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Pathways to Authentic College Experiences (PACE)

Pathways to Authentic College Experiences (PACE)
Saint Joseph's University
Pathways to Authentic College Experiences (PACE)
5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Program Contact Kaitlyn Martin
Program Contact Email
Phone 610-660-2948
Website Pathways to Authentic College Experiences (PACE)

Saint Joseph University’s Pathways to Authentic College Experiences (PACE) program is a four-year certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. The program offers Saint Joseph’s students an inclusive and supportive college experience, culminating in an Integrated Professional Studies certificate from the University. SJU students enrolled in PACE will participate in SJU classes, work-based learning activities, and campus social activities. Students will be supported by PACE program staff and trained SJU peer coaches (i.e. academic, social, and employment).

Program information submitted: April 21, 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: 0
This program will BEGIN serving students in: 2022-2023
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: N/A - Rolling Admission
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 17 - 25
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:

N/A because our first class of students will be enrolled in Fall 2022.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $30000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $30000.00
Room and board: $9000.00
Program fees: $8000.00
Additional costs: $0.00

Dining plan costs are additional. Student fees will also apply, depending upon class year and course enrollments (e.g. freshman orientation fees, science lab fees, etc.).

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
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
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Students are encouraged to apply for the DREAM Partnership scholarship and other private scholarships for students with disabilities (e.g. Ruby's Rainbow).

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

We did not have any students enroll in 2020-2021 because we will be launching in Fall 2022. However, all students will take 3-4 SJU classes per semester; students will take 17 GEP courses and 7-10 core courses (electives that are aligned with their interests and goals) over the course of the program.

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: Integrated Professional Studies Certificate
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
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students participate in work-based learning on-campus each year of the program. During the spring semester of senior year, students complete an off-campus paid capstone experience.

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
  • Inclusive off campus
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
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation