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Question #39:
  • I am a high school senior with a learning disability. I would like to know how much help can I get from the 3 colleges I have chosen: Regis University in Denver, CO, Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA and Muskingum College in OH.
Answer #39:
  • Since you do not describe the details of your learning disability, it is difficult for me to know which school is best suited for you. However, I can help you compare the programs and hope that you will be able to use the information to make an informed decision.
    Regis University has a wonderful program for underachievers, and will really give a chance to a student who might not have achieved fantastic high school grades or SAT scores. Students accepted into the Freshman Commitment Program remain there for two semesters and if they are successful, they are admitted into the university proper. The goals of the program are to provide students with the support necessary to be successful learners and to help them develop the analytical processes needed for high achievement in an academic setting. Students in the Commitment Program are required to limit many outside activities such as sports and extracurriculars which could affect their studies.
    At Muskingum College, the PLUS Program supports students with learning disabilities throughout their years at the college. Program participation can be adjusted according to need, from full support to partial participation (maintenance). The Program offers qualified students individual or small group content-based learning strategies, instruction, and content tutorial support. The program also assists students in balancing courses and determining appropriate academic workloads each semester, guiding each student toward ultimate learning independence.
    Mercyhurst College offers the Structured Program for Students with Learning Differences, which provides a full range of services from writing and math help to a required freshman study hall. Peer tutoring is available, as are a support group and a student advocate.
    When you are considering which school is best for you, remember to think about location, size, and other offerings. It is wonderful to have a good LD support program, but if you hate mountains and snow, Denver might not be the place for you. It is perfectly okay to e-mail or call the colleges and ask to speak with someone in the Office of Learning Disabilities. If they are accessible and answer your questions readily, you will know how they will treat you if you become one of their students. If you constantly get the run-around and cannot get the help you need, you might need to think twice before you place yourself in that program's hands.
    You can find the home pages of these and many other colleges on the EDUFAX site.
    EDUFAX provides services for the Learning Disabled Student.
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