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The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition at UNF

The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition at UNF
University of North Florida
The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition at UNF
1 UNF Drive
Building 57, Room 2800
Jacksonville, FL 32224
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Program Contact Sandy Jenkin
Phone 904.620.3892

Program Description: The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition at the University of North Florida (UNF) offers students with intellectual disabilities a two- or four-year inclusive college experience. In 2007, The Arc Jacksonville and UNF partnered to create this innovative program, to provide young adults with intellectual/developmental differences the unique opportunity of having an authentic college experience while receiving transition services. The OCT is a private school that serves students ages 18 and up, who have completed high school course work, within an inclusive and integrated environment. Students participate in all aspects of college life by engaging in the following: auditing UNF courses, joining campus organizations and clubs, and participating in recreational/leisure activities that are enjoyed by all UNF students. Students also have the opportunity to live within the community (off-campus student housing) and in Osprey Fountains, University of North Florida's newest residence hall.

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: 30
Description of our summer transition program:

LIFE, (Living Independently Finding Enrichment) is a four week transitional program seperate from the OCT program, yet gives young adults the opportunity to live independently in an community based apartment complex. Participants reside in a four bedroom four bath apartment with three peers and a staff member. LIFE participants develop self confidence in learinf adult skills such as laundry, budgeting, traveling , time manangement, recreational planning, shopping and cooking to name just a few. Participants participate in community activities while engaging in experiential learning opportunities.

LIFE is not a transition to the OCT program. The experience gives the participant and his/her family members a taste of independence in a safe environment.


School district or agency partner: Arc of Jacksonville
Contact person: Bernadette M. Gismonde
Deadline to apply to this program: December 31st. Applications will be accepted after the deadline for a waiting list.
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
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: 34%
Retention rate: 100%
Additional costs: $6,000.00

Additional Costs:

  • ($6000) + Meal plan option
  • Living in the residence halls has a UNF fee associated with the room and board.
  • The cost varies dependent upon the type of room and meal plan chosen by the student. 
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • Parental Veteran Benefits
Scholarships available:
  • Gardiner Scholarships, for Florida residents ages 18 - 22
  • McKay Scholarships
  • Ruby’s Rainbow available for students with Down Syndrome
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Diploma Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off 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:

LGBT club, Women's Center, Interfaith club, Tea Club, Spanish Club, Osprey Nation, Latin Dance Club

Last updated: Monday, April 6, 2020 - 14:36