By GVC Staff
Professional organizations that track disability in the United States note that levels of disability employment, earnings and health vary greatly from state to state. It’s also true that there is still a vast disparity between American Colleges when it comes to educating people with disabilities. Some colleges in America are well equipped to aid people who have a disability, while others have some catching up to do. This list will show you the 50 colleges in America that have top-notch disability services that allow their students to succeed!
Being a student with a disability means many things. Disabled students need to overcome a stigma regarding their place in society. Many people with disabilities have the means to gain a fulfilling career, but society is not providing for them. Luckily, there are colleges in America that recognize that a disability does not mean that someone should be held back.
The best colleges for students with disabilities provide a range of facilities, services, and accommodations that ensure success. But they also create an environment where a disabled person does not feel excluded. They also ensure that all students are able to gain strong levels of success after college. Disabled or not, the alumni of the best colleges enter the workforce, thanks to how the college has prepared them
Any of the colleges in the following list is a fine place for a person with disabilities to study. However, it’s also possible that none of the colleges listed below is right for you. If that’s the case, then that’s ok. The article is still useful. Each entry includes a detailed summary of what the college is doing for its disabled students and any other helpful initiatives that it might be running. You can use these summaries to compare and contrast with your own college options. If any college is doing the same things or aims to do the same things, as the colleges listed below, then that’s a strong sign that it’s the right college for you.
With so many different lists recommending colleges for disabled students online, it can be hard to identify the truly great colleges. But that’s why this article exists. We’ve sorted through all of the other disability-friendly colleges lists and found the most consistent high performers. After this, we’ve conducted our own extensive research to ensure that the colleges are just as disability friendly as the sources claim them to be.
Our full list of sources is as follows:
Prepscholar, The 18 Best Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities: https://blog.prepscholar.com/the-18-best-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities
Best Colleges Online, 20 Incredible Colleges for Students With Special Needs: https://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/20-incredible-colleges-for-special-needs-students/
College Magazine, Top 10 Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities: https://www.collegemagazine.com/top-10-accommodating-schools-students-learning-disabilities/
College Magazine, Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities: https://www.collegemagazine.com/top-10-campuses-for-students-with-physical-disabilities/
Very Well Health, A Guide to the Best Colleges and Universities for Disabled Students: https://www.verywellhealth.com/best-colleges-and-universities-for-disabled-students-1094458
Accredited Schools Online, Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/best-accredited-colleges-schools-for-students-with-disabilities/
College Xpress, The Experts’ Choice: Colleges Where Learning-Disabled Students Succeed: https://www.collegexpress.com/lists/list/the-experts-choice-colleges-where-learning-disabled-students-succeed/398/
Dyslexic Advantage, The Best And Worst Colleges For Dyslexia: https://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/best-colleges-for-dyslexia/
The Atlantic, The Road to Higher Education With an “Invisible Disability”: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/there-is-no-right-way-to-learn/501044/
Dealing With Different, Best Colleges For The Physically Disabled? (We List 20): https://dealingwithdifferent.com/disability-friendly-colleges/
Friendship Circle, 17 Great Colleges for Students With Special Needs: https://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2011/12/02/17-great-colleges-for-students-with-special-needs/
Our final list is ranked by combined source ranking, evidence of innovation in providing disability services, evidence that shows a strong outcome for students with disabilities and evidence of dedication to future improvements.
Our ranking, from 50 to one, is below:
50. Sinclair College
In addition to offering a wide range of accommodations and facilities to students, Sinclair College is an active participant in Disability Employment Awareness Month. It regularly runs talks and other events focused on disability during this time. These include discussions on how to break the stereotypes regarding physical and mental disability and free film screenings about people with disabilities. The college even gives out free popcorn at these film screenings! Dyslexic Advantage gives Sinclair College 10 stars out of 10.
