Profiles of Prospective Students, Current Students, and College Graduates

Minnesota College Options

Four Minnesota colleges and universities, out of nearly 200, offer enrollment to students with intellectual disability (ID). The annual enrollment capacity of these Minnesota institutions of higher education is approximately 100 students with ID. Three of these Minnesota institutions of higher education have the US Depart of Education Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary program (CTP) designation.

Minnesota map showing all postsecondary options.

These 4-year, state and private, and 2-year community colleges aspire to offer access for students with ID to their campus and academic and student life, allowing them to gain knowledge, learn skills and earn a credential alongside their peers that will lead to meaningful careers. For colleges and universities that have the CTP designation, enrolled students with ID may apply for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, and federal work-study, but not loans.

Bethel University

Email: build-program@bethel.edu

Bethel University is a Christian college in St. Paul which provides a two-year postsecondary program for individuals with intellectual disabilities called the BUILD program. This integrated experience includes student housing and opportunities for academic, vocational, social, and spiritual development. Students earn a program-awarded certificate in Applied Studies with a chosen career pathway in Arts and Communication, Business, or Human Services.

Bethany Global University

Bethany Global University in Bloomington hosts the two-year Beyond Limits program in a residential Christian campus setting. Students with an intellectual disability participate in classes, work internships, and daily activities with their typical peers. Residential support and specialized classes and job training are part of the core curriculum. Upon completion, students earn a program-awarded certificate in Life Skills.*

Email: info@beyondlimitscollege.com

Central Lakes College OSP

Email: patricia.sloan@clcmn.edu

The Occupational Skills Program (OSP) at Central Lakes College is a one-year post-secondary vocational program for students with intellectual disabilities that provides training for entry-level, competitive employment. Central Lakes College is located in Brainerd. Occupational Skills combines community-based vocational training with personal management classes on campus. Students earn an OSP diploma approved by the institute of higher education.

Ridgewater College OSP

Email: benjamin.larson@ridgewater.edu

The Occupational Skills Program (OSP) at Ridgewater College is a one-year post-secondary vocational program for students with intellectual disabilities that provides training for entry-level, competitive employment. Central Lakes College is located in Wilmer. Occupational Skills combines community-based vocational training with personal management classes on campus. Students earn an OSP diploma approved by the institute of higher education.

* College/University does not have the CTP designation.