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Applications open October 1, 2022

  • Click here to apply to ACCESS
  • ACCESS  requires an application and interview process for admission.
  • Our application window runs annually from October 1-December 1 for admission for the following fall semester
  • Completed applications received during the application window are reviewed and a select number of applicants are invited to campus for a full-day interview. After interviews conclude, students are notified if they have been accepted for admission into the program
  • A $40 application fee is required
  • All required documents to complete the application process need to be uploaded to the application portal by December 1st
  • Please do NOT apply to ACCESS at (only apply through the link provided on the first bullet listed above) 
  • You can find more information about the on-campus program and application process by clicking About  ACCESS or calling 662.325.8375

Thank you for your interest in ACCESS at Mississippi State University! 

Click to view our recorded ACCESS Preview Day to get more detailed information about ACCESS and to hear from our staff and students!

The following must be submitted as part of the application process through the portal:  

  1. MSU ACCESS Online Application (This will be available during the application timeframe.) 

  1. $40 non-refundable MSU registration fee 

  1. High School Transcript (when available) 

  1. A Current photograph of the applicant  

  1. Applicant’s resume (include all employment, volunteer, and Vocational Rehabilitation experiences) 

  2. Two Recommendation Forms-- ACCESS requires an Educator Recommendation Form and an Employer Recommendation Form.  (Please read the following instructions carefully.) 

    • While completing the online application, it will ask you for the name and email address of the person you would like the following forms to be sent to

    • Educator Recommendation Form– Must be completed and submitted by the applicant’s current or most recent IEP case manager. 

    • Employer Recommendation Form – Must be completed and submitted by the applicant’s current or most recent supervisor (An employer or volunteer supervisor may complete the form). 

    • If the applicant is unable to submit one of the Recommendation Forms due to circumstances, please complete two of the same Recommendation Forms. (Ex. 1: An applicant is a senior and has no work or volunteer experience. This applicant will need to submit two Educator Recommendation Forms. Ex. 2: An applicant graduated high school five years ago. This applicant will need to submit two Employer Recommendation Forms.) 

    • It is preferable that the individual completing the Recommendation Form has worked with the applicant within the past two years. 

    • Recommendation Forms must be submitted to ACCESS through the application portal. Letters submitted to ACCESS directly by the applicant will not be accepted. 

    •  Letters may not be completed by immediate family members. 

  3. Psychological-Educational Evaluation (Please read the following requirements carefully.) 

    • Evaluations must have been conducted 3 years prior to the start of the application window 

    • IMPORTANT: IEP Reevaluation will only be accepted if cognitive and academic assessments are conducted within 3 years prior to the start of the annual application window. Record Reviews that contain assessments outside of the 3-year window will not be accepted. 

    • Required: standardized IQ score (WISC/WAIS, WJ, etc.) and standardized achievement assessments (WIAT, WJ, etc.) 

    • Recommended: standardized adaptive assessments (ABAS, Vineland, etc.) ; standardized social/emotional assessment (BASC, Conners, etc.) 

  4. Most recent IEP in its entirety 

  5. Applicable related service assessments (Speech, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Assistive Technology, etc.) 

  1. Behavioral Intervention Plan, if applicable 

  1. Copy of Conservatorship/Guardianship Agreement, if applicable 

The following item is OPTIONAL: 

  1. Introduction Video (optional) 

    • Suggestions for Introduction Video: 

      • Student can appear in and narrate an introduction video 

      • Parent or guardian may assist but the video must primarily feature the student applicant 

      • The maximum length at 3 minutes 

      • Please provide the following information in your video: 

      • Introduction of you and your family 

      • Where you are from 

      • What you like to do for fun  

      • Why you are interested in becoming an ACCESS student 

      • What your dream job is and why you would like that job 

      • Any additional information that you would like to share that will help us know you better  

      • Please email the video to  (If file is too large to email, you can upload your video to a video-sharing platform such as YouTube.  Once you have uploaded your video to your chosen platform, please email the video link to Questions about how to use YouTube? Watch this video: How to Upload Videos on YouTube à  

Please reach out with any questions about any of the required or suggested items at or by calling the ACCESS Office at 662-325-8375.


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