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Rock Life
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Rock Life
Morrow Field House
Room 128
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
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Program Contact Natalie Burick
Program Contact Email natalie.burick@sru.edu
Phone (724) 738-4739
Website Program website

​​​​​The Rock Life Program is a two-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.

Program information submitted: March 29, 2022

General
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: 19
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: January 1
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Rock Life will typically bring in cohorts of students of about 5 each semester. This may cause a variance in acceptance rate depending on number of applicants each year.

Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2623.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $4615.00
Room and board: $5250.00
Program fees: $3000.00
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
Academic
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:

All courses taken at Slippery Rock University are inclusive courses.

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: Award of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Students can transfer to degree seeking at the university if interested and capable.

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
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students working during the 2020-2021 academic year were doing so while at home when the Rock Life Program was fully virtual due to COVID-19.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation