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Community Engagement

McMaster Access Strategy

McMaster’s Access Strategy assists academically qualified students from underrepresented groups in Hamilton and surrounding communities to access university education at the undergraduate level.

We work with students to help navigate the application and admissions process and are here to ensure success through to graduation.


Underrepresented groups often include:

  • Students with parents who did not attend, or complete, post-secondary studies (first-generation university students)
  • Indigenous students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Certain racialized minority students (especially youth with Afro-Canadian and Latin American backgrounds),
  • Students from a low-income family or neighbourhood
  • Adult learners who are new to post-secondary education,
  • Students from rural communities
  • Women (in some faculties)
  • Students who wouldn’t attend post-secondary without additional programs or supports

For more information, please email Celeste at or call 905-525-9140, ext. 21726.

Top right image: Celeste Licorish, Access Program Manager