing them to get a head start on their degree. If you don’t know what you want to major in, no worries! Our University Studies degree is designed to accommodate Exploratory students as well.

Students will be assigned support staff who will be there to assist with the transition to college. We will spend the time getting to know your unique background, goals, and your fears of starting college.

Will be receiving a diploma/GED from a US High School/GED program before the start of the Fall semester

  • This program is FULL TIME ONLY. We cannot accommodate a part time schedule, nor can we accommodate Spring enrollment. You must apply for the Fall semester as a full time student.

Weighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

One or more of the following:

  • You are the first person in your family to attend college, or neither of your parents/guardians have received a Bachelor’s degree
  • You are eligible for the Pell Grant
  • You desire to attend college and obtain a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree