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Sooner Works

Sooner Works
University of Oklahoma
Sooner Works
338 Cate Center Drive, Room 160
Norman, OK 73019
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Program Contact Mindy Lingo
Phone 405-325-8951

The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Works is a comprehensive integrated program for students with an intellectual or developmental disability who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus. The program is a four-year certificate program offering a college experience to prepare participants for competitive employment and independent living through a combination of coursework and career exploration. Sooner Works students live on campus and take traditional university courses in conjunction with courses specific to Sooner Works. In addition, students will participate in internship and social organizations on the beautiful University of Oklahoma campus.

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: 10
Deadline to apply to this program: Feb 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 25%
Cost of the program:

*Tuition: $7,000 (in-state) and $14,000 (out-of-state) *Room and Board: $16,000 (includes meal plan) Program Specific Fees: $8,000 Total Costs: $31,000 (in-state) and $38,000 (out-of-state) * These prices are estimates of actual costs - The University of Oklahoma's academic tuition, housing, and meal plan fees are subject to change annually.

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)
  • 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 enroll in predetermined college courses and receive individual modifications as necessary, and are graded as pass/no pass. Students may take courses for credit if they meet all other university requirements.  

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Sooner Works students attend classes within the program structure devoted to social skills, independent living, self-advocacy, and disability awareness. Sooner Works classes are taught by instructors with special education teaching certificates and graduate student instructors.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Integrated Community Studies Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 34%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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:

Students have joined campus organizations and clubs including Student Activity Council, on-campus fraternity and sorority, religious organizations, and music clubs.

Last updated: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 09:54