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The College Experience

The College Experience
College of Saint Rose
The College Experience
300 Washington Ave. Ext.
Albany, NY 12203
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Program Contact Colleen Dergosits
Program Contact Email
Phone 5182180000
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The College Experience is a certificate program that gives students the opportunity to attend college, be part of a campus community, and take part in a program that helps them transition to independent adult life. Collaboratively developed by The College of Saint Rose and Living Resources, The College Experience program combines general education courses, elective courses, real world living and job experiences to prepare students for success in the real world.
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Program information submitted: January 17, 2023

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 53
Summer program name Summer Exchange
Description of our summer transition program: Students 16-21 who are interested in one day applying to the College Experience can apply for the Summer Exchange. The Summer Exchange is a one week opportunity where students can attend a variety of College Experience classes, experience using the CDTA public bus system, and attend summer evening events in the Albany community. This experience includes off campus housing and residential staffing.
Summer program link: Summer Exchange
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • NVLD, Deletion 22, Genetic disorders, Multiple Disabilities,
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 85.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $19683.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $19683.00
Room and board: $24931.00
Program fees: $260.00
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Students are welcome to apply for any eligible scholarships which align with the program parameters. The noted charges above reflect total tuition, room and board for 12 months, 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer). We do not charge out of state rates.
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: College Experience students review the College of Saint Rose course book to find and enroll in a course. Students who meet admissions requirements to the College of Saint Rose, in addition to the admission to College Experience can take the class for credit if they choose, otherwise students can enroll as an audit. For students who are seeking a supported degree seeking
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: The College Experience has a wide variety of courses for students to take which focus around the goals of the program, independent live and competitive employment. These are non credit classes, such classes include but are not limited to: Cooking, travel navigation, employment readiness, executive functioning, finance and budgeting. A full list of courses can be found on the College Experience website. If a student is seeking a credited College degree (Associates or Bachelors) with academic supports, check out
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
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: Certificate of Completion of the College Experience from the College of Saint Rose
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
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: All students receive a personalized internship in their 2nd year of the program.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
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
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation