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Evening & Online Adult Studies

Don’t put off your dream of completing an undergraduate degree or propelling your career forward with a certificate. ACCESS is designed for students like you.

Criteria for ACCESS

You are welcome to apply to the ACCESS program if you meet one of the following criteria. (Additional documentation may be required to determine eligibility.) 

  • Has a fulltime career and/or other significant non-academic responsibilities (e.g., being self-supporting, having financial dependents) 
  • Has been out of high school for 5+ years 
  • Is a veteran or active duty service member 
  • Is pursuing post-baccalaureate studies (e.g., certificate, second degree)

ACCESS Majors & Programs of Study

With both online and traditional classroom programs, DeSales offers flexible options for adult learners and a variety of dynamic academic programs. You'll be well prepared for a career when you graduate. What are you waiting for?
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Flex Classes: In Class or Online

Flex classes are designed for students who enjoy the experience of live-time, instructor-led classes but can't always physically get to campus. 

Courses are offered in Center Valley with students being able to participate synchronously from anywhere in the world via the internet.

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Year at a Glance — Plan Your Schedule!

We know you're busy — that's why we post our course schedule for the entire academic year. See when the courses you need are running, so you can better plan your workload and degree completion plan.
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ACCESS Admissions & Aid

The ACCESS program is designed for adult learners like you. We want to make it easy for you to continue your education—or to start a new degree or certificate program. All we require for admission are a high school diploma or GED and the desire to learn.

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How to Apply
We make the process easy, and our admission team will help you along the way.
Transfer Credit
We’re happy to review your prior college courses and help you gain credit for work experiences and trainings.
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Attend an Information Session
We would love to meet you! Join us for an information session at one of our convenient locations.
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Tuition & Fees
Our tuition rates for ACCESS courses are significantly lower than for traditional day classes.
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Financial Aid & Scholarships
You may be eligible for Federal grants and loans, and DeSales has two scholarship programs earmarked for ACCESS students.
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Billing & Payment
We can offer a monthly payment plan option to help you pay for all or part of your college expenses.

Why Choose DeSales ACCESS?

You'll be academically satisfied

95% Satisfied
More than 9 out of 10 our adult students rate the overall quality of their academic program as good or excellent.

You'll be prepared to succeed

98% Employed
Almost all of our grads are employed. And, nearly three out four are working in a field related to their degree!

You'll be in good company

4,000+ Strong
Thousands of busy adults have earned a bachelor's degree or certificate in our award-winning adult program.

You'll build up your resume

Top 10 Skills
Proficiencies documented by our grads are among the top skills employers look for when hiring.

For Those Who Serve

We proudly welcome military personnel and veterans to our programs and campus. Our staff can help you access your education benefits, and DeSales provides many services and resources to support you while you are here.
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Tammy Warner
DeSales gave me the unique opportunity to go to school full time at night and apply everything I was learning directly to my daytime job ... The value is clear and explains why ACCESS has been making a difference in the lives of students for over 40 years!
Tammy Warner Head, IT Transformation at Celgene
Online Classes

Flexibility without Compromising Quality

Every bit as personal as our on-campus courses, online classes at DeSales are designed to be flexible enough to help maintain your work-life-study balance.
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ACCESS Student Christine Stephens, Criminal Justice Major, Wins Memorial Foundation Scholarship Award

by David Oblas Dec 14, 2018
Christine Stephens Access Student

“The DeSales University ACCESS Program has been crucial in allowing me to continue my studies to pursue my dream of earning my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, while working full time and raising my children,” shared Christine Stephens, recipient of the 2018 Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Foundation Scholarship Award.

“I have been working towards my degree for many years, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the great faculty and staff at DeSales University. The professors truly care about the success of their students and have assisted me every step of my college education journey.”

Stephens is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society, DeSales Lambda Eta Chapter, and is a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is currently employed as a security officer with the Allentown School District, and was formerly employed with the city of Allentown for 17 years.

“Upon graduation, I hope to obtain a position within the criminal justice field serving the public, and my DeSales University degree is vital in obtaining my career goals. Attending school full time, pursuing my goal and dream of having my degree is something I am extremely proud of; I am very honored and thankful to receive an award in memory of Officer David M. Petzold.”

A major criteria for this scholarship is to have a record of service to the community. Stephens’ commitment to community service has been recognized often, as she has letters and certificates of appreciation from Old Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association; Faith Church; Pa. State Dog Warden; Community Services for Children; and the community of Hogar Crea, Allentown, Pa. She has also obtained a “Worksite of the Year” award from the Lehigh County Juvenile Probation’s Community Service Program, and a “PA Waste Watcher Award for Recognition for Outstanding Achievement” on behalf of Allentown Recycling.

The Officer David M. Petzold Scholarship is awarded annually to a current ACCESS student who is a criminal justice major, and is in good academic standing. The recipient must also work in law enforcement and have a record of service to the community. The David M. Petzold Scholarship was established in memory of Officer David M. Petzold, who was killed in the line of duty on November 9, 2006. Officer Petzold was an alumnus of the DeSales University ACCESS criminal justice program.