Mission Statement

The Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement empowers scholars to apply skills of their lived experiences and engage in academic and career development to achieve success during their undergraduate years at Ithaca College.

Team Culture Statement

We care about our students and their aspirations, so we put them at the center of all we do, working as a team to serve their best interests and foster their success.

We are committed to an equity framework, inclusive of honesty, transparency, accountability, respect and integrity.

We create an environment of encouragement and compassion, where we recognize the collective value of all team members' contributions and pursue opportunities for growth.


  • Community
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Authenticity


Advance the scholarly and professional achievement of our community through multiplying opportunities for success and personalized support, resulting in a model for excellence and equity.


Through the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement at Ithaca College, the mission of HEOP is to provide a comprehensive menu of support services to pre-freshmen, opportunity program transfer students, and continuing IC students who, because of both academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend Ithaca College.  Support services continue until graduation.


Through the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement at Ithaca College, the mission of CSTEP and C-STEM is to increase the number of historically underrepresented IC students who are pursuing health-related careers, licensed professions, and/or expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, by providing a comprehensive menu of support services, up to and beyond graduation.


The overall mission of the NSF LSAMP program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).