49. University of the Ozarks
The Jones Learning Center at University of the Ozarks describes itself as possessing “a one of a kind set of tools and services to help students excel.” This center has been in existence since 1971, long before many other colleges established centers to support their students with disabilities. Throughout its existence, the center has provided some of America’s best disability assistance while maintaining a low student to staff ratio. College Xpress and Dyslexic Advantage both recommend University of the Ozarks.
48. Guilford College
Greensboro, North Carolina
The faculty members at Guilford College are active in promoting disability services in the community. For instance, the college’s president, Jane K. Fernandes, has attended events such as Shopper’s Day, which pairs volunteers with shoppers with disabilities. Being taught by faculty who have a passion for disability awareness and assistance pays off for the college’s students. For example, Bryan Dooley is a 2013 graduate with a disability who has written for Huffington Post and other successful publications. Dyslexic Advantage gives Guilford college 10 stars out of 10.
47. University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
One of the more innovative ways that University of Michigan helps its students with disabilities is by organizing PASS, Peer Assisted Study Sessions. These allow students with similar disabilities to establish together a range of learning techniques to make the most of their study. The college is also establishing itself as a thought leader on disability issues. It currently hosts a range of events, such as SpeakABLE, that give unique and very personal perspectives on disability. Both Dyslexic Advantage and Friendship Circle recognize the college as being one of the best for students with special needs.
46. Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Calvin College’s disability services were pioneered by Tom Hoeksema. For over 38 years, he led the Special Education Department of the college. Thanks to his work, many Christian schools across the country were able to take on an increasing number of students with disabilities. Hoeksema retired in 2012, but the college is determined to maintain the disability services that he implemented. To this day, Calvin College is raising awareness for disability issues. For instance, in January 2019, it hosted the Disability & Social Structures public conference. Dyslexic Advantage gives Calvin College 10 stars out of 10.
45. Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University calls itself the “premier institution of learning, teaching and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.” It has been teaching these students for over 150 years. Lessons at this college are taught in sign language, meaning that students fluent in signing will thrive at this institution. However, the college’s work has had a strong impact on the entire American disabled community. For instance, it was a strong proponent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And its graduates have gone on to highly successful careers. Current alumni have worked in the White House, the Smithsonian, the National Institutes of Health, the CIA and many more impressive organizations! Accredited Schools Online and Best Colleges Online both consider Gallaudet University to be one of the top institutions for disabled people.
44. Nicholls State University
The staff and faculty at Nicholls State University do a number of things to help students with disabilities. For example, on the most recent empathy day, many college staff members used “walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes and braces to increase disability awareness and raise money.” Nicholls State University also runs the Bridge to Independence program, which allows students with intellectual disabilities to gain employable skills. It is the only program of its kind in Louisiana that is certified by the Department of Education. Dyslexic Advantage gives the college 10 stars out of 10.
43. American International College
The one on one tutoring on offer for students with disabilities at American International College has led to it being featured on Very Well Health and Friendship Circle’s lists. But what really makes the college’s approach unique is how it involves a disabled student’s family. A student with a disability at American International College will find that the college keeps their family informed upon how it is helping their family member. This approach remains in place throughout a student’s stay at the college, meaning that families are always in the loop, and that students feel as if their family is at the college, helping them through the degree.
42. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida
Dyslexic Advantage notes that part of what makes Embry Riddle Aeronautical University so good for students with disabilities is that it has incredibly friendly professors. Thanks to these professors and the other support services on campus, students with disabilities achieve incredible feats. For instance, one graduate, Heather Taylor, is now a motivational speaker, writer, community activist, educator and musician. She has performed events such as flying all across Florida to advocate for people with disabilities. She says that “disability is not the end of my life, though it does change it quite a bit,” but her education has allowed her to achieve incredible things.
