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How to Apply 

Ready to apply? GOAL is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! All application requirements are listed below. Please email us at goal.info@unco.edu and request the required forms. Once you submit your request, a member of our team will reach out and send all required forms and request the following application materials:

  1. Student Application
  2. Parent Application
  3. Student Living Questionnaire
  4. Three Professional and/or Personal References
  5. Teacher Recommendation Letter
  6. Additional materials:
    • Transcripts - Unofficial or Official Transcripts are acceptable
    • Psychoeducational Evaluation and/or Plan
    • Other - The GOAL Admissions Team is eager to get to know you. Please feel free to send along any additional materials that highlight your abilities. These documents can include video presentations, self-directed IEP presentations, speeches, awards, etc.         Please send all additional materials to goal.info@unco.edu
  7. Application Checklist 

Once all materials have been submitted, a member of our team will reach out to

confirm your application submission!

Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 or older by August 1 of the academic year in which applicants are applying 
  • Exhibit strong desire to continue an academic education, career development, social development, and independent living instruction at the University of Northern Colorado
  • Have a cognitive and/or developmental disability that interferes with academic performance and social development according to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Must have been (or is presently) eligible for special education under The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)
  • Have sufficient emotional and independent living skills necessary to participate in coursework and campus life:
    • Be able to remain unsupervised for longer periods of time
    • Be able to independently manage personal care responsibilities (hygiene & grooming)
    • Demonstrate the ability to accept responsibility for his or her actions and maintain respect for him or her and others
    • No history of disruptive or challenging behaviors
  • Be able to perform at a functional academic level with or without assistive technology
    • Able to access text and read materials related to coursework with accommodations and modifications
    • Able to write complete sentences and multi-paragraph coursework with accommodations and modifications
    • Able to complete simple math problems specifically related to money with accommodations and modifications
    • Able to attend traditional UNC courses without in-class support using accommodations and modifications
  • Is independent in handling his or her own medication, specialized dietary and/or medical needs
    • Staff is not available to manage/administer medications
    • Staff does not take responsibility for specialized diets or medical needs
  • Participate in an interview involving informal academic and communication assessments with and without support from family/support persons
  • If selected for program, student agrees to:
    • Participate in Person Centered Planning Session to help determine the Course of Study
    • Attend a 2-day, New Student Orientation at University of Northern Colorado prior to the start of the academic year
    • Agree to follow all University of Northern Colorado Rules and Regulations
    • Agree to follow all University of Northern Colorado GOAL Rules and Regulations as stated in the Student Handbook