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Think Cardinal
Saginaw Valley State University
Think Cardinal
7400 Bay Rd.
University Center, MI 48710
Program Contact Katrina Sanders
Phone 989-964-4163

SVSU provides a pathway for enrollment for students with intellectual disability to take courses in an audit status for personal growth, developing independence, and experiencing a college atmosphere. This is a fully immersed experience - orientation, course enrollment, extracurricular activities and more. Classes are taken in an audit status and students are able to choose classes that meet their individual needs. Students interested in enrolling need to have a higher level of independence because support resources above normal accommodations for degree seeking students are not available at this time. Peer mentors are available and students may attend class with a mentor if that is necessary. Tuition is charged at the normal rate for degree seeking students. Housing can be considered, but additional support above what is provided to a degree seeking student is not available.

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: 4
Description of our summer transition program:

Students attend the normal freshman orientation with all other incoming freshman. Additionally, they are welcome to be a part of our Transition Seminar which makes a more formal connection with university support resources the weekend before classes begin.

Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • Student desires to attend college and has an intellectual or developmental disability.
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: Students pay the current credit hour rate for courses, room and board. The housing office has been flexible to allow for a prorated housing arrangement if the student is not planning to stay on campus full-time.
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
Scholarships available:

Our students have been very successful in applying for and receiving scholarships from Ruby's Rainbow (

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

We have not yet had any students exit the program. Our first graduate will be May 2018. Currently all students in the program have paid internships or outside employment.

No - the credential does not have a specific focus, but students are able to tailor their courses and internships to help support their employment goal.

Housing is provided to students: No
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Marching band, cheer leading, school newspaper, intramural sports, campus religious organizations, theatre department productions, athletics, dining services and more - there are not any campus organizations explicitly closed to students attending in this program.

Last updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 09:27