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What is College Access?

The Scott/Ross Center at Simmons College is devoted to ensuring that students, faculty, community partners and the larger community have the resources that they need to develop and strengthen programming around college access and success. Please visit our office in MCB W-102 for resources on college access, or contact us at (617) 521-2700 or

College access refers to a student's ability to enter higher education, and focuses on students who otherwise would not have been able to attend, due to financial, social or academic obstacles. College access programs also explore and define differences between college-eligible and college-ready students. College-eligible refers to students who have completed minimum requirements for college entrance; college-ready refers to students who are ready to successfully undertake entry-level college courses. (Source: Conley, D. T., (2005) College knowledge: What it really takes for students to succeed and what we can do to get them ready. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass)