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Aggies Elevated

Aggies Elevated
Utah State University
Aggies Elevated
2865 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800
Program Contact Sarah Bodily
Phone 435.797.0688

Aggies Elevated is a program started at Utah State University in the Fall of 2014 designed to make the college experience accessible for students with intellectual disabilities. This program provides a traditional college experience, the chance to learn and live independently, and to work in a field that is suited to the student's interests and abilities. We believe in the principles of inclusion and life-long learning, and that those principles should extend beyond high school for everyone, regardless of disability. \ \ Aggies Elevated students live in on-campus housing right alongside their fellow Utah State Aggies. They have full access to all student activities, clubs, sporting events and other experiences that are part of life on a traditional residential college campus. While the Aggies Elevated program provides them with some coursework, the students are integrated into traditional university classrooms. \ \ These inclusive classroom experiences are crucial to helping each student meet his or her goals. Similar programs around the country have found that the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities into regular classrooms actually enhances the learning experience for all students, that is what is happening at USU.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 11
Description of our summer transition program:

Each summer admitted students are required to read an assigned book as part of the Freshman Common Liturature Experience at USU.  All freshman at the university take a course pre-semester that has this as a requirement. We work with admitted Aggies Elevated students to read the required book, learn the topics needed for class discussions, and write a paper due the first day of the pre-semester week long course. Students are required to meet with AE staff during the summer before their first semester as preparation for this course.

Secondly, all admitted Aggies Elevated students participate in a BASE Camp experience a couple days before the start of classes with Aggies Elevated staff. They are introduced to mentors and other staff, get an orientation to college life, have a little fun canoeing or rock climbing in the canyon, and learn some essential skills to be successful as a college student. These summer transition programs are requried for all admitted students and not available to students that have not been admitted to the program.  

School district or agency partner: NA
Contact person: NA
Deadline to apply to this program: September--Yearly
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
  • Complete the application on the website which includes a Psychological educational evaluation and other documentation of disability.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 39%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $3,587.32
Room and board: $2,820.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Andrea and Gary Powell Aggies Elevated Scholarship: This scholarship is available for admitted aggies elevated students to apply for. Priority goes to students who's parents are teachers or current tax return reports income less than $50,000 per year.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Students have access to a variety of inclusive college courses. Students can take 1000 and 2000 level courses for Audit or Credit. Students are also required to take some Aggies Elevated specific courses that are foundational to the supports they need to be successful.  Those courses include, Self-Determination and Advocacy, Navigating Adulthood, and Career Exploration, etc.  Students meet with the program director and general advising to decide what courses they want to take each semester. 

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students are also required to take some Aggies Elevated specific courses that are foundational to the supports they need to be successful.  Those courses include, Self-Determination and Advocacy, Navigating Adulthood, and Career Exploration, etc.   Each semester students take some form of Career Exploration course Career Exploration 1 & 2, Career Related Social Skills and Internship. They participate in 2-3 semesters of internship and these can be paid or unpaid based on the student's interest. 



Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Integrated College and Community Studies
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 63%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 67%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students in the Aggies Elevated program have access to every social/extracurriculuar activity that traditionally admitted students have on campus. You can follow the link to see the list of clubs availble. 

Our students attend sporting events, social activities, debates, comedians, art festivals and many other activities throughout the school year. 

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:07