Student Support Programs

The Student Support Programs resource is a listing of programs designed specifically to support students with learning and attention differences, as well as a profile page that provides more detail about each program. We will continue to expand this resource as we learn of new campus programs. Please click here to share programs with us that may be good additions to the list. This directory includes a variety of public and private, large and small, university and college programs with a range of assistance, financial cost, and target student groups.

College STAR anchor campuses are noted with a College STAR Seal. While each College STAR anchor campus (East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and Fayetteville State University) offers a student support program for students with learning and attention differences, this directory also includes programs that were established separate from (and in some instances long before) the College STAR initiative. Our goal with this resource is simply to put information about different support programs at the fingertips of students who are looking for postsecondary settings that are just the right fit for their goals and needs.

As-U-R is a student support program focused on supporting students with executive function challenges (EFCs). Skills related to academic success such as organization, planning and setting priorities, getting starting and completing tasks, monitoring progress on tasks, and decision-making are referred to as executive function skills. Executive function challenges are defined as chronic difficulties in organizing, planning, and carrying out tasks and can make success in college-level academics much more difficult. Some college students with EFCs may have previously been assessed for or even diagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability, but others may not despite struggling with such tasks.

SKILL is an academic coaching program for students who learn differently. We believe major life transitions are equally exciting and challenging and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. We believe in creating a learning environment that encourages accountability, critical thinking, and self-awareness in order to help our students enjoy their college experience independently and responsibly.

Beacon College is an accredited, liberal arts institution of higher education, which uniquely serves the educational needs of students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other Learning Differences.

The Curry College mission is to educate and graduate students prepared to engage in successful careers and active citizenship with a global perspective. We are an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, committed to continuing our legacy of developing effective communicators with reflective and critical thinking skills. We mentor and empower our students, building meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions.

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students, and our rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities. Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded in all that we do.

The STEPP (Supporting Transition and Education through Planning and Partnership) Program's mission is to provide students with learning disabilities who aspire to achieve a college education and who demonstrate the potential for postsecondary success with access and comprehensive support throughout the university experience. By partnering with these students, their families, and a variety of educational communities, the STEPP Program fosters a network of opportunities and resources to empower and support students from admission to graduation from East Carolina University. By providing access to college for a bright group of students, designing an integrated and collaborative system of support on a public university campus, researching short-term and long-term outcomes, and partnering with a continuum of educational settings based on what we learn, STEPP will achieve the ultimate goal of the program - to open the door to a college education for students with learning disabilities here and at other universities.

The Bronco STAR program at Fayetteville State University is an academic support program designed to assist students with Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Executive Functioning Challenges, and other learning differences. Our goal is to work towards increasing access and decreasing barriers to a college degree for students who learn differently.

Landmark College’s mission is to transform the way students learn, educators teach, and the public thinks about education. We provide highly accessible approaches to learning that empower individuals who learn differently to exceed their aspirations and to achieve their greatest potential. Through the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training, the College aims to extend its mission across the nation and throughout the world.

Our Mission is to provide students the individualized support and coaching they need to develop their learning skills, realize their academic goals and work towards becoming successful independent learners.

Our mission is to identify and reduce physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers for students with disabilities. Collaboration with faculty, staff, and administrators addresses effective participation, learning needs, academic performance, and retention of students so that students’ opportunities for achievement may be equalized while supporting academic integrity.

The WV Autism Training Center’s College Program provides individualized skill building and therapeutic supports to degree seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorder through a mentored environment while navigating a college experience.

The mission of the H.E.L.P. Program is to provide educational support, remediation, and mentoring to individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

The SALT Center inspires students with learning and attention challenges to succeed in higher education. Through the provision of comprehensive academic support services, the SALT Center encourages student engagement, self-awareness, and growth.

We envision UCF to be a fully accessible campus experience that offers an inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

  • Acknowledging disability as an aspect of human diversity;
  • Cultivating awareness of the environment’s disabling barriers;
  • Collaborating on and proactively facilitating accessible environments and experiences;
  • Educating faculty and staff to create and maintain access in their spheres of influence; 
  • Shifting to an inclusive-minded attitude;

Supplementing with reasonable accommodations as a last resort measure to ensure access

The Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) at the University of Denver provides individualized support for neuro diverse learners with Learning Disabilities, and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), students on the Autism Spectrum, and students who have a history of learning differences. The mission of the LEP is two-fold: 

  1. To support and serve DU students 
  2. To serve as a resource to the University community 

ACCESS is a treatment program for college students with ADHD. ACCESS was created, developed, pilot tested, and refined as part of UNC Greensboro’s involvement in College STAR. At present, ACCESS continues to be offered through a 4-year multi-site (with VCU) Goal 3 Efficacy grant award from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

True to our Christian heritage, the University of the Ozarks prepares students from diverse religious, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to live life fully.  The Jones Learning Center (JLC), a comprehensive support program at Ozarks, is designed to serve students with documented learning disabilities, AD/HD, or autism spectrum disorder who can think critically, but need additional support to demonstrate their knowledge in a traditional academic environment.