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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
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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,

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

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: 50
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.
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-29
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • NVLD, 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%
Cost of the program:
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
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access: Students are enrolled in courses developed by the College Experience that support the goals of the program: Independent living, job readiness, and community involvement. In addition, students also take elective course offerings to supplement their schedule. Elective course offerings are driven by student requests. Please visit our website to look over our course catalogue. In addition to College Experience coursework, students have the ability to audit St Rose courses.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: Please see our website for a full list of our courses. Some core coursework would include but is not limited to: Finance & Budgeting, Cooking, Travel Navigation, Employment Readiness, Executive functioning skills, Apartment life, Budgeting for Independence, Human Sexuality, Community involvement. Elective courses would include but are not limited to: Art, Music, Dance, History, Psychology, Creative Writing.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of completion from the College Experience at the College of St Rose
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
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: 65%
We offer the following specialized credentials: All students enrolled in their second year receive a personalized internship. All internships are supported upfront then phased out. One student per internship site, all student internships are driven by the students skill set and requests. Some internships are paid, this is employer dependent. See our website for a list of some former internship site locations.
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%