MSU ACCESS strive to inspire confidence and self-awareness in each of our students by allowing them to make decisions, encouraging teamwork and participation, setting and achieving goals, self-advocating, and empathizing with others.
Each student is an individual and will be viewed as one. ACCESS integrates person-centered planning in the development of the course of study for each student. One-on-one interaction will provide each student a nurturing environment in which the student can thrive and be successful. Careful and purposeful listening will offer insight into future plans in the development of an individualized plan for each student.
Students are encouraged to become involved in various activities and organizations on campus and throughout the community.
Volunteering is a large part of ACCESS. There are approximately 70 MSU students that volunteer to be mentors for ACCESS students. Many Starkville businesses support ACCESS by providing internships to the students, and the MSU faculty/staff and Starkville residents are always seeking ways to support our students.
ACCESS freshmen are required to enroll in the Day One Leadership Program (www.dayone.msstate.edu/) which introduces students to leadership roles and service-learning projects. This class is a favorite among MSU students!
Students Organizations are an excellent opportunity for students to socialize with others, especially students outside of ACCESS.