Prospective Students

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Applicants who wish to be considered for the Fall 2020 semester should return the completed application no later than February 1, 2020. Applications for the Spring 2020 semester must be received by July 1, 2019.

Applications for the High School Transition Summer Program must be received by May 1, 2019.

(Application Word Document) (Application PDF)

Admission to The College Program does not guarantee admission to Marshall University, as applications to the university and to the college support program are separate processes.

An application to the support program is considered “complete” and will be accepted only if it includes:

  • A clinical psychological evaluation (school-based, or psycho-educational evaluations, will not be accepted) dated within three years of this application;
  • The results from an intelligence evaluation, such as the WAIS-III, accompanied by subtest scores and a detailed, narrative report;
  • Results from achievement testing (for example, the Woodcock-Johnson Achievement and the Peabody Individual Achievement tests);
  • The most recent IEP or 504 Plan, if one is in place for a current student.
  • For students who have previous college experience: an unofficial transcript from that institution, or other documents that detail classes taken and grades earned.

Each completed application will be reviewed thoroughly by staff to ensure all University and College Program requirements are met. Those applicants who do meet the requirements—and who have documentation that suggests The College Program may be a good fit for their specific needs—may be invited to campus for a face-to-face interview. Based upon that interview and the information gathered from the application process, some prospective students will be invited into The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Marshall University. Formal notification of the decision will be made by mail.

Discovery Groups

Each fall and spring semester, The College Program at Marshall University holds weekly skill group meetings for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. These meetings, called Discovery Groups, are facilitated by College Program staff and provide an opportunity for students to learn about and practice a variety of skills and strategies related to the areas of academics, socialization, and independent living. Discovery Group is also a chance for students to connect with their peers and share their experiences in a safe and comfortable environment.

Ideal participants for Discovery Group should a) possess a growth mindset essential for effective skill development; b) be able to communicate with College Program staff and other group participants about their challenges, experiences, and goals; and c) show respect for diverse identities and perspectives.

Below is a list of example topics from previous semester agendas used by College Program staff. Please note, this list is not a definitive indicator of the agenda for the coming semester.

  • Developing a social radar
  • Time management and smart goals
  • Relationship building and communication
  • Romantic relationships
  • Building a reputation on campus
  • Decision making and conflict resolution
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Anger management

If these topics seem interesting and worthwhile to you, then we encourage you submit the follow application.
(Discovery Groups Application Word Document) (Discovery Groups Application PDF)