Is Beyond Academics the right fit for you?

Students in the Beyond Academics program study life planning, self determination, and career planning with supports. They also benefit from UNCG resources and elective coursework. 

Criteria for Admission
Students must:

  • Have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability. Refer to the American Association on IDD for a definition of intellectual disability.

  • Be their own legal guardian.

  • Be at least 18 years old before August 1st of the Fall semester for which they are applying.

  • Have concluded secondary education with a diploma, certificate of completion, or equivalent before Fall enrollment.

  • Have basic safety skills in unsupervised settings during non-service hours.

Beyond Academics asks that students reflect on their personal desire to develop skills in self-determination, independent living, and career planning when considering this program. The backing of families and support networks is also important. We suggest that families read this Think College brief for more information about decision-making options for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

How to Apply

Application Checklist

Completed online application
$75 non-refundable application fee
High school transcript

Students can upload an unofficial copy to their application. If admitted, our office will request an official copy.

Current Individual Education Plan (IEP)
A psychological evaluation (within 3 years of application)

Must include:
Assessment of intellectual/cognitive ability.
Assessment of adaptive behavior measuring areas of conceptual, social, and practical skills.
Assessment of educational achievement in areas of reading, mathematics, and written language.

Three (3) references who have known the student for at least one (1) year

Must include:
One (1) vocational reference (e.g. VR counselor, job coach, employer, supervisor).
One (1) school district reference (e.g. teacher, counselor, transition coordinator, school coach).
One (1) community reference (e.g. pastor, community rec coach, volunteer site, neighbor you are close to).

Most recent individual support plan

ONLY REQUIRED IF you receive services from a human services provider.


One (1) support services reference (e.g. case manager, care coordinator, individual support provider).


References will receive a Recommendation Request from The link they receive will be unique to the student’s application. The recommendation form will indicate the applicant is applying to the UNC Greensboro Graduate School since our office uses the same application management system, but their recommendation will be submitted to the Office of Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education (Beyond Academics).

Letters of Recommendation must include:

  • 1. How the reference knows the applicant
  • 2. How they believe the applicant would benefit from the Beyond Academics program at UNCG in the following areas:
    • •  Academics
    • •  Life Planning
    • •  Career Development

Next Steps

Once applications are received and reviewed by the Beyond Academics admissions committee, students are notified by email with additional information about their application status.

If selected, personal meetings will be held with prospective students and their parent(s) or supporting family member(s). Due to the number of applications received, the Beyond Academics Admissions committee may not meet with every applicant.


Deadline Application Due Decision Available
Early Action November 1 By December 15
Early Action II December 1 By January 30
Scholarship Consideration January 15 4-6 weeks, ongoing
Regular March 1 4-6 weeks, ongoing
Rolling July 15 Limited, as space allows