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Bridge Program

Bridge Program
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bridge Program
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
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Program Contact Samantha Viscovich
Email bridge@mountsaintvincent.edu
Phone 718-405-3241
Website Program website

The Bridge Program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers students with various learning abilities and styles a unique, immersive college experience, combining community and campus inclusion with rich engagement in academics, career preparation, and student life. At the College, the Bridge Program is expanded to encompass not only vocational preparation but also campus and community inclusion, and opportunities for participation in campus life for every student, among the traditional college population.

The Bridge Program curriculum seeks to foster students’ self-advocacy, career exploration, social skills, and academic engagement, through participation in traditional college-level courses, the Bridge Program community classes, diverse internship experiences, experiential learning opportunities, and inclusive residential student life. The Bridge Program prepares students for successful post-graduate lives with a focused outcome on independent living and self advocacy skills.

Program information submitted: March 24, 2022

General
Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 21
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling basis
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-24 years old
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 36.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 86.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $40420.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $40420.00
Annual room and board: $14380.00
Annual program fees: $15000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: No scholarships available at the moment.
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access: All Bridge students are encouraged to enroll in at least one college-level course for credit or audit per semester. Students have taken college-level courses in the following subject areas: Psychology, Biology, Fine Arts, Business, Communication, Sociology, English, and Mathematics. Currently, 88% of Bridge students take college-level classes for audit, 11% take college-level classes for credit.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Information on special classes: Our community classes are created and taught specifically by Bridge program but are open to all college students at CMSV. These classes are focused on cultivating and strengthening the following skills: social, independent living, financial literacy and employment skills.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 1-24%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Career and Community Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience Our students participate in various unpaid internships on and off campus while taking classes at the Mount and engaging in social activities. We have placed students in internships in the following fields: retail, nonprofit, office/administrative, fitness center, maintenance and pet grooming facilities.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events