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 being updated and will be announced to families during the application process. Fees are not expected to change drastically, these are the current fees for the program and an estimation on tuition based off number of credits taken. You may view our SRU tuition and fees page here.
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.
||Rock Life Fee
|$322.00 per credit (1932.00 for 6 credits)
||$691.38 for 6 credits
||$3,000 per semester for on-campus student and $2,000 per semester for commuter students
||$4073.00 for 4 single suites, per semester
||$1696.00 per semester
||$11,392.38 per semester
Interested in Applying?
Our application for Rock Life is now ready and available to students. Please, see our tuition and fees listed above; the Rock Life program fee is expected to increase for fall of 23. If you should have questions about the application and/or process of applying please email email@example.com.
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 2022 (Sept./Oct.)
|Due date for applications
||January 15, 2023
|Date to notify of acceptance
||March 1, 2023
We will be hosting two orientation dates this fall of 2022. You may either attend on September 21, 2022 or October 19, 2022. Please email our office at email@example.com to register for a rock life visitation date. We will have a half day of scheduled events, including tours, dining, and an information session with our staff.
In the interim, you may take a virtual tour here.
Please stay tuned for more updates for Rock Life!
Dr. Natalie E. Burick