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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
Phone 518.218.0000 ext 4625

The College Experience is a residential non-credit certificate program hosted at The College of Saint Rose in partnership with Living Resources. Through The College Experience, students with intellectual disabilities can practice living independently, make friends, intern at area businesses and become part of a diverse campus community. The objective of the program is to give students with intellectual disabilities opportunities similar to their siblings and high-school peers. These students have the chance to attend college in order to transition to independent adult life, but with accommodated instruction that addresses students needs for practical living and working skills. In addition to the College Experience, we also have a program called CareerNext at SUNY Cobleskill & SUNY Schenectady County Community College which serves students with disabilities who are looking to obtain an accredited bachelors degree, associates degree or accredited Career Certificate while being supported both academically with their credited classes, executive functioning skills and support in the dorms learning independent living skills. To learn more about CareerNext check out our website,

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: 40
Description of our summer transition program: The Summer Exchange is a summer opportunity for students ages 16-21 who have the desire to live independently and maintain employment in their future. For more information about this exciting opportunity visit our website and click on the Summer Exchange link. For students enrolled in The College Experience, they attend throughout the summer, making The College Experience is in operation 12 months of the year with scheduled breaks for Holidays. For the full schedule of dates, please check out our calendar on our website found under academics.
Deadline to apply to this program: The College Experience works with rolling admissions. Students applying under the OPWDD Medicaid Waiver need to have their documentation submitted by January 1st, students applying via private tuition can apply up until April 30th.
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • 22Q, NVLD, CP, LD,
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 46%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: All charges for the program are inclusive in the tuition (academic classes, academic support, residential housing, residential staffing, weekly groceries & school meal plan). Students have the ability to enroll in a payment plan with the Bursars office at The College of St Rose.
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • 529 Accounts, traditional bank & institution loans, Trusts
Scholarships available:

If a student qualifies for a private scholarship on their own, they are welcome to apply the funding towards their tuition. If a student needs documentation of acceptance, or program details for their scholarship application, the program is happy to assist the student.

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
More about course access:

Students do have the option if they choose to audit any St. Rose course of their choosing for free. Students can only take the course for credit if they meet the College's admissions requirements for academics. Additional fees apply for those taking a course for credit. Our program has also helped facilitate students to prepare to sit for certificate courses, and examinations such as The Early Childhood Certificate.

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

Students in the College Experience take a wide variety of courses over the years. Our program has classes specifically designed for students in The College Experience focusing on functional academics and employment readiness and a wide variety of changing electives each semester. A full list of courses and electives can be found on our website. Students do have the opportunity to audit St Rose courses if they choose to. We will work with the professor of the audit class to set expectations for the course. Students have audited a wide variety of courses ranging from chorus, art, fitness, foreign language and psychology classes.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 72%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

We do not offer a certificate or specific career focus. Student have access to try employment in any field of their desire, we do not require the student pick a track to work from. Some students explore a career field and later find its not the desired field for them, so they have the opportunity to head in a new direction while in the program.
We have offered students who are interested in childcare to audit courses to support the early childhood field, these courses have been taught by the College of St Rose Education Department.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students in The College Experience have no limitations to clubs and activities at The College of St Rose, our students are St Rose students, therefore they are 100% involved and included in St Rose extracurricular activities and opportunities. Students take a course called Community Involvement where students research and plan their personalized extra curricular schedule of St Rose activities and community events.

Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 14:10