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Mississippi State University
01 Montgomery Hall
P.O. Box 806
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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Program Contact Beca Spencer
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Phone 662.325.8375
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ACCESS at Mississippi State University promotes successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education. ACCESS (Academics, Campus Life, Community Involvement, Employment Opportunities, Socialization, and Self-Awareness) provides inclusive opportunities for diverse learners to realize their full potential with appropriate supports for academic and social success. ACCESS students participate in university catalog courses, live in on-campus residential housing, engage in professional internships, and enjoy an active social life with friends. ACCESS is designed to reduce the amount of support needed by the student as he or she progresses through the program and into the world of independence. Upon completing the four-year ACCESS program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and will participate in MSU’s graduation ceremonies.

In addition to our on-campus program, ACCESS also offers online personal enrichment courses that serve as educational programming for those who would benefit from developing their functional life skills. Our online courses are based on our on-campus courses and are excellent for students at transition age (14+) through adulthood, whether they are working toward applying for a post-secondary transition program or growing independent living skills and identifying future career paths. There is no application or interview process required to enroll. For more information or to register, please visit our website:

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 26
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: October 1 - December 1
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 64.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $8750.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $8750.00
Room and board: $4000.00
Additional costs:

Meal Plan = $1,875-$2,019

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

ACESS teaches courses designed to improved independent living such as Money Math, Campus and Community Access, Everyday Communication, and more.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Mississippi State University Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Every student has an internship each semester except for the fall of the freshman year

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes