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Purdue University Global
28 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 4106
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Program Contact Bill Hughes
Phone 207.774.6278

STRIVE U is a two year residential-based program that provides post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity

Public or private: Private
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: 14
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 44%
Retention rate: 86%
Tuition amount: $13,667.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Scholarships available:

We have a small number of scholarships available.

Please note the cost listed above are for in-state students. Out of state cost is $65,013

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

There are four courses that students take in the two year program supportive to employment outcomes. These are college courses. They also take four classes that have been designed for the program supporting independent living skills.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: 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: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 65%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

All students belong to the YMCA. Students volunteer in various location throughout the year. Students schedule a group social event each Saturday as well as having access to STRIVE night each Friday night.

Last updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:09