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Autism in College

Spectrum teens graduating from high school have more educational options than ever before. We can help by assessing students’ college readiness, and finding the best-fit programs and supports. Below you will find an extensive list of “autism-friendly colleges,” including:

  • Spectrum support programs in 4-year colleges
  • Colleges designed exclusively for students with learning differences or special needs (including autism)
  • Support programs for students with learning differences that may not be specifically for students on the spectrum, but are considered autism-friendly
  • A small sample of non-degree programs for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities – there are many more listed at Think College.

To see additional notes for a program, click on the green “+” sign on the left. Click on the “Show entries” drop-down menu at the upper left of the table to see more entries on the page. Contact us if you need the link to web pages for particular programs.

There are additional resources not listed in this table, such as independent organizations providing mentoring, coaching, or executive functioning support (e.g., organization, planning, time management). Contact us to learn more about these resources. You may also enjoy our articles on topics such as seeking accommodations in college.

College
City/Town
State
Program
Population served
Services
Fees
Notes
Adelphi UniversityGarden CityNYBridges to AdelphiASD, LD, and similar profilesAcademic coaching, vocational coaching, peer mentoring, support and social groups$8100/yearNo clinical documentation required
American International CollegeSpringfieldMACollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Ancilla CollegeDonaldsonINAPAC"Highly capable" ASD studentsAcademic, vocational, social, and independent living focus$2000/semesterMust provide neuropsych eval within past 3 years
Austin Peay State UniversityClarksvilleTNFull Spectrum LearningASDTutoring and mentoring$3500/semester
Beacon CollegeLeesburgFLCenter for Student SuccessASD/LD/ADHDLife coaching, academic mentoring, peer tutoring, learning specialistsNo separate program fee; services are standard for all students. Single rooms standard; summer program for HS students available
Bellevue CollegeBellevueWAAutism Spectrum NavigatorsASDPeer mentoring, career preparation, parent meetingsNo feeNo formal diagnosis required
CA State U. – East BayHaywardCACollege Link ProgramASDStudy groups, workshops, coaching on academics and living skills$3000-8700/quarter depending on service level
CA State U. – Long BeachLong BeachCALIFE ProjectASD and similar profilesPeer coaching, workshops, parent semiinarsNo fee
Cape Cod Community CollegeW. BarnstableMAProject ForwardLearning differencesVocational program with electives$2152/semesterNon-credit program
Castleton UniversityCastletonVTCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Clemson UniversityClemsonSCSpectrum Support ProgramASDHelp with academics, social, and career skills$3500/semester (est.)Separate Clemson LIFE program for students with ID
Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsCOOpportunities for Postsecondary SuccessASD/LD/ADHDPeer mentoring$2000/semester
Concord UniversityAthensWVCollege Program for Students with ASDASDAcademic, social, and independent living skills support$4500/semester
Connecticut CollegeNew LondonCTCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
County College of MorrisRandolphNJCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
CUNYNew YorkNYProject REACHASDPeer mentoringNo fee
Curry CollegeMiltonMAPALLD/ADHDLearning strategies courses$1825-3470/semesterNo autism-specific program or social skills curriculum, but may be helpful for ASD students with EF or learning challenges
Daemen CollegeAmherstNYCATSASDPeer life skills coaching, vocational support$2000/semesterVocational rehab agency may provide some funding
Dakota State UniversityMadisonSDSTRONGASDAcademic advising, life coaching, seminarsNo fee
Dean CollegeFranklinMAARCHLD/ADHD/ASDIndividual coaching, career advising, group seminar$3600/semester for first year, decreasing annuallyDocumented learning disability required
Defiance CollegeDefianceOHASD Affinity ProgramASDAdvising, mentoring, tutoring, social events$28,770/semester includes tuition, room & board
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaPADASPASDMentoring, coaching, workshops, social eventsNo feeSummer transition program available (Dragon Scholars)
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonILSTEPASDPeer mentoring, study/support groups, social events$3000/semesterSingle room option
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiILCollege Supports ProgramASDStudy halls, in-class academic support, living skills support$5500/semester, more for life/social skills assistance
Eastern UniversitySaint DavidsPACollege Success ProgramASDSkills & support groups, study sessions, community outings, pre-orientation, mentoring$4000/semesterNeed documented diagnosis
Edinboro U. of PennsylvaniaEdinboroPABASISASDSocial/academic peer advising, social events$2500/semester
