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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
Website Opportunity Orange Scholars website

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: February 17, 2022

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
This program will be serving students in: 2022-2023
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. 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
  • Have a primary or secondary diagnosis of intellectual disability; Display a desire to continue educational, employment and campus life experiences through postsecondary education in the Opportunity Orange Scholars Program at Oklahoma State University; Desire to learn and participate in inclusive classroom and work settings; Express interest in living and working as independently as possible in their community after completing the program with support from families or caregivers; Demonstrate basic safety and social skills; Have sufficient emotional and independent living skills (with support) necessary to participate in coursework and campus life; Be independent in all daily hygiene activities and be able to self-manage and administer all medications on their own; Follow a schedule and navigate campus with minimal support; Communicate wants, desires and needs

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
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
Scholarships available:

The estimated cost for one academic year for Opportunity Orange Scholars is approximately $26,000-30,000, which is comparable to costs for other degree-seeking students at OSU. This would include room and board, program and university fees, and a campus meal plan. We are working on various aspects of financial aid and do hope to provide at least some financial support for students via scholarships, but the total amount for those 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 entry-level 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 entry-level elective courses from OSU each semester. OOS program courses will focus on successful transitioning to college student life, independent living, employment and career planning, interpersonal relationships and social engagement, and topics related to disability awareness, inclusion, and self-determination.

Briefly describe remote learning at your program OOS is a residential, in-person program located on the OSU-Stillwater campus. All classes will be taken in-person with the exception of potential virtual elective course options or other university-wide procedures (e.g., changes to class formats due to COVID-19). Virtual courses will be selected on...
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 IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
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