Winthrop University: Think College Program - FAQ
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Think College Program
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Think College Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Winthrop Think College program and who is eligible for admission?

The mission of Winthrop University's Think College Program is to provide an inclusive post-secondary education experience to students with intellectual disabilities to prepare them for competitive employment and active participation in local communities with as much independence as possible.
Eligibility for admission includes the following:
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
Age 18-25 at the time of admission with a documented intellectual disability with IQ between 45-75
Demonstrates communication skills adequate to interact on the WU campus
Demonstrates socially acceptable behavior that allows a favorable experience on the WU campus
Motivated to learn and benefit from participation in WTC Program
Transportation to and from campus is the responsibility of the participant and his/her caregivers
Caregivers support the individual's interest in living and working as independently as possible in their community after completing the WTC program.

Is a high school diploma required?

If you have a standard high school diploma, we encourage you to apply to colleges or technical programs in the traditional way since you may meet the required admission guidelines. However, if you completed high school and received special education services that did not lead to a standard high school diploma (e.g., occupational course of study diploma or certificate of completion) then we would encourage you to apply to the Winthrop Think College Program.

 Sarah, Grant, Aubrey

 Sarah, Grant and Aubrey

What is the admissions process?

Interested applicants must apply for admission by January 1st each year if they are seeking admission to the university in the next year's fall semester. Application packets can be obtained through the Winthrop Think College website. After a thoughtful review process, applicants will be notified whether or not they are accepted into the program by April 1st.

How long do students participate in the Winthrop Think College program?

Participation in the program lasts two academic years or four semesters.

How many students do you accept per year?

We accept 4 to 8 students per academic year. We have a maximum capacity of 15 students per year.

 Do you accept new students in the spring?

No, we only admit new students in the fall.


What kind of candidates are you looking for?

We look for students who are motivated and enthusiastic about attending college. Students must want to learn how to navigate a college campus and city landscape with minimal support, use time management strategies to attend class and work reliably, actively engage with peers, communicate wants, desires, and needs, demonstrate basic safety skills, exhibit basic reading and math skills, and abide by the University's Code of Conduct.

Is dual enrollment an option with Winthrop Think College?

No, students enrolled are full-time, non-degree students. They must have exited from the K-12 public school system to be enrolled in Winthrop Think College.

Can I transfer my credits to a degree seeking program?

No, students participate in all Winthrop courses under the audit status. Taking courses for credit is not an option by reason of admission status.

What does audit mean?

Audit means that the student is participating in some or all of the class activities with or without accommodations and modifications, but is not receiving a grade from the instructor or receiving traditional course credit. Each WTC student audits 1-2 classes each semester on a space-available basis. Classes are selected based on WTC program requirements and each student's person-centered plan. Winthrop Think College staff complete the registration process for all WTC students. While parents and caregivers may meet with WTC staff in regards to information or progress in audited courses, professors of these audited courses should not be directly contacted by parents. WTC staff assist in all communication with course instructors in regards to WTC program requirements and areas of focus for each student auditing traditional courses. 

Do students participate in traditional graduation?

Yes, students who successfully complete the program requirements for WTC will participate in the May commencement ceremony.

Graduation 2018

Class of 2018: Christopher, Kenna, Katie, Mike, Grant, Matthew, Aubrey and Shanika

 Do students have a curfew?

Typical of college, students do not have a curfew. However, our residential mentors offer guidance, encourage healthy sleep habits, and monitor students' general whereabouts on campus.

Do students get tickets to sporting events?

Yes, attending sporting events is a central part of the college experience. As part of your university fees, students are provided seats in the student section of all Winthrop University sporting events.


Peer mentors and students at a Winthrop Soccer game.

 What is a peer mentor and are they paid?

A peer mentor is an enrolled Winthrop student who consistently provides academic and social support to a Think College student. It is a paid position. Peer Mentors can also serve as Residential Peer Mentors.


Last Updated: 4/9/20