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Colorado State University Access Center

  • Colorado State University Access Center
  • 304 Student Services Building
  • Fort Collins, CO 80523
  • 970-352-3235
  • 1989

Program Description

The Access Center at Colorado State University provides educational access to underrepresented populations (first generation, low-income, ethnically and racially diverse and non-traditionally aged) through quality services and programs. This mission is most important because of the influence it has on its participants and their lives.

The Access Center is made up of five federally funded Trio Programs (Upward Bound 1 and 2, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center and Priority 1 Training Grant) and five university-funded programs (ReachOut, Alliance Partnership, Community for Excellence Partnership engagement, Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session and the Bridge Scholars Program).

Consistent with Colorado State University's land grant mission to make education accessible to all persons and groups, the Access Center develops the talents of those who have been historically underrepresented in postsecondary education (first generation, low-income, ethnically and racially diverse, and non-traditionally aged). By utilizing effective practices, we provide quality services to communities, individuals and institutions resulting in student success and exemplary programs guided by an ethic of community and project accountability.

Services Provided

  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 25% and 50%