Slippery Rock University

The Rock Life Program is a two to six year non-degree seeking postsecondary comprehensive transition education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which includes Autism Spectrum Disorder. Program length is dependent upon the student’s individual goals and can be longer if necessary. Rock Life focuses on four main pillars: Academics, Vocational, Physical Activity and Social. Support is provided by undergraduate students hired as “College Coaches.” College Coaches work one on one for approximately 10 hours per week with the Rock Life students. Students enroll in inclusive courses either for audit or for credit and take approximately two classes per semester. Students start working by their second year in the program and are hired at both on and off campus job site locations. Rock Life students are given the option to live in Watson Hall in the Rock Life Living Learning Community (LLC). LLC’s are popular housing options at Slippery Rock and are shown to increase retention rate for the students. Rock Life students are eligible to commute to campus and receive the same amount of support an on-campus student would receive in terms of college coaching.