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Threshold Program at Lesley University

Threshold Program at Lesley University
Lesley University
Threshold Program at Lesley University
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 2138
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Program Contact Colin Brady
Program Contact Email
Phone 857-360-5039
Website Program website

Lesley University’s Threshold Program is a comprehensive, campus-based, postsecondary program for motivated young adults with diverse learning challenges. We are located in Cambridge, MA just minutes from historical Harvard Square. Threshold students are between 18 and 26 years old and have typically received special education services in either public or private schools. At Threshold we provide the full college experience, including dormitory living and college courses, for students whose unique academic profile would not otherwise allow them to attend a university. Our students are fully immersed in the university as active participants in sports, clubs and other activities they wish to pursue. The core program is two years, and includes coursework, internships, skills for adept social interaction, and independent living skills. Postgraduate programming is also available and recommended to assist students in attaining their goals for employment and independent living. During the second year of the core program and in our postgraduate programs, students may be eligible to take undergraduate courses. Upon completion of the core program students receive six college credits; Additional credits are available through our postgraduate options. Graduates of Threshold continue to benefit from comprehensive and person-centered supports throughout their lives through our Alumni Center. Alumni services include employment support, social programming, courses, domestic and international travel opportunities, referrals, and a variety of independent living supports. With nearly 700 alumni, 2/3 of whom lives within an hour of Cambridge, our graduate community is active, supportive, and engaged. We remain in contact with even our earliest graduates from 1984, our first graduating class, and our annual survey of alumni shows the success of students in our program; 85% of graduates are employed for pay, 77% live independently (outside of family homes or staffed housing), 95% are satisfied with their level of independence, and 89% are satisfied with their social lives. Threshold offers an unparalleled, unique opportunity for young men and women to experience college in an environment that supports their unique learning profiles and prepares them for an independent life. Our alumni are the best evidence of the value of a postsecondary education, and we are honored to support and engage with them throughout their lives. Join us for an informational meeting to tour our campus and our new, accessible facilities and meet some of our wonderful students! The schedule of our info meetings can be found on our website.

Program information submitted: February 10, 2023

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
Number of students: 65
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling Admissions
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • Varies from student to student
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $45600.00
Room and board: $11060.00
Program fees: $750.00
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
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
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
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Childcare certificate

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation