Thinking College Resources


Thinking College Resources feature links to Idaho’s public colleges/universities as well as partner agencies.


Raven Scholars Program

University of Idaho (UI)

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The Raven Scholars Program is an individualized, supported-transition program for University of Idaho students on the autism spectrum. This award-winning program was founded in 2011 with funds generously donated by Tom Alberg and Judi Beck of The Raven Trust. The program is currently still operating under a gift budget and there is no additional cost for student enrollment. Participants are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

How to Participate

Students who would like to be considered for participation in the Raven Scholars program are welcome to contact us and arrange a visit. Email Raven Scholars coordinator Leslie Gwartney, or call 208-885-9107.

Vandal QUEST

University of Idaho (UI)

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Vandal QUEST (Quality University Experiences to Support Transition) is an inclusive postsecondary program designed to provide opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Idaho. The primary goal of Vandal QUEST is to provide access for students who are unable to meet traditional admissions requirements due to disability. Vandal QUEST participants are non-degree seeking students who are interested in engaging in postsecondary education to improve skills to support the achievement of personal goals related to employment, community, and independent living.


Individuals may be eligible to enroll in Vandal QUEST in two ways:

  1. Are you currently enrolled in a high school and participating in an 18-21 program and have a GPA of at least 2.5? You may be eligible to enroll in dual credit courses through the Idaho Fast Forward program. Ask your counselor about this program to find out if you are eligible and ask Vandal QUEST program directors how we can help support your efforts.
  2. Do you have a high school diploma? Contact Vandal QUEST program directors to learn about the enrollment process.

Contact Information:
Andrew Scheef, Assitant Professor
Phone: (208) 885-7677
Aleksandra Hollingshead, Associate Professor
Phone: (208) 885-0629


Washington State University (WSU)

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WSU ROAR (Responsibility Opportunities Advocacy and Respect) is a two-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The program provides individualized programs of study in education, social skills, and vocational training through person-centered planning. WSU ROAR students live communally on the Pullman campus, attend individualized programming, and complete WSU audit courses with same-aged peers. Most importantly, the WSU ROAR program welcomes young adults with I/DD to be part of the Cougar family experience. WSU ROAR is an accredited Comprehensive Transition Program (U.S. Department of Education).

Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 335-4087
Follow ROAR on Facebook for more updates.


Boise State University

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The Community and Career Readiness Studies (CCRS) Certificate is earned by students participating in the Providing Exceptional Education and Raising Standards (PEERS) Program. The PEERS Program is an inclusive, two year postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities at Boise State University. Students in the PEERS Program are enrolled in Boise State University coursework, taking PEERS specific courses pass/fail, as well as Boise State University courses for credit or as audit (depending on individual student goals). Required coursework includes paid or unpaid job experiences, on or off campus, for at least 6 hours per week during students’ second through fourth semesters. Students in the PEERS Program may be Idaho residents or nonresidents. The application deadline is March 1st for Fall admission only. Apply Now.


Lewis-Clark State College

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SPARC (Students and Professionals Accessing Resources in the Community) is a program for students with disabilities ages 18–21. It teaches key skills that lead to independence, employment, success and happiness. SPARC is a partnership between the Lewiston School District and Lewis-Clark State College and is housed on the LCSC campus, which allows SPARC students to participate in collegiate experiences. The program staff includes a certified special education teacher and an instructional assistant. Students attend an academic and functional program each morning focused on skills related to the students’ post-school goals. Each afternoon students participate in the work experience component of the program. Work sites exist throughout the community and are fully supported by the Lewiston School District. The school district and college collaboratively share the expense to rent an apartment just off the college campus. The apartment provides many opportunities for SPARC students to learn about independent living, including cooking, cleaning, managing a household budget, and having a place to call home. Students gather at the apartment in the morning to plan their daily and weekly goals and then move on to the campus where they have access to classrooms and computer labs. Students have the opportunity to audit or take college courses for credit depending on their skills and interest. SPARC students are also issued a LCSC Warrior activity card that allows access to campus events.

College of Southern Idaho (CSI)

Twin Falls, Idaho

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The College of Southern Idaho represents a shared vision and a collaborative effort of the citizens of the Magic Valley. The College of Southern Idaho offers a variety of educational opportunities to the people of South Central Idaho from its main campus in Twin Falls as well as its centers in Burley, Gooding, Jerome, and Hailey.

Schedule your campus visit as an individual or with a group. Campus tours are one-hour long and include the main circle of the Twin Falls campus.

The College of Southern Idaho welcomes applications from students interested in seeking a certificate or degree, high school students who want to participate in our Dual Credit program, International students visiting CSI, and others who want to take courses for personal enrichment.

Student Disability Services at the College of Southern Idaho, in concert with the faculty, staff, and administration, strives to ensure the provision of reasonable accommodations for all qualified student with disabilities.

Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC)

Lewiston, Idaho

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Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State is a public undergraduate college with a three-part mission of academic programs, career & technical education programs, and community programs.

