Rock Life is a Slippery Rock University (SRU) four-year college-based program that provides an inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18-26 as defined by the AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Rock Life focuses on four pillars of success:1) academic enrichment, 2) career exploration, 3) health and wellness, and 4) social engagement. Rock Life is committed to providing a robust college experience that prepares students for employment, living independence, self-advocacy, and a balanced adult life.
Rock Life incorporates a combination of person-centered approaches that includes program specific coursework; auditing of selected SRU courses based on student interest; clubs and social organizations; on-campus housing; on-campus vocational opportunities; faculty advising; and peer coach support. Rock Life students who complete the four-year program will receive a certificate of completion issued by SRU.
Rock life is committed to supporting the vision of SRU: “Slippery Rock University will excel as a caring community of lifelong learners connecting with the world.”
*Rock Life students taking coursework for credit must meet all the individual degree requirements.
Rock Life students are given the option to live in Watson Hall in the Rock Life Living Learning Community (LLC). These LLC’s are designed for students of a similar interest to live on the floor together. Watson Hall has the Rock Life LLC, Education LLC and Honors LLC all living in the same building. LLC's are popular housing options at Slippery Rock and are shown to increase retention rate for the students.
Rock Life students are eligible to commute to campus and receive the same amount of support an on-campus student would receive in terms of college coaching. Commuters are still expected to work on skills in all four of the Rock Life pillars.
Rock Life Fees:
Rock Life fees are listed below and are subject to change at any time.
Please note, all Rock Life students are charged a Rock Life program fee, SRU tuition/fees, Room and Board. Program fees and tuition costs may vary for each student depending on commuter status and number of credits audited. You may view our SRU tuition and fees page here. You may also view housing information here.
||Rock Life Fee
|$322.00 per credit (1932.00 for 6 credits)
||$691.38 for 6 credits
||$3,850 per semester for on-campus students and $2,000 per semester for commuter students
||$4073.00 for 4 single suites, per semester
||$1696.00 per semester
||$12,242.38 per semester
Interested in Applying?
Our application for fall 2024 is now open. If you are interested in touring or would like to setup a meeting via zoom please email email@example.com.
The application is listed below.
Please note, our application is a PDF and needs to be turned in via USPS mail or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please apply here.
|Rock Life Application Dates
||Fall 2023 (Sept./Oct.)
|Due date for applications
||January 15, 2024
|Date to notify of acceptance
||March 1, 2024
Rock Life Open House
Rock Life will be hosting two open house events:
Wednesday February 21st, 2024 – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Wednesday April 24th, 2024 – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
If interested in the open house days, please RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
Dr. Natalie E. Burick
For general Rock Life inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org