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Think Cardinal

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

Think Cardinal is an inclusive program that is intended to provide higher education experiences for people with intellectual disabilities.
At SVSU, the Think Cardinal program lists the major as “Exploring the University” and its transcript group is audit (AU). Think Cardinal students can receive a Certificate of Completion after amassing 30 credits. These credits come from the academic courses they take, their participation in co-curricular activities, and 2 internships. By participating in each of these three areas, the students may acquire a holistic understanding of what it means to be a college student.


Conditions for participation in the Think Cardinal program include regular attendance in class, completion of assignments, regular attendance at the student’s internship, and engaging in co-curricular activities. In doing so the students earn a Certificate of Completion and the opportunity to walk at graduation.


Students interested in enrolling need to have a higher level of independence because support beyond the normal accommodations for degree seeking students are not available at this time. 


Program information submitted a year or more ago

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Number of students: 4
Description of our summer transition program:

Think Cardinal students attend the freshman orientation and can be included in the College Transitions orientation and course during their first semester. The College Transitions course introduces students to the university culture and helps them develop the necessary skills to be successful.

Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Cost of the program:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Scholarships available:

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

Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of 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
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

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.

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
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have participated in marching band, flag football, peer mentoring programs, theatre, and more…all SVSU student organizations are open to the Think Cardinal students.