We welcome you to visit our beautiful campus in Lewiston, Idaho! We have many on-campus and off-campus events throughout the year, including Discovery Day (on-campus), LC Connection (on-campus), and Information Nights (off-campus). But we also want to give you the opportunity to come whenever you want and to schedule your very own visit. We even have select Saturday visits if a Monday-Friday visit does not work out with your schedule.

LCSC offers quality education and a warm campus culture at a price that you can afford. With a personalized classroom experience in a small-college environment, we want to go the extra mile for you at LCSC. Start your journey today by visiting our Admissions page.

Disability Services at Lewis-Clark State College is committed to a college community where all students have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment.

College of Eastern Idaho (CEI)

Idaho Falls, Idaho

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The College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) is a comprehensive community college that was formerly Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC). CEI continues to be a minimal cost, open-door institution that champions career technical programs, customized industry training, basic skills instruction, workforce and community education, early college for high school, and online distance education.

The College of Eastern Idaho admits students regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.

College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) (formerly EITC) normally accepts applicants who are high school graduates or the equivalent. Other applicants may be accepted based upon review and evaluation of their education, interests, aptitudes, and experiences.

The mission of the Disability Resources & Services Office is to promote and ensure equal access for all College of Eastern Idaho students, faculty, staff, and guests.

College of Western Idaho (CWI)

Boise, Idaho

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The College of Western Idaho (CWI) is located in the Treasure Valley. CWI is the largest community college in Idaho and provides students an abundance of opportunities for learning.

You are invited to a personalized tour of the College of Western Idaho campus location of your choice to learn what it’s like to be a student at CWI. Choose one of CWI’s locations in Boise or Nampa and let us know what you are interested in so we can personalize your tour.

Applying to College of Western Idaho (CWI) is easy and everyone, regardless of your previous educational experience, is welcome. CWI offers many choices in liberal arts and sciences, and career specific programs where you can graduate with a certificate or associate degree.

CWI strives for equal academic opportunities to students based on the principles of independent living, accessible universal design, and diversity. Our Disabilities Services Office plays an integral role in fulfilling this commitment by coordinating effective academic access support services and collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and community to create diverse and inclusive learning environments which are accessible to all.

North Idaho College (NIC)

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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North Idaho College (NIC) serves a five-county community college service region, including the main campus in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which lines the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Guided campus tours are led by NIC Admissions Ambassadors who combine knowledge of our campus with information about the student experience. We accept up to two parties in a tour at one time.

Want to apply to NIC? Visit the admissions page to select your pre-admission status.

The North Idaho College Disability Support Services (DSS) office can help you with your academic accommodations, access, and other services.

Boise State University (BSU)

Boise, Idaho

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Boise State University (BSU) is designated as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. BSU is a public, metropolitan research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and experiences that foster student success and innovation.

Boise State offers several tours to fit your schedule. These include daily tours, bike tours, Saturday tours, and group visits.

Whether you’re new to college, a transfer student, a homeschool student or an international student, Boise State wants to make it easy for you to apply. Learn about the application process, scholarships, financial aid opportunities, cost of attendance and more.

Welcome to the Educational Access Center. Our office provides academic accommodations for students who may have temporary or permanent disabilities.

Idaho State University (ISU)

Pocatello, Idaho

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Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls, ISU is the state's designated lead institution in health professions.

ISU offers daily campus visits Monday through Friday with an ISU Ambassador.

Apply at Idaho State University as an Undergraduate, Graduate, International, or Early College student.

Explore ISU's Disability Services website for resources and services available.

University of Idaho (UI)

Moscow, Idaho

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The University of Idaho is one of the nation's land-grant research universities and is a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service. Beginning with our beautiful residential campus in Moscow, the university’s reach extends throughout Idaho, serving over 12,000 students with educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, and Idaho Falls, a research and extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties.

The UI provides several campus visit options so you can experience what it means to be a Vandal. From specialty events to a daily campus visit, or tours of our newly remodeled residence halls, we have the options that best fit you.

If you're ready to commit, applying for admission at the University of Idaho is simple.

UI's Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) provides equitable access to students with permanent and temporary disabilities for educational and college experiences.

Agency Resources

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a state-federal program whose goal is to assist people with disabilities prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.

Idaho State Department of Education: Special Education. To enable all students to achieve high academic standards and quality of life, the Special Education department works collaboratively with districts, agencies, and parents to ensure students receive quality, meaningful, and needed services.

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) upholds the principles of the Independent Living movement: peer support, self-help, self-determination, equality and positive systemic change.

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL) is a statewide organization which houses the Idaho Parent Training and Information Center, the Family to Family Health Information Center, Idaho Family Voices, and VSA Idaho, the State Organization on Arts and Disability.

The Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) is Idaho's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The CDHD advances evidence-based policy and practice for people with disabilities, their families, and communities through exemplary and innovative education, outreach, research, and service.

The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities promotes the capacity of people with developmental disabilities and their families to determine, access, and direct the services and/or support they need to live the lives they choose, and to build the communities ability to support their choices.

The Idaho Assistive Technology Project helps Idahoans with disabilities acquire the assistive technology they need to live more independent lives.