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Syracuse Access

Syracuse Access
University College at Syracuse University
Syracuse Access
518 James Street
Suite 110
Syracuse, NY 13203
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Program Contact Klaire Ann Moller
Program Contact Email
Phone 315.434.9597 ext. 211
Website Program website

ACCESS, part of the InclusiveU initiative at Syracuse University, is the result of a unique partnership between Onondaga Community Living and University College. It allows students with disabilities to participate in auditing classes as a non-matriculated student, and helps them navigate the college process. A maximum of nine students at a time may be enrolled in the program. It begins with students developing their own educational plan and registering for classes. Each student is paired with an agency provided campus mentor who assists them as needed with transportation, securing adaptations, taking notes, making presentations, completing assignments, and studying. Students are also paired with SU students who help them adapt socially to college life. The effort is arranged by a partnership between the Director of Inclusive Education, Bud Buckhout, whose expertise is in inclusive educational services, and an Onondaga Community Living program coordinator. Together they work directly with students, professors, administrators, and departments at SU to create a truly inclusive educational experience for each student. Bud Buckhout largely facilitates the relationship between departments. ACCESS students must qualify for funding under Medicaid and have a personal commitment to doing the work required to continue their education. The goal of ACCESS is to empower and support each student as they pursue their personal goals related to college study, making them a valued member of the college campus.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

Public or private: Private
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: 3
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
Criteria for admission
  • Must receive funding through Medicaid

Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • developmental disabilities
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 50.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

50% of students did not return due to COVID concerns

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $3000.00
Program fees: $4000.00
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:
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

There is an Access Scholarship available to students in the Access program courtesy of University College who are paying via financial aid grants, or out of pocket. The scholarship does not apply to students paying through a self directed budget. This scholarship generously allows our students to pay one third of the audit price, the University covering the other two thirds, and all other costs are taken on by the agency.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

All of our students partake in regular matriculated classes. They register under the audit status but will fully participate in all coursework with the assistance of a trained campus mentor.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Access students will register for seminars offered by InclusiveU specifically designed for students in both programs.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: A certificate of completion in degree areas are rewarded to students who complete the program.
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: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No