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Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies
Millersville University
Integrated Studies
McNairy Library
9 N. George Street
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
Program Contact Jan Bechtel
Phone 717-871-5963

Integrated Studies is a 4-year fully inclusive postsecondary initiative for young adults with an intellectual disability who have completed or are near completion of a high school program, and who are currently or were formerly eligible for a free appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our campus community of faculty, staff, coaches, and mentors supports each student as they develop a person-centered plan to guide their journey at Millersville University.

Integrated Studies provides foundational experiences and learning opportunities in four main areas: academic participation, career exploration and employment, personal well-being and social membership/building relationships. Each of these areas contributes to the acquisition of specific independent living skills, in preparation for a post-school transition into a more work-focused environment. The completion requirements include auditing a minimum of four undergraduate courses per semester, as well as a specified number of vocational and other social experiences. Students follow the regular Fall/Spring semester calendar and are assessed based on their individual plans for college participation. Students enrolled in Integrated Studies become fully immersed in the Millersville campus through engaging in academics, career exploration, and building relationships. We strive to create inclusive communities where students feel connected, challenged, and supported while participating in a high quality inclusive post-secondary college experience.

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 24
Deadline to apply to this program: February 20 (after this date, applications accepted on space-available basis)
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 80%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

For the 2019-2020 school year, tuition & fees for 12 credits annually (PA Residents) is $10,600 Room & board is $11,988 annually Link to Tuition & Fees:

Additional costs: $10,730.00

A program fee is charged in addition to tuition, fees and room and board. This is the cost for the 2019-2020 school year.

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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students access typical university courses that are aligned with their career and personal growth goals. Career and Life Studies students engage in a fully inclusive experience with access to all university activities an admitted student might expect.

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Integrated Studies
The credential(s) is/are: Approved by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students graduate with a portfolio demonstrating their liberal arts education.

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: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students join typical student organizations of their choice. Each student averages approximately 2 student organizations.

Last updated: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 16:03