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Evening & Online Adult Studies

Flexible, affordable, and accommodating, the ACCESS program can help make your educational dreams a reality. Successfully earn or finish your bachelor’s degree or certificate at the pace, location, and times you choose.

Designed for adult learners like you, the admissions requirements are minimal and applying is easy.

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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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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 Evening & Online 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.
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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.

Virtual One-on-One Visits

Email access@desales.edu to set up your one-on-one virtual meeting with one of our friendly advisors.  Your advisor will contact you to schedule a date and send you a Zoom online conference invitation. 

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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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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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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!
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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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The Family that Studies Together: Mother and Son Graduate the Same Day

by Janelle Hill Nov 26, 2019
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Vilma Almanza ’19 is living proof that anything is possible. Just ask her kids. 

“She’s ambitious, courageous, determined. If she wants something, she will strive for it,” says Almanza’s daughter, Emily. 

The Brooklyn native turned Lehigh Valley transplant had a humble upbringing, raised by hardworking parents who immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua. She had always wanted to go to college, but those plans took a detour once she became a mother.

“I started my family when I was very young and that took precedence over everything,” Almanza says.

Her family had settled in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but the slower pace and open space of the Lehigh Valley appealed to them, and they eventually relocated.

Almanza enrolled in classes at DeSales soon after but with work and family commitments, she was forced to put her education on the back burner once again. In 2016, with her youngest in high school, the time was finally right to pursue her degree. She toured all of the colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley, but deep down she knew DeSales was the right fit.  

“I love what DeSales stands for and the small, Catholic environment. I knew I would end up here.”

What she didn’t know was that she would soon end up working on campus. A month after enrolling in classes, she applied and accepted a position as secretary for the financial aid department. She views her main responsibility as meeting the needs of both parents and students.

“We’re dealing with two of the most important things in a parent’s life: children and finances. I like to treat them the way I would expect my child or myself to be treated. It sets the tone for what the University stands for.”

Almanza continued taking classes for the next three years, chipping away at a bachelor’s degree in business administration. During that time, her son, Andrew, enrolled in DeSales’ MBA program while Emily was in high school—making all three students at the same time.

“It was quite interesting,” Almanza says with a laugh. “All we could see in the house were textbooks and laptops. Our conversations for the past three years have been nothing but school, which makes everything relatable.”

In May, Almanza’s drive and determination finally paid off. With her family in the crowd cheering her on, she crossed the stage on graduation day to receive her diploma. Making the moment even more special—Andrew crossed that same stage just minutes earlier to receive his MBA and was waiting for his mother with open arms. 

“I really can’t find the words to describe the amount of pride that I have to know that I was there with her and she was there with me,” he says. “It just showed me that no matter how long it takes, anything that you want is possible.”

Perhaps the proudest of them all was Almanza’s mother, who came to the U.S. at the age of 21 to give her family a better life. For years, she had encouraged her daughter to enroll in classes—something she herself was never able to do.

“Walking across that stage meant more to her because it was her eldest being able to accomplish what she had always hoped would happen one day,” Almanza says. 

In August, the family began yet another chapter at DeSales when Emily started her freshman year as a nursing student. But their DeSales story might not end there. Almanza is considering a return to the classroom—this time, as an MBA student.

“I’m a firm believer that things just don’t happen, they’re meant to happen,” she says. “When I was able to get the job here, everything fell into place. Every day I drive in, my heart skips a beat. It’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude and of feeling blessed.”