Project Access is a multi-faceted program designed to nurture and support academically underprepared freshmen by providing them with an opportunity to improve their critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking skills in order to succeed in the academic setting and beyond.
The program begins with a 4-week summer session that serves as a bridge between high school and college. Students are exposed to the fundamentals of:
- How to think, read and write critically
- How to approach their studies
- How to understand the expectations of being part of a college community
- How a liberal arts education serves and benefits a student’s life and career
The cornerstone of the Project Access program is College Reading & Study (SFC 0040) – a free, non-credit course taken in the student’s first semester that develops skills needed to meet the demands of academic writing. SFC 0040 is designed to assist students by developing their:
- Critical thinking skills
- Analytical reading skills
- Expository and narrative writing skills
- Effective time management skills
- Study skills
The cost of books, course materials, and educational field trips are covered for all participants in the program. Students in the program are also equipped with individualized tutoring plans with designated tutors in mathematics, the sciences, and the liberal arts.
The program has a proven track record of providing students with the skills to:
- Achieve and maintain strong GPAs
- Choose and declare majors
- Succeed and graduate from SFC
- Create solid career plans following graduation
St. Francis College is proud to recognize students for their future potential as much as their past accomplishments. To celebrate these accomplishments the College hosts an annual reception for Access students and their parents.