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Rock Life

Rock Life
Slippery Rock University of PA
Rock Life
Morrow Field House
Room 128 MFH
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
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Program Contact Zachary Baynham
Phone (724) 738-4739

​​​​​The Rock Life Program is a two to six year non-degree seeking postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which includes Autism Spectrum Disorder. Program length is dependent upon the student's individual goals and can be longer if necessary. 

Rock Life focuses on four main pillars: Academics, Vocational, Physical Activity and Social. Support is provided by undergraduate students hired as "College Coaches." College Coaches work one on one for approximately 10 hours per week with the Rock Life students.

Students enroll in inclusive courses either for audit or for credit and take approximately two classes per semester. Students start working by their second year in the program and are hired at both on and off campus job site locations.

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: 12
School district or agency partner: N/A
Contact person: N/A
Deadline to apply to this program: January 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 26
  • Most Current IEP and any Post-Secondary Program records Psychological-Educational or Neuropsychological Evaluation

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 33%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

Tuition (in-state): cost $322 per credit, a student taking 6 credits (two classes) would pay $966 in tuition. Academics Fees: cost $115.23 per credit, a student taking 6 credits (two classes) would pay $691.38 in fees. Room and Board: cost approximately $5,226 for a room and meal plan, prices vary depending on room and meal plan. Program Fee: On-Campus students pay $2,500 per semester and Commuting students pay $1,000 per semester.

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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

<p>DREAM Scholarships</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

<p>Students take fully inclusive classes offered by the university. Classes are chosen based on students' interests and goals.</p>

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 83%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Option to live in the Rock Life Living Learning Community with both other Rock Life students and traditional peers.

Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>Students have the opportunity to attend a variety of inclusive social programs put on by College Coaches as well as the opportunity to attend any SRU sponsored event. Rock Life specifically leads a biweekly bowling league and biweekly cooking classes that are open to all university students. Rock Life places a focus on weekend activities and ensures that there is a minimum of one social or extracurricular activity offered every weekend.</p>

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:54