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Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies
Gwynedd Mercy University
Integrated Studies
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Program Contact Ariana Amaya
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Gwynedd Mercy University is a small (2,000 undergraduates), private, Catholic (Sisters of Mercy) university in suburban, southeastern PA (35 minutes from Philadelphia). Integrated Studies is a fully inclusive, 2-year or 4-year non-degree certificate, providing students the opportunity to audit 3-4 university classes per semester, complete individualized-community or campus-based internships (unique opportunities each semester), and participate in various social and campus organizations and activities. Students will participate in co-curricular activities to gain independent living skills, healthy living skills and communication/vocational skills through workshops that are co-sponsored by Integrated Studies staff and staff from the following departments for example: Office of Residential Life, Campus Organizations and Student Leadership, New Student Orientation, Office of Career Development etc. Students will have peer mentors, academic coaches and job coaches as needed to provide supports. Students have the option to live in residence halls in an inclusive housing option with RAs who have received additional training regarding strategies to promote safety and success. Integrated Studies recruits peer mentors from the Occupational Therapy, Education, and Social Work departments on campus. This program is coordinated by Occupational Therapists and Counselors, and emphasizes person-centered, holistic supports and contextual learning for any student that is motivated to go to college.

Program information submitted: April 20, 2022

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: 11
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
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:
  • 2 years
  • 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 27.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 91.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $15552.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $15552.00
Room and board: $13500.00
Program fees: $10000.00
Additional costs:
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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
More about course access: Students may enroll in any course listed in the course catalog, as long as they have completed any required pre-requisites.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Integrated Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 45%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation