Widener University

Widener University’s Integrated Professional Studies program supports students who want to cultivate skills of self-advocacy, independence, and skills and confidence to succeed in a rewarding career, but may not feel ready to participate in a traditional, full-time college experience.. Students with intellectual disabilities enroll in academic courses, participate in clubs on campus, and gain career experience through internships. Students enroll in two to three 100-level courses with their non-disabled peers each semester. Some of these courses have a service learning component which provides the class the opportunity to be of service to individuals and local agencies. They are also enrolled in a Freshman Seminar course where the career development component of the program begins with resume building and presentations by Career Services. Students have access to all the resources on campus and are additionally matched with undergraduate peer mentors to support them socially and academically.