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VUnited Scholars

VUnited Scholars
Villanova University
VUnited Scholars
Vasey Hall
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
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The VUnited Scholars Program is a two year, residential certificate program offered through Villanova’s College of Professional Studies for highly motivated young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. The program provides a meaningful and unique college experience that allows students to explore their learning potential and maximize their personal growth, while preparing them for future, meaningful employment. The VUnited Scholars program promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the following areas: Academics; Career Development; Independent Living; and Community Participation.

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
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Deadline to apply to this program: March 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • at least 18 years old before August 31
  • See website for full admissions process

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Tuition amount: $25,000.00
Room and board: $10,500.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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)
  • Scholarships
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
More about course access:

Students develop an individualized course of study when they begin the program and determine which typical college courses they are interested in enrolling.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students enroll in VUnited Seminar courses focused on a variety of topics such as: Adjusting to College, Spirituality, and Personal Finance and Money Management.  Students also receive coaching on resume writing and interview skills. 

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 in Community and Professional Development
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
  • Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

The program actively partners with Student Activities Advisors to connect students with activities and organizations aligned with their interests.

Last updated: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 14:39