41. University of Minnesota
Dyslexic Advantage is highly impressed with University of Minnesota’s Disability Resource Center, giving it nine out of 10 stars. All of its services are free to students with disabilities. The only downside that it notes is that its audio resources are in too short a supply. Accredited Schools Online is also impressed with the college. The source also notes that the US government considers the college to be one of the best places for disabled students to learn. That’s because the government has named it a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity has had a long and pioneering history. For instance, it has had computer accommodations on campus since 1980, when many places didn’t use computer technology whatsoever!
40. Iowa State University
Dyslexic Advantage gives Iowa State University’s disability resources a nine out of 10. The source is particularly impressed with the range of free learning support on offer. Very Well Health also cites these resources when recommending the college. Unlike some colleges in America, Iowa State University’s accessibility services have an incredibly positive view of the disabled in society. In fact, it believes “that disability is a naturally occurring aspect of the diversity of life and that it is an integral part of society and to the Iowa State University campus community.”
39. Mercyhurst University
The Learning Differences Program at Mercyhurst University has been running for over 30 years. This program predates the American with Disabilities Act, and shows that the college has always been dedicated to making those with differences succeed. Hundreds of current graduates of Mercyhurst’s Learning Development program are now “teachers, counselors, hotel administrators, business executives and professionals throughout the legal and criminal justice systems,” and much more. Best Colleges Online names Mercyhurst University as the ninth best college for students with special needs. Prepscholar also recommends the college.
38. California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California
The Bob Murphy Access Center at California State University, Long Beach has been responsible for ensuring that over 10,000 students with disabilities have graduated to date. However, in 2019, the college’s disability services became better than ever. That’s because the home of the center moved to the brand new Student Access Center, which offers state of the art facilities. And if that weren’t good enough, then the Murphy Family Foundation has also created the Bridge Project with the university. This project aims to enroll significantly more students with disabilities at the college in the future. Dyslexic Advantage gives California State University, Long Beach 10 out of 10 stars for the current facilities and accommodations on offer.
37. Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, New Jersey
All students with disabilities are accommodated at Fairleigh Dickinson University. However, the university also has specialized programs that are intended to get students with particular issues through their education. One example of this is COMPASS, which gives individualized support to students who have high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. Due to the college’s approach to disability support, Prepscholar and Very Well Health consider Fairleigh Dickinson University to be one of the best colleges for a student with a disability.
36. Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Dyslexic Advantage states that the staff members in Cornell University’s disability office are top notch. Cornell University has also been working hard at partnering with other organizations for the purpose of boosting enrollment of students with disabilities. For instance, the Kessler Foundation recently gave the college $350,000 to help post 9/11 veterans with disabilities find employment after graduation. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The college’s Yang-Tan Institute has been enhancing equal opportunities for people with disabilities for over 50 years.
35. Northeastern University
The downside to Northeastern University’s most comprehensive program for students with disabilities is that it only takes on 45 students per year. Students that do get accepted into the program are given access to a learning disabilities specialist, who helps students with all aspects of college life. However, the general support services for students with disabilities are still strong. Northeastern’s Disability Resource Center has been in existence since 1978, meaning its experience with disabilities is second to none. College Magazine and Prepscholar name Northeastern University as being one of the best colleges for disabled students.
34. Stanford University
In addition to the services that come as standard with disability friendly colleges, Stanford University has some incredible extras. For instance, college bus and shuttle services are free for students with disabilities. Stanford University’s Office of Accessible Education also hosts a range of events that aim to highlight the disabled community in society. For instance, it organizes monologues that challenge perceptions of mental health. Dealing With Different names Stanford University as the 16th best college for the physically disabled. Dyslexic Advantage features the college on its list and notes that its learning center has recently been restructured.
33. Loras College
Dyslexic Advantage gives the disability services on offer at Loras College 10 stars out of 10. The source also notes that other colleges have asked Loras College for help with their disability programs. College Xpress also names it a fantastic college for students with learning disabilities. The disability services on offer at Loras college are divided into three levels of service. The Enhanced Program provides a learning strategies course, weekly meetings with learning staff members and peer tutors. There is also an Autism Specific Program and the Accommodation Services Program.
32. Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York
Hofstra University runs on a principle called the Universal Design for Learning. It is specifically geared to break down barriers to education. Students with disabilities are accommodated for in this system by designing buildings with facilities that are usable for all and by breaking down barriers to education in the classroom. And any student who has a learning disability can enroll in the Program for Academic Learning Skills, which pairs a student with a learning specialist from freshman year until graduation. This system allows students and instructors to have an incredibly personalized method of working out how to best achieve a student’s study goals. College Xpress and Best Colleges Online both rank Hofstra University.
31. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The story of Jack Duffy-Protentis shows how successful students with disabilities can be at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Duffy-Protentis has a degenerative eye disease and dyslexia However, he is succeeding in his degree and is developing and designing adaptive technology while studying. He has also received a scholarships for assistive technology. Dyslexic Advantage gives Worcester Polytechnic Institute 10 stars out of 10 for its disability services. College Xpress’s expert sourced list names the college one of the best places for students with learning disabilities.
30. Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
The Disability Programs and Services Center at Northern Kentucky University provides many great opportunities for students. But what makes College Magazine name the college as the 10th best for the physically disabled is the fact that the center will go as far as finding a personal care attendant for needing students. Dealing With Different also names the college as the 14th best for physical disabilities. In fact, Northern Kentucky University considers itself to be a leader in disability services in the state of Kentucky. It is fully committed to maintaining this reputation. The college even encourages its students with disabilities to report anything that may be a barrier to their success.
29. Bellevue College
Dyslexic Advantage presents a positive experience of the disability services on offer at Bellevue Community College, noting that the Disability Resource Center is supportive and easy to use. However, Best Colleges Online is wowed by the college’s education program for developmentally disabled adults. Overall, the source names it the fourth best college for students with disabilities. The college’s Disability Resource Center has an ambitious mission statement to transform the presentation of disability as a valued part of life. With all of the great things that the college is doing for disabled people, it’s certainly achieving this aim!
28. University of Houston
The services on offer to students with disabilities at University of Houston are great at ensuring that students have access to education and careers. That’s because, as Accredited Schools Online states, there are scholarships and internships specifically for disabled students. However, the college also encourages all of its students to be as individual and independent as possible. This gives it a unique approach that lets any student thrive. Dealing With Different also considers University of Houston to be a great college for the disabled.
27. University of Vermont, Burlington
Dyslexic Advantage gives University of Vermont, Burlington 10 out of 10 stars for its disability services. It has only good things to say about the accommodations on offer. Dealing With Different places the college as the 20th best for the physically disabled, noting that it is constantly expanding its offerings. The college’s disability center has had a vision to keep on growing ever since it first opened in 1974. This vision goes beyond just its own facilities and services. It currently is coordinating 20 projects that are aiming to make the State of Vermont more inclusive.
26. Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at Michigan State University is filled with success stories. For example, there is Dr. Daehee Lee, who lost his eyesight at the age of 18. But thanks to Michigan State University, this disability did not stop him from gaining his degree. In fact, his experience with the college’s disability services directly shaped the path of his career. After using software for the blind at Michigan State University, he decided to create his own versions of the software in his native South Korea. Friendship Circle highly recommends Michigan State University and Dealing With Different names it the 10th best college for the physically disabled.
25. University of Missouri
University of Missouri’s Flexible Attendance program has led College Magazine to name it the ninth best college for the physically disabled. Dealing With Different also names the college as being the 12th best for the physically disabled. University of Missouri’s Disability Center website is filled with success stories. And students are quick to praise their experiences. For example, Sammie Davidson says “The Disability Center is awesome. It’s really nice to know I have reassurance in the notes I take and that I am getting the correct information.”
24. Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahwah, New Jersey
The historical dedication of treating students with disabilities as equals is what has led College Magazine to name Ramapo College as the seventh best college for the physically disabled. The source notes that ever since the college opened in the early 1970s, it has provided equal access to students, both through its facilities and teaching. Dealing With Different also names the college as the 15th best for the physically disabled. Ramapo College of New Jersey continues to be a place where students are given as many opportunities to succeed as possible. For example, the college allows students to take emotional support animals with them throughout campus.
23. Wright State University
Dealing With Different names Wright State University as the 17th best college for the physically disabled. College Magazine is even more impressed, placing it at second best for the physically disabled. Wright State University is definitely able to accommodate a large number of students with disabilities. It currently assists over 800 enrolled students who have a wide range of mental and physical impairments. All 800+ students can access assistance incredibly easily. The Office of Disability Services even has a walk-in center that is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
22. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Accredited Schools Online is especially impressed with the quality of disability accommodation on offer at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The source notes that the college’s case managers are able to assist students with disabilities on an individualized basis. Further assistance is provided from specialized instructors. However, the disability services at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign go much further than classroom assistance. The disability office even helps students to plan and explore career opportunities after graduation. College Magazine names the college as the second best in America for the physically disabled.
21. Curry College
The methodology sources have different opinions of Curry College. Prepscholar, College Magazine, College Xpress and Friendship Circle all name it one of the best colleges for students with disabilities. But Dyslexic Advantage gives it one out of 10 stars, saying that for dyslexic students, the services are expensive and ineffective. Despite these mixed responses, Curry College certainly has some strong evidence to back up its claims of being a strong college for students with disabilities. For instance, it has the Program for Advancement of Learning, or PAL. This program is the first in America to focus on students who have language learning disabilities, executive function disorders or ADHD.
20. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
College Magazine and Dealing With Different both have very similar opinions regarding Southern Illinois University, Carbondale’s accommodation of the physically disabled. The sources rank the college eighth and ninth respectively. However, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale also has a range of high quality programs that are for people with learning disabilities. For example, there is the Achieve Program, that serves students with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, processing disorders and more. This program boosts a student’s chances of success by creating highly individualized assistance, allowing professionals to tailor support to fit a student’s personal needs.
19. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dyslexic Advantage, Dealing With Different and College Xpress all name University of Wisconsin, Madison as being one of the best colleges for students with disabilities. Part of what makes the disability services at University of Wisconsin, Madison so strong is that its team liaises with students to coordinate a range of awareness activities together. For example, when the student organization Advocates for Diverse Abilities hosted an adaptive technology and innovation fair, the college’s McBurney Disability Resource Center was involved with the event.
18. Mitchell College
New London, Connecticut
The Thames Program at Mitchell College is a fantastic choice for any student with a learning disability who wants to test the college experience before committing full time. This unique program aims to transition students from high school to university. Even if a student who enrolls in the transition program does not go on to a full time degree, they will at the very least have almost certainly learned many incredible skills. It ensures that students have increased confidence, greater maturity and connections with the college’s community. Friendship Circle, Prepscholar and College Xpress all recommend Mitchell College for students with learning disabilities.
17. Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia
Thanks to the West Virginia Autism Training Center, Marshall University has been able to improve its services to students with disabilities. Best Colleges Online names it the tenth best college for people with disabilities. It is also recommended by Dyslexic Advantage and Friendship Circle. Since 2002, Marshal University has been running the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program runs throughout the summer and allows high school students with autism to prepare for college life. The college also has a wide range of disability services for other students.
16. Edinboro University
Dealing With Different ranks Edinboro University as the sixth best college for the physically disabled due to the college’s commitment to expanding its facilities and services. College Magazine also considers the college to be the fourth best for physically disabled people. Lastly, Accredited Schools Online also features the college on its unnumbered list. But the acclaim for Edinboro University’s disability services is nothing new. In fact, the college has been providing “nationally renowned support services” for more than 40 years.
