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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 Wendy Fagan
Phone (724) 738-2791

​​​​​The Rock Life Program is a two- to four-year non-degree seeking postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Students will enroll (audit or credit) for approximately six credits per semester for four to eight consecutive semesters. Support services for education, job-training (on and off-campus), independent living, and health promotion (physical activity and nutrition) are provided by experienced undergraduate and graduate career coaches (mentors) as well as program coordinators.

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
Description of our summer transition program: Partnering with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Rock Life will offer a two week Summer Academy for high school students interested in pursuing post-secondary education. The program is open to students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Deadline to apply to this program: January 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • Psychological Evaluation, high school transcript, most recent IEP 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: A student taking 6 credits can expect to pay approximately $17,327 per academic year. This includes tuition, academic fees, program fees, room, and board.
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
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:

Students are placed in fully-inclusive classes.

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Endorsement in Rock Life Program
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Option to live in the Rock Life Living Learning Community or other dorms if desired.
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:

Outdoor and Recreation Club, Club Tennis Team, Best Buddies, WSRU (University TV/Radio Station), Gamers Guild, Writing Club, Gospel Group, Geek Life, Intramural Soccer, Unified Fitness, Aquaponics

Last updated: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 16:17