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Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Program Contact Dr. Alia Pustorino-Clevenger
Phone 412-396-6696
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Compass is a fully inclusive post-secondary collegian program. Compass is a four year certificate program for students who are enthusiastic about the opportunity to pursue curricular, vocational, and social opportunities at college as a means in which to develop independence and future careers. Students benefit from participating in a program situated in an urban environment to promote social inclusion and greater internship and career opportunities as well as the robust social offerings of the Pittsburgh community.

Program information submitted: March 9, 2021

Public or private: Private
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: 3
Summer program name Compass Program Orientation
Description of our summer transition program:

Compass students are invited to attend Compass Orientation in advance of traditional first-year Orientation to complete Person-Centered Planning, academic registration, other paperwork completion and acclimate to campus.

Summer program link: Compass Program Orientation
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: Currently Rolling
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $17304.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $17304.00
Room and board: $14144.00
Additional costs:

A program fee, to be determined will be forthcoming for upcoming cohorts.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Student in Compass have the opportunity to engage in applications for Pennsylvania based scholarships.

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

Students have the opportunity to audit undergraduate courses offered at the university. All courses are selected by students in consultation with Compass program and will align with person-centered plan and/or personal interests and goals.

Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Compass certificate
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

All Compass students have internships built into curricula starting after 1st semester and are also encouraged to hold part time employment, as desired.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Swim Club Red Masquers (theater group) Best Buddies Special Olympics Tabletop Club Duquesne Program Council (weekly activities) Power Center (campus gym hosts individualized fitness and group sessions) Duquesne University Volunteers Ecology Club Duquesne Athletics (spectatorship)