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Prospective Students

Information for prospective students with disabilities as they consider a postsecondary education at Penn State.

Students with disabilities entering college need to be prepared for the transition to college, which includes being well informed about changes in their rights and responsibilities as well as the rights and responsibilities afforded by the university. A well informed student will enjoy the benefits of the post secondary education experience without confusion or delay.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact or visit the Student Disability Resources office in their junior or senior year of high school to find out more about disability services at the college level.

There is often a misperception by students entering college and their parents that postsecondary schools have the same responsibilities to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. While there are some similarities, the responsibilities of postsecondary schools are significantly different from those of school districts at the secondary level. Also, the responsibilities of students with disabilities are significantly different as well.

We've compiled a list of resources to help you through this transition along with a per-grade checklist starting in ninth grade.

A student with a disability who is considering a post secondary education at Penn State is encouraged to read all information contained on this website. This will help provide a better understanding of the policies and procedures regarding services for students with disabilities at Penn State.

Penn State has disability services offices at all of its campuses. For more information regarding disability services at these campuses, please contact us.

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