Application Link: 

Application Information: 

  • 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 program and application process by clicking About  ACCESS or calling 662.325.8375

Required Application Materials:

  • Most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Psychological Educational Evaluation (No Older than 3 years From the Application Date) The Psychological Educational Evaluation must include an Intellectual Assessment (IQ) and Academic Achievement Assessment.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Student Resumé
  • High School Transcript
  • Certificate of Completion or High School Diploma
  • Additional Information Questionnaire (Located Within the Application Portal) 
  • Current Photo of Student
  • Conservatorship/Guardianship (If Applicable) 
  • Behavior Intervention Plan Done Within the Last 3 Years(If Applicable) 

Not required but Suggested:

  • Adaptive Behavior Assessment Scores
  • Video About the Applicant With Them Telling the Staff Why They Would Like to Come to ACCESS (This Can be Emailed to

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

Those eligible to apply for admission to ACCESS must have a mild intellectual and/or developmental disability that significantly interferes with their academic performance, social development, and independent living skills. ACCESS graduates receive a Certificate of Completion. Students who are eligible for ACCESS are generally not eligible for admission to a degree program from a college or university.

Desired applicants display the following:

  1. Diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
  2. Preferably between 18 and 26 years of age upon admission to the program
  3. Strong desire to live and work independently
  4. Functional reading and math skills (e.g. demonstrate comprehension of basic text, ability to apply basic math applications such as addition and subtraction, identification, and basic understanding of money, etc.)
  5. Adequate communication skills to interact with others
  6. Understanding of technology and electronic communications (e.g. usage of smartphone, text messaging, emailing, etc.)
  7. Demonstrates independence, motivation, and stability with minor assistance
  8. Handles changes in routine, flexible in fluctuating circumstances
  9. Follows direction and guidance of those in authority
  10. Prior employment or volunteer experience preferable
  11. Independence in handling specialized dietary requirements, medical needs, medication, and hygiene (ACCESS staff will not manage, supervise, or administer medications)
  12. Unified commitment from family to support goals of ACCESS
  13. Navigate a daily routine (read and conceptualize time and dates, independently transition throughout day, etc.)
  14. Ability to self-manage when left unsupervised for an extended period of time
  15. Commitment to a 4-year transition program

Estimated Costs Per Semester:

  • ACCESS Program Fees= $10,000
  • Housing = $2,611-$4,564
  • University Courses (min. of 3 hours/semester) = $409/credit hour
  • Meal Plan = $2,129-$2,293
  • Books = Subject to course requirements

Tuition is subject to change. These estimates are accurate as of July 2023.

Cost of Attendance for Mississippi State University is available at