Welcome to the Journal of College Access, a peer-reviewed, academic, open access, online journal with a focus on how students aspire to, gain access to, enroll in and persist in higher education institutions. The Journal is published periodically.

Views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), nor the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success. Copyright in material published in the Journal remains with the author. Reproduction is permitted for educational, non-commercial purposes only, with appropriate referencing.

We welcome submissions from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement.

The Journal was cited by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) as a reason that Western Michigan University received MCAN's Steward Award in 2015.

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AUTHOR INDEX (all published articles)

SUBJECT INDEX (all published articles)

Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2 (2022)

Complete Issue


Complete Issue
Christopher W. Tremblay, Laura Owen, Patrick J. O'Connor PhD, and Diana Camilo



Introductory Pages
Laura Owen, Christopher W. Tremblay, Diana Camilo, and Patrick J. O'Connor PhD



The Impact of Optional: Investigating the Effects of Test-Optional Admissions Policies
Joseph H. Paris, Benjamin Torsney, Sara Fiorot, and Catherine Pressimone Beckowski


The Impact of Academic Aspirations and Career Uncertainty on Students’ College Outcomes
Mary Edwin, Hannah Pulse, Nour Alhiyari, David Salvatierra, Claire Martin, and Rachel Gaglio

Book Review

Guest Perspective


College Access after COVID
Patrick J. O'Connor PhD