WinthropLIFE Program

Admissions & Exit Criteria

 2023 Graduates

Elliot, Anne, Kayla, Madelyn, and Megan


 Admissions Criteria

  • A documented intellectual disability with IQ between 45-75
  • Age 18-25 at the time of admission 
  • Motivated to learn and benefit from participation in the WinthropLIFE Program
  • Does not display significant maladaptive behaviors that would require extensive behavioral support from others
  • Must be able to transverse the university campus with minimal adult supervision
  • Demonstrates communication skills adequate to interact on the WU campus
  • Demonstrates socially acceptable behavior that allows a favorable experience on the WU campus
  • Expresses interest in living and working as independently as possible in their community after completing the WinthropLIFE program
  • Transportation to and from campus is the responsibility of the participant and his/her caregivers


See application on the "About Us" page.

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Exit Criteria

Student completes the following certificate requirements:

  • Completes an employment portfolio (resume, letters of recommendation, performance evaluation from job sites, documentation of skills learned)
  • Student and/or parent voluntarily withdraws from the program
  •  Program requirements are not met and student is withdrawn by WinthropLIFE
  •  Student's behavior becomes disruptive and/or aggressive preventing him/her from active participation in postsecondary education or employment without extensive behavioral support and supervision
  •  Within 2 years, the student earns at least 48 credits (at least 12 credits of courses with traditional Winthrop students; up to 36 credits of internship or special topics courses for WinthropLIFE participants)



Tuition and Fees

Tuition is $7,653 per semester in 2023-2024 and this includes the following:

  • Student fees: activity fee, library fee, technology fee
  • Twelve or more credits consisting of a combination of traditional Winthrop courses taken at the audit level, individualized instruction courses specifically for WinthropLIFE students, and internships on/off campus.
  • Peer mentoring in classes, in internships, and to facilitate involvement in recreational activities and college life
  • Guidance from WinthropLIFE staff to design, implement, and regularly evaluate person-centered plans

For information on Housing Rates and Meal Plan Rates - click here

Any extra fees will be discussed prior to registration for WinthropLIFE students.