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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.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

General
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
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 15
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: At least 18 years old before August 31st of the academic year
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $25000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $25000.00
Room and board: $10300.00
Additional costs:

Books

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
Academic
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:

The VUnited Scholars program promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the following areas: Academics; Career Development; Independent Living; and Community Participation. The academic components include the opportunity to enroll in traditional Villanova undergraduate courses as well as VUnited Seminar courses focused on a variety of topics such as: Adjusting to College, Spirituality, and Personal Finance and Money Management. 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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? 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.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Community and Professional Development
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students will work approximately 1 day/week in an internship during their first year and 1-2 days/week during their second year. Internship placements are either on campus or in the local community. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Program staff will coordinate transportation as needed. The program is focused on careers in business and human services. Students will receive the support of program staff and mentors for their internship placements.

Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Specialized on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%