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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 518.218.0000 ext 4625
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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 & Hudson Valley 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. To learn more about CareerNext check out our website,

Program information submitted: March 9, 2022

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: 52
Summer program name College Experience is a 12 month program, we operate in the summer for students enrolled
Description of our summer transition program:
Summer program link: College Experience is a 12 month program, we operate in the summer for students enrolled
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admission, begin application one year prior to desired start. All students begin in August
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 17-30
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • NVLD, ADHD, ADD, 22Q,
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
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: $20000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $20000.00
Room and board: $25000.00
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • 529 account, special needs trust
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Students who wish to audit a Saint Rose course are welcome to do so. Not all students want this experience which, we leave this as a option but not program requirement. If the student can meet admission to the College itself, they can choose to take the class for credit instead of as an audit.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: The College Experience offers a full curriculum focused on the skills of independent living and employment reediness. First year students take College Experience courses on the Saint Rose campus M-F. Second year students take classes 3x per week and 2x per week they have a personalized internship with job coaching supports.
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? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion from The College Experience at 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: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Additional information about career development and work experience: All students receive a personalized internship in their second year. Internships are set for the length of a College semester, 16 weeks, then can change or be extended. Each student has one full year of internship experiences with supports of a job coach as needed.
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): 100%
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 Graduation