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Think College Vermont at UVM

Think College Vermont at UVM
The University of Vermont
Think College Vermont at UVM
208 Colchester Avenue
Third Floor Mann Hall
Burlington, VT 5405
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Program Contact Bryan Dague
Phone 802-656-1345
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Think College Vermont at UVM is an innovative, inclusive, academic, social, and vocational program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities seeking a college experience and career path. Participants may earn a 12 credit-hour certificate of college studies for non-matriculated students designed to include: Academic Enrichment, Socialization & Recreation, Independent Living & Self-Advocacy Skills, Integrated Work Experiences & Career Skills. Think College Vermont at UVM incorporates student-centered planning, academic advising, and peer mentors for an inclusive, supportive college experience. Think College Vermont is a two-three year non-degree certificate program through the UVM Continuing and Distance Education and the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion.  

Program information submitted: March 18, 2021

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 9
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admission
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 75.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 80.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $2080.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $5190.00
Program fees: $16000.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Students have accessed Ruby's Rainbow scholarship funds.
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
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? Yes
Information on special classes: We have been running a Friendship & Relationship course for program students.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of College Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • On-campus apartments are available to program students, although we do not operate the apartment program.
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students have been involved in a number of students clubs including Feel Good Food, Horticulture Club, Gymnastics Club, University Band, Running Club.