Want to apply to InclusiveU?


Regardless of how you start taking classes at Syracuse University, you should be ready to:

  • Talk about why you want to be a student. You will probably have to write an essay about this, and you will have to tell staff when they ask you.
  • You’ll need at least two letters of recommendations from people who can tell us why you’d be a good student. Only one of these can be from a family member.
  • You should have some idea of what you want to study or learn. Some people are very specific, and they want to study one thing. Other people just want to have the experience of going to college. Be honest – we appreciate honesty and it will help us figure out the right options with you.
  • Know how you will pay for your courses. Just like every other college student in the United States, it takes about 6-12 months to apply and figure out how you will pay, where you will live, etc.
  • Think about your disability and personality. What will you need during college to have a good experience?

For the InclusiveU program, you will not need a high school transcript or a recommendation from a high school teacher, although you are welcome to share these if you think it’s important. We have found these to be extremely unreliable in explaining what students can do or what they could do at Syracuse. We also would rather depend on your personal description of your disability instead of any disability documentation from doctors or schools. The Office of Disability Services may ask you for disability documentation if they have a question about how to best accommodate you, but that is fairly rare.

If you are from out of state, you will have other things to think about, like where you will live, how you will get home during holiday breaks, if you need a job (and whether you have any limit on your earnings), and who will be your supports while you are in Syracuse (we recommend setting up a Circle of Support or other formal supports in addition to the friends you will make). This may require extra time and planning, so don’t be disappointed if the process takes a while!

Dates and Deadlines

These dates are deadlines are for students who want to start the InclusiveU program in Fall 2020:

  • July 12 and August 9, 2019Summer Tours for Fall 2020: RSVP HERE
  • Fall 2019 – Start working on how you will pay for your courses at SU, figuring out the best way to come to SU, and deciding whether you’d like to just take courses through University College or participate in the InclusiveU program.
  • October 2019 (date tbd) – InclusiveU information session
  • February 2019 (date tbd) – Information Webinar
  • January & February 2020 – apply for the InclusiveU program. Applications are Due February 15, 2020.
  • March 2020 – acceptance letters sent.
  • June-July 2020 – Register for fall classes.
  • August 2020 – Orientation for all the students attending Syracuse University in the fall. This will be the same weekend as prospective student weekend for SU, and family members are welcome.
  • August 2020 – InclusiveU will hold a training for all people providing paid supports (e.g., “mentors”) to students in InclusiveU.  Whether paid through agencies or private funding, we find this is an important training so all the mentors can meet each other and learn more about the difference between providing supports in a college setting vs. providing supports in employment or high school settings. We also give mentors information about undergraduate supports, iPads, and general college policies.
  • 2019-2020  – The Syracuse University Academic Calendar lists the first and last days of classes, breaks, and other important days you will need to know as a student.

Application for InclusiveU

Please download the PDF InclusiveU application and complete either by hand or digitally.  Once completed, it can be mailed or emailed to the address on the last page of the application, or uploaded to our website.