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University of Arkansas
2590 W. Sycamore
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Program Contact Lindsay Broshears
Phone 479.521.3581

Launch is a program for students between the ages of 18 and 25 who want a college experience. They are able to experience many social aspects of the University of Arkansas such as having class on campus, using the gym on campus, eating at the Union and Commons, having University Mentors and Internships. The classes that the students take are focused on continuing education (math, reading, writing, etc.) and independent living skills (budgeting, career exploration, social skills, healthy living, etc).  It is not fully affiliated with the University of Arkansas; partnerships between departments exist.  For additional information, please contact the Program Director.

Public or private: Public
Type of school:

Launch is a 3 year Program, hosted by Life Styles (a 501(c)3) and in partnership with the University of Arkansas.

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 19
Deadline to apply to this program: rolling
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18+
  • Student must meet the State of Arkansas' definition of having an "Intellectual/Developmental Disability" to qualify.
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disability that is appropriate for the program
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 75%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $4,000.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

The Launch program may offer partial, need-based scholarships to students as available.  Students are also welcome to apply for private funding scholarships as available.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take classes that focus on continuing education as well as social skills and independent living skills.  

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


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: Between half and 75% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

During class time, we often have interns and volunteers who work with the Launch students on academics.  Outside of class time, we have peer mentors who do "what typical college students do."  They are encouraged to seek out similar interests, so often can be found at local coffee shops, as exercise partners, or hanging out at a sorority house.  Students often join campus ministries, or find a Registered Student Organization that might fit their hobbies or interests.  As part of our curriculum, we look into what is happening on-campus and in the community so that students can become more engaged, so often they are participating in events sponsored by "University Programs."  These can be anything from an outdoor movie, a heritage festival, an improv group, a free concert, pep rallies and more.  

Last updated: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 12:14