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University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Program Contact Brandi Levingston
Program Contact Email
Phone 940-369-8563
Website Program website
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UNT ELEVAR (Empower, Learn, Excel, enVision, Advance, Rise) is a four-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Following the definition of the program’s name, ELEVAR [lift, soar, rise, in Spanish], the program’s vision is to empower young adults with ID who wish to continue postsecondary education (PSE) to become self-determined, independent, and healthy adults readied for integrated competitive employment. Most importantly, the UNT ELEVAR program welcomes young adults with ID to be part of the Mean Green family experience. UNT ELEVAR is a Comprehensive Transition Program accredited program from the U.S. Department of Education.

Program information submitted: February 16, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
Summer program name UNT ELEVAR Transition Pathway Program
Description of our summer transition program: This virtual summer program is a 1-week program for students with ID. The Transition Pathway summer program focuses on teaching participants independent, pre-employment skills, and self-determination skills in the areas of living, working, and engaging in the community.
Summer program link: UNT ELEVAR Transition Pathway Program
School district or agency partner: Decatur ISD, Denton ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Irving ISD, Corsicana ISD
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: February 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
  • The student is not under guardianship
  • Has a documented disability diagnosis of intellectual disability Has completed high school with or without a high school diploma, who received services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), been served by IDEA, or completed an alternate assessment portfolio. Students should no longer receive support from their high school at start of the UNT ELEVAR program Has basic functional skills in reading, writing, and mathematics with or without assistive technology  Has completed high school with or without a high school diploma  and no longer receives support from their high school at start of the UNT ELEVAR program Has a personal interest to attend college and is seeking greater independence and employment by enhancing social, communication, vocational, health and wellness, and life skills in an inclusive post-secondary education program as demonstrated through a personal statement and interview  UNT monument clicked in a beautiful way Is willing and able to live communally and independently with other UNT or UNT ELEVAR students in campus housing during the program as demonstrated through the Transition Pathway program or other evidence (e.g., overnight camps, etc.)  Can function independently (e.g., navigate campus on their own or with appropriate support) and participate in semester-long workshops and seminars that last between 90 minutes and 2 hours  Displays skills to manage stress and adapt to change or the ability to learn such coping skills with minimal disruption to others. Exhibits responsible and socially adaptive behavior with minimal supervision and appropriate support.  Has sufficient emotional and independent ability to participate in all aspects of the UNT ELEVAR program and the University of North Texas Demonstrates the ability to accept personal responsibility for actions and maintains respect for self and others and understands and follows all UNT safety and health requirements Has limited or no history of disruptive or aggressive behavior.   Independently self-administers and manages medication, specialized dietary and/or medical needs. Serve as their own full legal guardian. Individuals with ID who have a supported decision-making agreement are also encouraged to apply and decisions will be made on an individual basis. Demonstrate the potential to successfully achieve personal and program goals within the context of the UNT ELEVAR program and setting.  
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Physical disabilities, Speech Impairments
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 10.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: First cohort of the program started in the 2021-2022 academic year.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $10097.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $10097.00
Room and board: $10716.00
Program fees: $12000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship UNT ELEVAR Scholarship
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students at UNT ELEVAR are able to enroll in ANY of the traditional UNT courses. All students are guided by ELEVAR staff following their person-centered plan. Accommodations, modifications, or any additional supports are provided by UNT ELEVAR staff.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Program-specific courses to enhance individual skills such as financial literacy, health, and sexual education, independent living skills, employability skills, etc.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Comprehensive Transition Program Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? UNT's Marketable Skills Credentials
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Additional information about career development and work experience: Guided by Person-Centered Planning Paid or unpaid internships ELEVAR program Employment Supervisor Individual job-coaches Natural supports Employer development Hours vary depending on the student and the year in the program
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:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation