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Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge
Edgewood College
Cutting Edge
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
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Phone 608-663-6869

THE CUTTING EDGE™ PROGRAM at Edgewood College was piloted in 2007, making us the first four-year college in Wisconsin to offer a fully inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then, the program has continued to grow and offers individualized wrap-around services to support students in academics, student housing, social experiences, and practicums/internships. We currently support 23 students per academic year. Due to the success of the program and overwhelming support, we have now expanded and are offering two additional programs: the Pre-College and the Alumni Program. As part of Edgewood College’s Dominican tradition, students learn the values of justice, compassion, truth, community, and partnership. Through these values, students are given the opportunity to experience civic engagement both on campus and in the Madison community.

Every Fall and Spring semester the Cutting Edge Program holds an Open House 

2020 Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program




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: 20
Description of our summer transition program: This program is for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 16 to 21 years old, and have a desire to go to college in the future. This program serves all students with disabilities, regardless of their levels of needed supports, and serves a range of abilities. This one-week summer program is designed to provide exposure through a fully inclusive week-long immersion on our campus. The program will allow high school students with various abilities to get acquainted with living on a college campus, college student expectations, and test their self-management skills. During this week-long program, students attend sessions, eat meals on campus, explore the community, stay in Residence Halls, and build connections with peers, staff, and faculty. This week-long program accepts up to 15 participants (per week) and is a “Parent-Free Zone.”
Deadline to apply to this program: Apply 1 year prior to desired admission
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • At least 18 years old
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy, Medically Fragile, Visual Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Hearing Impairments, Physical Disabilities
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 17%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

Because the Cutting-Edge program offers a variety of services, there is no one-fixed cost. The students pay the same tuition rates as undergraduate tuition, but that will vary depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Students pay $5,000 to $12,000 a semester. The length of the program varies with each student, but students choose to stay 4 years and understand that it may take longer if they are working towards a degree. 

The students have a choice of resident halls on campus that will vary in price for room and board. The cost of room and board ranges from $3,000-$5,000 a semester. There are also off campus housing options for students as well. Students pay a resident-hall peer mentor fee for supports when residing on campus.


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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Cutting-Edge students can apply for a housing scholarship each 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 all of the courses in the college timetable. 

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

First-Year students: ED 90 Cutting-Edge Resource Seminar (3 cr), ED 91 Safety in the Community (2 cr), and ED92 Friends and Dating in a Diverse World (2 cr). After completion of the first year, students continue to take ED 90 Cutting-Edge Resource Seminar or IC112 College Success



Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Para-Professional Educator Certificate, 21st Century Employment Skills, Certificate of Completion, Bachelors Degree
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Last updated: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 15:19