SUCCESS (Students United for Campus-Community Engagement for Post-Secondary Success), a partnership of UMBC and the Maryland Department of Disabilities, is the first 4-year college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities in Maryland.

SUCCESS Program Overview

Application of the AY 15

SUCCESS Newsletter

The primary goals of SUCCESS are:
  • Employability
  • Independent Living
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving Skills Development

These goals exist within the context of an integrated environment, the UMBC campus.

The weekly schedule follows the UMBC academic schedule and is Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4pm. The first year curriculum includes a First Year Seminar for SUCCESS and UMBC degree seeking students, a Service-Learning course, Independent Living and Campus Based Internships.

This initiative offers the SUCCESS students the opportunity to interact with their peers through a wide array of inclusive educational, social and recreational campus-based activities. SUCCESS students are matriculated into UMBC as non-degree, non-credit students and are registered in a series of courses. In addition to these courses, the SUCCESS students participate in activities focused on their reflection on their college journey through photography and journaling, their physical and mental wellness, and their exposure to as many aspects as possible of the UMBC campus and experience. The SUCCESS students will exit this experience with a certificate of completion.

The next cohort of 6-8 students will be admitted for Fall 2014.  For details on how to apply, costs, and related information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Students eligible for SUCCESS must:

—  Be a full time resident of Maryland and have an intellectual disability

—  Have exited high school with a certificate, and be at least 21 and no older than 24

—  Be able to read at a 3rd grade level (minimum requirement)

—  Have knowledge of basic mathematics and the ability to use a calculator

—  Have knowledge of basic keyboarding skills and the ability to use a computer

—  Exhibit conduct and behavior that are age appropriate

—  Have the ability to function independently for a sustained period of time

—  Have the ability to be successful in competitive employment situations

—  Have the desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program

Have a willingness to complete all assignments with support

Housing is available as a private pay, off campus option — Residential Options.

Applications will be accepted beginning in February 2013, with admissions conducted on a rolling basis.
Many individuals with intellectual disabilities also have epilepsy and, therefore, may be eligible for specific scholarships. For more information, go to: The Ira Rosenzwog Memorial Scholarship Fund