Loyola Marymount University's ACCESS program (A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship) is designed for first-year students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. ACCESS provides students a scholarship for an all-expense paid, three-week residential program that focuses on academics and critical thinking in the sciences. Participation in the program will prepare students for academic excellence through collaborative engagement in 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.

Students will be given free room and board for this summer immersion program starting three weeks before the start of the semester. This scholarship covers all expenses, including admission for field trips on weekends. Students must reside on campus full time from Sunday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 26 (free of charge). Please note that dates are subject to change.

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

    • Receive academic preparation and career planning advice, including information about graduate studies and strategies for successful post-baccalaureate paths
    • Receive four college credits that count toward your degree
    • Get a head start by becoming an integral part of the scientific community on campus before the semester begins
    • Work with other students on problems in the sciences while developing and sharpening your own analytic skills
    • Become connected with University resources and exclusive opportunities through your participation in the program
    • Be exposed to LMU residential life before the semester begins (free room and board provided during the three week period in the summer)
    • Meet faculty, staff, and key administrators before the first day of classes
    • Participate in a variety of outings related to careers in the sciences, including UCLA Medical Center, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, La Brea Tar Pits, the West Basin Municipal Water District, and the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island
  • 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