Loyola Marymount University's ACCESS program (A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship) is designed for first-year students of any major in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. 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 the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree, have a high financial need, or are commuter students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Elements of the ACCESS Program

Early Move-In

ACCESS students will have the opportunity to move into their permanent housing assignment 3 days early. Group activities will be incorporated in the first week and throughout the academic year. Participants have the opportunity to build connections with other students and to meet faculty, staff, and key administrators, becoming an integral part of the engineering and scientific community before the semester begins.

First Year Seminar
The program continues through the Fall semester with all ACCESS students enrolling in a common First-Year Seminar course -Principles of Scientific Reasoning.

Community Activities
ACCESS students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the academic year.

Apply to Join
Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will become available in spring 2024.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about participating in this learning community, contact Center for Student Success at css@lmu.edu


  • We thank the following generous donors who have supported the ACCESS program over the years:

    • Thomas and Marlene Hynes
    • Robert and Sharon Sclabassi
    • The Employees Community Fund of Boeing California
    • The Northrop Grumann Corporation
    • SpaceX
    • National Science Foundation

"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 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
Mechanical Engineering