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Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies
Gwynedd Mercy University
Integrated Studies
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Program Contact Ariana Amaya
Phone 215-646-7300 Ext. 21408
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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 emphasizes person-centered, holistic supports and contextual learning for any student that is motivated to go to college.

Program information submitted: March 15, 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: 7
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 31, 2021
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 30.00%
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 $16120.00
Room and board: $12000.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • 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 may take any course listed in the course catalog for audit. Up to 9 credits (3 classes) may be taken for credit.
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: Certificate of Integrated Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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: Intramural sports, Best Buddies, Student Government Association, Campus Ministry, Education Outreach Club, Voices of Gwynedd, Student Activities Council, Disability Pride Club