Exploratory Studies Student

Integrated Professional Studies

Widener University provides students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience college life in a meaningful, authentic way.

Fall 2024 enrollment is closed.

Prospective students will be updated once enrollment reopens.

Why Participate in the Program?

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Academic & Skills-Building Programs

The program coordinator will work with students to help choose a program concentration that aligns with their interests and supports their career goals. Students will then participate in various on-campus classes alongside traditional, undergraduate college students.  

  • Students participate in 2-3 on-campus classes each semester
    • Courses must be 100 or 200-level courses and between 1-3 credits each
    • Students audit classwork and may have the opportunity to take a course for credit
  • Students participate in at least three career exploration and development activities that facilitate growth and independence as it relates to employment
  • Students can earn a certificate of completion after two years in the program
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Mentorship by Peers & Expert Faculty

Students will learn alongside full-time, undergraduate students, who will also serve as peer mentors and coaches outside of the classroom. You will also find on-going, personalized support by expert faculty and staff mentors who are dedicated to the success of their students.

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College Resources, Support, & Campus Activities

You won't find many places that offer the impressive number of opportunities and resources for inspiration, engagement, and support like that of a college campus. Participating students can take full advantage of the abundant campus events, student clubs, and helpful resources available on campus.

Admissions Information

This program is open to interested and motivated students who are:

  • ages 18 and older and have completed high school
  • have the desire to gain experience on a college campus
  • have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual difference
  • able to arrange transportation to and from campus
  • able to navigate a college campus unsupervised for at least an hour

To apply for the program, complete the online application. If you have questions about your application, please contact the program coordinator, Julie Heydeman, at (610) 499-1102 or jheydeman@widener.edu.

Please note that the program offers limited seats per academic year and admissions are on a rolling basis.

The Integrated Professional Studies program has been approved as a comprehensive transition program. Students are now eligible to apply for funding by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may be eligible for funding through the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs. Waiver funding may also be available based on your county of residence and eligibility.

The Fall 2021 program cost of this certificate is $7,500 per semester. The program fee includes the costs associated with auditing classes, taking part in career exploration and development activities, and community-based social support. It does not include the cost of materials for classes, meals, or other activities that require additional charges. 

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