15. Lesley University
Prepscholar praises Lesley University’s Threshold program, a two-year certificate program, that ensures that students who would typically struggle in college can achieve success. The program provides incredible levels of support for students with disabilities “at every step of their journey.” And when Lesley University says this, it means not just during the course of study. The college also offers programs that transition its graduating students into work in relevant fields. These programs include offering a ‘Bridge Year” where students are allowed to work in internships for nine months while staying in halls of residence. The Atlantic and Very Well Health also praise Lesley University.
14. Augsburg University
One thing that sets Augsburg University apart from other liberal arts colleges that its disability assistance is mostly free or low cost. It even compiles a range of technologies for students that are between $25 to $0. And there are dedicated areas across the college where students with disabilities can access facilities that will aid them with their studies. This includes the Groves Lab, which is filled with specialized computers, scanners, printers and testing rooms for students with disabilities. Prepscholar, Very Well Health and Friendship Circle all praise the college as being great for disabled students.
13. Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Accredited Schools Online considers Rochester Institute of Technology to have a fantastic school for the deaf. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is a world-leading resource for the students it serves. However, Best Colleges Online also notes that Rochester Institute of Technology has fine facilities for ADD and learning disability students. Prepscholar states that for a fee of $660 per semester, a student can meet with a mentor once a week to help them with anything that may be obstructing their studies. As well as providing strong disability services to students, Rochester Institute of Technology also runs the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research, which aims to bring “together faculty and students who conduct and publish research at leading computing and education venues, on accessibility and assistive technology for diverse users.”
12. University of Denver
Thanks to two different programs on offer at University of Denver, all students with disabilities are accommodated. One is the Learning Effectiveness Program, which provides counseling, tutoring, management assistance and more for $1,350 per quarter. But for students who can’t afford this, there is the Disability Services Program, which allows students to access extended time for tests in distraction-free environments, note takers, interpreters and other services. Because of these services, Best Colleges Online names University of Denver the 16th best college for disabled students. Prepscholar and College Xpress also feature the college in their lists.
11. DePaul University
Prepscholar is impressed with Depaul University’s Center for Students with Disabilities. In particular, it notes that the students can access a learning specialist clinician to help them navigate their academics. However, the clinician services are charged in addition to a student’s tuition. Luckily, students who need to access the college’s disability services can do so from both of the college’s Chicago campuses, as there is a building on both sites. Best Colleges Online names DePaul University the 13th best college for students with disabilities. College Xpress and Very Well Health also rank it on their lists.
10. Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York
The students with disabilities at Marist University who are enrolled in the Learning Support Program have unequaled levels of support. That’s because a learning specialist works with them one on one, ensuring that the student’s needs are accommodated. Most students who access the program are able to meet up with their specialist twice per week. The learning goals that are worked on in this session are individualized, but typically they involve improving writing skills, note-taking skills, organization skills, exam skills and time management skills. This program is filled with highly experienced professionals. In fact, the program has been running since 1982. Four methodology sources recommend Marist College as being one of the best colleges for students with disabilities.
9. University of California, Berkeley
Four different sources state that University of California, Berkeley is one of the best colleges for students with disabilities. When it comes to staff members who understand the needs of people with disabilities, then the college is second to none. On campus, there are disability specialists, professional development counseling and accessibility experts. And there are plenty of these experts to see to the entire student body. At present, over 1,600 undergraduate students are enrolled in the Disabled Students’ Program, which ensures that students are “getting to class regularly, meeting with faculty and peers to study and learn” and doing much more.
8. Lynn University
Boca Raton, Florida
The Institute for Achievement and Learning at Lynn University has ensured that students with learning disabilities are able to receive all the assistance that they require. As well as more traditional accommodations, this institute actively incorporates “innovative academic support services that creatively link all aspects of Lynn University with academic achievement to become independent learners.” For example, thanks to the Institute for Achievement and Learning, students are able to engage with their curriculum through an iPad, which is given to all students at the start of study. Five different methodology sources rank Lynn University as being one of the best colleges for students with disabilities.
