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Winthrop Think College Program

Winthrop Think College Program
Winthrop University
Winthrop Think College Program
320-B Withers Building/WTS
Rock Hill, SC 29733
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Program Contact Chauncey Metzelaars
Phone 803.323.3080

The Winthrop Think College (WTC) Program offers post-secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). The program creates customized schedules for each student using a person-centered planning approach. The schedules include traditional courses, internships, and specialty courses to support student development of specific skill sets. The focus of the WTC is to build and strengthen skills in the areas of employment, self-determination, health and nutrition, social networking, and independent living.

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
Number of students: 15
Deadline to apply to this program: January 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
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
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 50%
Retention rate: 75%
Cost of the program:

Tuition is approximately $15,000 a year (includes student fees)

Residential is an additional $12,000-$15,000 per year (includes meal plan)

Additional costs: $0.00
Course/lab fees when applicable, textbooks
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Relationship/Sex Ed
Safety on Campus

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: WTC
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 27%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 67%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive 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:

Improv Club
Greek Life
Campus Ministries
Taekwondo Club
Writing Club
Gospel Choir
Unified Sports
Volunteer Work/Community Service
College Fairs
Community Advocacy Events/
Cultural/Tabling Events
Intramural Sports
Conference Presentations

Last updated: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 13:24