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Opportunity Orange Scholars

Opportunity Orange Scholars
Oklahoma State University
Opportunity Orange Scholars
018 Nancy Randolph Davis
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
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Program Contact Liz Thomas Assistant Project Coordinator
Program Contact Email
Phone 4057448298
Website Program website
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Located on the Stillwater campus, Opportunity Orange Scholars (OOS) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) provides a unique, inclusive academic program for students with intellectual disability. With the aim of producing self-determined graduates, the full-time program challenges and supports students' personal and professional development as they live, learn, work and play on the OSU campus. Housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Education and Human Sciences, the two-year (four-semester) academic program provides learning opportunities and individualized supports across four program areas: 1) academic coursework, 2) on-campus living, 3) campus and community engagement, and 4) on- and off-campus employment. Graduates of the program earn a university-recognized certificate in Career and Community Studies as reflected on an official OSU Transcript.

Program information submitted: January 31, 2023

Public or private: Public
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: 5
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: See program website
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
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Data unavailable at this time as Opportunity Orange Scholars is in it's first year.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $28000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $28000.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Opportunity Orange Scholars offers program-specific scholarships upon acceptance into the program. Scholarship amounts have not been determined at this time.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Students will enroll and attend classes in specific OOS program courses as well as elective courses from OSU each semester. Elective courses will be selected on an individual-basis and determined by students based on interest and individualized career goals.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students will enroll and attend classes in specific OOS program courses as well as elective courses from OSU each semester. OOS program courses will focus on successful transitioning to college student life, interdependent living, employment and career planning, interpersonal relationships and social engagement, and topics related to disability awareness, inclusion, and self-determination.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
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 in Career and Community Studies with the option for an additional, non-degree advanced Certificate in Community Living and Engagement
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: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
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
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation