Access to College and Careers with Excellence through Student Services


The aim of the ACCESS (Access to College and Careers with Excellence through Student Services)  Program is to provide comprehensive academic and early intervention services to support the success of underrepresented students specifically admitted to UM-Flint.

Access programming is further designed to enhance each program participant’s academic, social, and personal transition for those who did demonstrate a strong motivation for success, but do not meet traditional criteria necessary for admission.


Academic Components


POSSE  is a network-based student organization which seeks to cater and increase its members in the areas of academic ability, social network suitability, campus and community accountability, and an overall potential to graduate from an accredited program at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Coaching and Mentoring

The ACCESS mentoring and coaching component will provide support and encouragement for new students (Protégés) by pairing them with upper class (Peer Mentors) students who will share strategies for academic success. Students will also be paired with faculty and home-town mentors.

Emerging Leaders Institute

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is designed to develop leadership, career and socialization skills among students enabling them to become more competitive and effective leaders.


M-Pressions is designed to achieve student success and instill positive college experiences amongst sophomore and juniors in the ACCESS Program. The Sophomore/Junior Year Experience connects participants with job shadowing and internship opportunities, but also provides professional skills and tools needed to be successful through professional development workshops.

Workshops On Wednesdays

The Workshops On Wednesdays (WOW) summer enrichment program is geared towards high school students who wish to gain first-hand college experience. WOW is a college preparatory program that utilizes workshops and uniquely designed courses to equip students with strong academic and social tools which are essential to gaining future collegiate and career success.