Fairleigh Dickinson U. – FlorhamMadisonNJCOMPASSASDAcademic support, peer mentoring, individual/group counseling$7072/semesterNeed documented diagnosis within past 2 years
George Mason UniversityFairfaxVAMASIASDPeer mentoring, skill-building classes, social events$6600/yearScholarships may be available
Golden West CollegeHuntington BeachCAPuzzle PieceASDAcademic/career coaching, workshopsNo fee
Grand Valley State U.AllendaleMICampus LinksASDPeer mentoring – optional residential component
Harper CollegePalatineILProject TAPASDPeer mentoring, workshops, clubsNo fee
Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaPALabyrinthASDStudy sessions, coaching/mentoring, course in life skills$2500/semesterDept. of vocational rehab typically pays fee for in-state students
Iona CollegeNew RochelleNYCAPASD/ADHD/LD/TBITutoring/coaching with learning specialist
Johnson County Community CollegeOverland ParkKSTIPSASD (club), students on 504/IEP (TIPS)TIPS transition program for HS special needs students and Autism Spectrum Support ClubStandard 3-credit course fee
Kent State UniversityKentOHASD ResourcesASDP.A.L.S. (peer mentor), Autism Advocates (faculty mentor), College Success (misc. services)No fee
Kirkwood Community CollegeCedar RapidsIAASKASDCoaching for academic/social/life/career skillsNo fee
Kutztown UniversityKutztownPAMy PlaceASDCoaching, study hall, group meals/activities$250-$1200/semester for 1-6 contact hours/weekSingle room accommodation may be available
Lamar UniversityBeaumontTXASD College ConnectASDSupport groupNo fee
Landmark CollegePutneyVTSupport Services for Students with ASDASDSocial pragmatics course, social groups, early orientationNo separate fee
Lesley UniversityCambridgeMAThresholdLearning differences – average IQ 78Courses, internships, life skills$30,500/semester for tuition, room & board for 2-year core program
Loras CollegeDubuqueIAARCHASDCoaching, mentoring, career prep$2822/semester
Lynn UniversityBoca RatonFLInstitute for Achievement and LearningLearning differences Academic coaching/tutoring
Manhattanville CollegePurchaseNYPACASDPeer mentoring, social events, invidual and group meetings
Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeWIOn Your MarqASDHelp with academic, organizational, social, independent living skills$3000/semester
Marshall UniversityHuntington WVCollege Program for Students with ASDASDAcademic, social, and independent living skills support$4500/semester
Mercyhurst CollegeEriePAAIMASDSupports for academic, social, and vocational skills
Muskingum UniversityNew ConcordOHPLUSLearning differencesAcademic/learning coaching by professionals$2900-8780/year depending on level of support
New York UniversityNew YorkNYConnectionsASDWeekly coaching on any issue, biweekly discussion groupsNo feeNo application but must have documented autism diagnosis
Nicholls State UniversityThibodauxLABridge to IndependenceASDAcademic coaching, peer mentoring, social skills seminars$2055/semesterDegree program for ASD students and certificate program for students with ID
Northeastern UniversityBostonMALDPLD/ADHD/ASDTwice-weekly individual meetings with professional learning specialist$2900/semester
Northern Vermont UniversityJohnsonVTCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Northern Vermont UniversityLyndonVTCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAlexandriaVACollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandaleVACollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Northern Virginia Community CollegeLoudounVACollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Norwalk Community CollegeNorwalkCTCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleFLAccess PlusASDSupport for studying, socializing, and daily living skills$8820/semester
Ohio UniversityAthensOHASPeCTASDPeer mentoring No fee
Pace UniversityNew YorkNYOASISASD and similar profilesHelp with academics, career, residential life, socializing, and emotional support.$6500/semesterInternships junior and senior year
Ramapo College of New JerseyMahwahNJENHANCEASDPeer mentors, support groups, social events, parent consultationsNeed neuropsych testing within 3 years. Fee may be covered in part by voc rehab.
Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterNYSpectrum Support ProgramASDAcademic coaching, social events, pre-orientation$2200-4000/yearVocational rehab agency may help cover fee
Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickNJCollege Support ProgramASDPeer mentors, social events, parent workshops, help with life skills and pre-employment$3500/semester
Saint Joseph's UniversityPhiladelphiaPAASPIREASDPeer mentors, life skills, study hall, social events, work opportunities$6000/yearNeed documented diagnosis; fee is $5000 in years 3 and 4
Saint Norbert CollegeDe PereWIASD Support ProgramASDPeer mentoring, weekly counseling, social eventsNo feeNeed documented diagnosis
Santa Fe CollegeGainesvilleFLSpectrum of SuccessASDPeer mentoringNo fee
Seattle Central CollegeSeattleWASAILSASD, learning differencesTutoring, study skills, time management, pre-employment skills, College 101 course$2180/quarterVocational rehab agency may help cover fee
