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Integrated Professional Studies
Widener University
Integrated Professional Studies
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
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Widener University is in its third year of its Inclusive Postsecondary Education Initiative. Students with intellectual disabilities enroll in academic courses, participate in clubs on campus, and gain career experience through internships. Students enroll in two to three 100-level courses with their non-disabled peers each semester. Some of these courses have a service learning component which provides the class the opportunity to be of service to individuals and local agencies. They are also enrolled in a Freshman Seminar course where the career development component of the program begins with resume building and presentations by Career Services. Students have access to all the resources on campus and are additionally matched with undergraduate peer mentors to support them socially and academically.

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: 3
Description of our summer transition program:

Students currently attend Freshman orientation events alongside their same age peers.

Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program:

Tuition costs around $7500 a semester

Additional costs: $200.00

Technology fees Activity fees

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
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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 access to any 100 and 200 level undergraduate course.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have participated in service learning opportunities in the city of Chester including, the Salvation Army and Chester Senior Center. They attend club meetings with peer mentors and attend sporting events.

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:52