Loyola Marymount University's ACCESS program (A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship) is designed for all first-year students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. ACCESS provides students with a scholarship that allows them to work directly with faculty on practical, hands-on experiments and experiences. The goal of the program is to build community and prepare students for academic success through collaborative engagement in engineering and scientific scholarship. 

Students who are either 1) among the first in their families to obtain a 4-year degree or 2) come from an underserved or low-income community are highly encouraged to apply for this program and scholarship.

For Fall 2021, the summer immersion component of the program will consist of half day sessions and will be offered virtually from August 11-August 24, 2021. The program continues through the Fall semester with all ACCESS students enrolling in a common First Year Seminar. We are hopeful we can incorporate group excursions and field trips throughout the academic year, subject to local health authority guidelines.  

If you have any questions about participating in this learning community, contact Dr. Sandra Luca at sluca@lmu.edu.

Benefits of the Program

  • Becoming part of a close-knit community of like-minded students in Seaver College
  • Getting a head start by becoming an integral part of the engineering and scientific community before the semester begins
  • Working with other students on problems in the STEM fields while developing and sharpening your own analytic skills
  • Receiving academic preparation and career planning advice, including information about graduate studies and strategies for successful post-baccalaureate paths
  • Becoming connected with University resources and exclusive opportunities through your participation in the program
  • Meeting faculty, staff, and key administrators before the first day of classes
  • Receiving four college credits that count toward your degree
  • We hope participants will have the opportunity to participate in group excursions and field trips throughout the academic year (subject to local health authority guidelines)


  • Thomas and Marlene Hynes, our founding supporters since the inception of the ACCESS program in 2009, provide extensive support that allowed us to develop a thriving program that develops our nation's future scientists and engineers. Their continued financial and moral support has transformed the educational experience for many students in our college.

    Generous funding from the following sources have allowed us to support our students by providing critical hands-on instruction, tutoring, mentoring, textbooks, and research opportunities.

"ACCESS gave me a lot of benefits, most being things that I didn’t even know I needed until I received it. Whether it was eating breakfast, or doing experiments, or going on field trips it was such an enjoyable time. You get to ease into the college life and have the opportunity to learn so much."

- Carolina Salcedo

ACCESS Participant
Biology Major

"ACCESS benefited me in so many more ways that I could have imagined. I think first and foremost, it gave me an actual glimpse into what college as a STEM student would be like and that is something I loved. ACCESS provided me with the skills and tools that I use every day. Skills such as presentation preparation, being an active participant in class, group work, etc.”

- Jesus Padilla

ACCESS Participant
Mechanical Engineering Major