7. Ball State University
The methodology lists are incredibly polarized when it comes to ranking Ball State University. Dealing With Different and College Magazine both name it America’s best college for the physically disabled. But no other sources feature it. When it comes to students with a physical disability, then the college is indeed world leading. It has housing, transportation, seating, tables and much more suited for those with physical disabilities. But the advantage that Ball State University offers for students with disabilities goes far beyond just the world-leading facilities. The college provides a range of training for its faculty, to ensure that they know how to provide for disabled students in the right manner.
6. American University
Five methodology sources name American University as being one of the best colleges for students with disabilities. Prepscholar is impressed with the college’s Academic Support and Access Center, which provides a range of helpful services to students. It also notes that the college has the Learning Services Program, which provides freshman students with disabilities with individual program coordinators, however, this costs $4,700. The college is always keen to expand its services to a wider number of students. For instance, in 2019, it has started a weekly program for students on the autistic spectrum. American University also ranks at 17th on Best Colleges Online and sixth on College Magazine’s learning disabilities list. Additionally, the college has an eight out of 10 score on Dyslexic Advantage and is featured on College Xpress’s expert sourced list.
5. University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Of the five sources that name University of Iowa one of the best colleges for students with disabilities, Best Colleges Online is the most impressed. This source names it the top college for students with special needs in the USA. There are many reasons why a source would name University of Iowa one of the best, if not the best college for students with disabilities. For example, it offers a range of incredible scholarships and awards for students with a certain disability.
4. University of Connecticut
Six sources highly recommend University of Connecticut’s disabilities services. This is especially impressive, as the college’s sprawling campus could easily be an impediment for many students with disabilities. Instead, the college goes out of its way to accommodate these students, providing many buses, shuttles and many more things around campus to make education easier. However, the college is not content with just its current measures. It is continually updating its infrastructure. For example, in summer 2019, University of Connecticut will undertake a range of upgrades to buildings all over the campus.
3. Beacon College
Seven different sources name Beacon College as one of the best colleges for students with disabilities. College Magazine is the source most impressed, naming it America’s second best college for students who are learning disabled. What is key to the source’s high ranking is the college’s small class sizes. To ensure that every student can get the education that they deserve, class sizes at Beacon College never exceed 15 people. Beacon College is one of two in America that are specifically geared towards students with learning disabilities. Beacon’s specialized approach has seen results, with strong numbers to back its education up. 70% of students have an on-time graduation rate, and 83.5% of graduates secure employment or graduate school placement.
2. University of Arizona
Almost all of the methodology sources are amazed with University of Arizona’s commitment to helping its students with disabilities. Most of these sources rave about the quality of the college’s Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center. This center creates an individual education plan for every student with a disability, boosting each student’s chance of success. However, this is just one aspect of the college’s phenomenal resources. The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center is always doing things that ensure everyone’s approach to inclusivity is the best that it can be. For instance, it regularly hosts events like the Access Vs. Inclusion workshops for student clubs and organizations. This approach means that Friendship Circle, Dealing with Different, The Atlantic, Dyslexic Advantage, College Xpress, Accredited Schools Online, College Magazine, Best Colleges Online and Prepscholar all rave over University of Arizona’s approach.
1. Landmark College
While both Landmark College and University of Arizona have recommendations from nine methodology sources, Landmark College is the only one to gain a first place ranking. College Magazine is the source that names the Landmark College the best college in America for students with learning disabilities. It ranks the college highly due to its emphasis on innovation, noting that its motto of “We learn differently” is adhered to at every opportunity. The college is exclusively for people with learning disabilities and finds the best possible ways to teach these students. The college has put innovation right at the heart of its current strategic plan. Its highest priority is to “identify and assess ambitious opportunities and innovations that could provide future growth and institutional transformation.”