South Plains CollegeLevellandTXCASEASD or other DDHelp with time management, career, social, and life skills
Southern Vermont CollegeBenningtonVTCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
SUNY – PurchasePurchaseNYCornerstone ProgramASDStaff coaching, peer mentoring, pre-orientation, social events, social skills groups, pre-employment training$1225-2450/semester for 1 or 2 weekly coaching hours
SUNY – WestchesterValhalla NYCollege StepsASD and similar profiles; HS and college studentsHelp with academics, pre-employment, social skills, and independent living.$11,500/year for 5 hours/week to $20,400/year for 20 hours/week. Costs may be covered by school districts (for HS students), state dept. of developmental disabilities or vocational rehabilitation, or other sourcesEvidence-based; peer mentors are carefully supervised and trained.
Taft CollegeTaftCATILDD/IDHelp with functional, social, and career skillsCourses are separate from regular college courses
Tarrant County CollegeArlingtonTXASD ProgramASDCourse on academic/social/living skills$550/course
Texas A & M UniversityCollege StationTXSpectrum Living Learning CommunityASDStudy groups, social events, residenceNo additional fee
Texas Tech UniversityLubbockTXCASEASD or other DDHelp with time management, career, social, and life skills
University of AlabamaTuscaloosaALUA-ACTSASDHelp with academics, social and daily living skills$3600/semester
University of ArizonaTucsonAZSALTLD/ADHD/ASDTutoring, learning specialists, workshops$2800/semester ($1200 for upper division students)
University of ArkansasFayettevilleARAutism Support ProgramASD and similar profilesHelp with academics, social and daily living skills$5000/semester
University of ConnecticutStorrsCTBeyond AccessAll studentsHelp with academics and personal life $1800-$3600/semesterSeparate peer mentoring program: REACHing Peers
University of DelawareNewarkDESpectrum ScholarsASD majoring in CIS/ECECoaching in communication/living skills/organization/careerNo fee
University of DenverDenverCOLEPASD/ADHD/LDTutoring, peer mentoring, help with organizational and social skills, disability honor society$1350/quarter
University of FloridaGainesvilleFLSOCIAL GatorsASDPeer mentoring, academic coaching, group meetingsNo fee
University of Houston – Clear LakeHoustonTXConnecting to CollegeASDIndividual skill-building meetings, support group, crisis intervention, campus-wide trainingsNo fee
University of IdahoMoscowIDRaven ScholarsASDPeer mentoring, social skills classes, social eventsNo fee
University of IndianapolisIndianapolisINBUILDLearning differencesTutoring, social skills course and group$3382/semester
University of Massachusetts – LowellLowellMAConnectionsASDSupport group; peer mentoring for current students (as well as for HS students) is also availableNo fee
University of Michigan – Ann ArborAnn ArborMIStudents on the Autism SpectrumASDSupport group No fee
University of Missouri – St. LouisSaint LouisMOSUCCEEDID/DDSingle rooms, special elective courses, tutoring, study hall, vocational experiences$10,500/year plus tuition, romm & board Certificate (not degree) program
University of MontanaMissoulaMTMOSSAICASD and similar profilesPeer mentoring, social events, help with academic/social/career readiness skillsVaries with service levelServices may be covered by health insurance
University of North FloridaJacksonvilleFLTHRIVEASD Help with social, career, and independent living skillsNo fee
University of Science and Arts of OklahomaChickashaOKNeill-Wint Center for NeurodiversitASDPeer mentorsNo fee
University of TennesseeChattanoogaTNMosaicASDCoaching, mentoring, study hours and 4-year comprehensive course$3500/semester
University of West FloridaPensacolaFLArgos for AutismASDHelp with academic, social, life, and career skillsNo feeInexpensive early arrival/pre-orientation option available
Utah Valley UniversityOremUTPassagesASDClasses and workshops for life/social/leadership skills; peer mentoring$300/semester
Washington State UniversityPullmanWAROARID/DDSocial/vocational/life skills programming$22,983/year including room & board2-year non-degree program
West Chester UniversityWest ChesterPAD-CAPASDStudy sessions, social events, group sessions for self-care/social/organizational/career skillsNo fee3-day college readiness summer program for HS students available
Western Carolina UniversityCullowheeNCUPID Social/vocational/life skills programming$20,200 including room & board2-year non-degree program
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenKYKAPASDSingle dorm rooms, study halls, mentoring, counseling, social events, advising$5000/semester
Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooMIAutism Services CenterASDHelp with academic, social, life, and career goals; social events$2,000Summer transition program available
Wright State UniversityDaytonOHRASEASDPeer coaching and support group$750/year 1st year, then $300/year
Xavier UniversityCincinnatiOHX-PathASD and similar profilesPeer coaching$1500/semester

 

 

 

 

 

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