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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 Program website

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 with opportunities to develop and grow their academic, social, employment, and self-determination skills.

Program information submitted: January 12, 2023

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: 3
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: November 15 (Early Action), February 1 (Regular Decision), April 1(Rolling Admission, if space allows)
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
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 75.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Our first class of students enrolled in fall of 2022.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $32920.00
Program fees: $8000.00
Additional costs: $0.00

Students are also responsible for relevant undergraduate fees (e.g. lab fee, orientation fee, student activity fee, etc.), depending on their enrolled courses and class year.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Students are encouraged to apply for third-party scholarships (e.g. DREAM Partnership, Ruby's Rainbow, etc.).

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

Students take 17 General Education Program (GEP) classes that are required of all undergraduate SJU students; subjects include English, Religion, Art/Music/Theater, History, Philosophy, Science, Math, and non-native language. Students also take 7-10 "core" elective courses which relate to their personal and professional interests; examples include Food Marketing, Photography, and Health and Wellness.

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: Certificate of Integrated Professional Studies
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
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 33%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students complete work-based learning (e.g. unpaid internships or paid jobs) on-campus each spring. Students can elect to complete work-based learning in the fall semesters starting their sophomore year. During the senior year, students complete an off-campus paid job as a senior capstone requirement.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on 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
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation