Originally Posted: Mar 13, 2015
Last Updated: Apr 7, 2021
Are you a student with a learning difference or a family member helping your LD student navigate the college search and application process? The CollegeXpress Team has compiled our favorite resources that are just for you: college lists, expert advice, articles and blogs, and scholarship listings. We hope these are helpful as you search for the best-fit school that can accommodate your needs as you pursue your college and career goals!
Lists of colleges and universities
These college lists feature schools that are extra supportive of students with learning differences. If you see a green "Yes, connect me!" button next to a school, you can click it to request more information in one click! If you want to expand your search, you'll find many more options using our College Search tool.
- Colleges for Students with Asperger's: The Friendly Ones: Marcia Rubinstien, an educational consultant, also identified these colleges as offering a supportive environment and personnel experienced working with students with Asperger's Syndrome and other spectrum disorders. A wide range of students might be attracted to the support and caring of these colleges.
- Colleges for Students with Asperger's: The Very Friendly Ones: These are colleges with identified programs for students with Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's Syndrome is a term used for students who may have difficulty adjusting to social situations, picking up social cues, and making transitions. Marcia Rubinstien, an educational consultant in Hartford, Connecticut, chose these colleges on the basis of factors such as acceptance of social and learning style differences, a good support system in residence life and academic affairs, easy access to disability support, and trained faculty and staff. Such characteristics might be appropriate for a wide range of students.
- Colleges where Students with Learning Disabilities Can (and Do) Make It: As an expert on learning disabilities programs, Melinda Kopp knows more than we do--we can admit it! She's a Denver-based educational consultant, and she handpicked the following colleges for LD students.
- Colleges with Accessible Teachers for Students with Learning Disabilities: The professors at these schools don't let anyone fall behind. For that, we think they should get an extra apple on their desk. Did we say apple? We meant a 25% raise.
- The Experts' Choice: Colleges Where Students with a Learning Disability Succeed: Learning disabilities or not, we're all still going for a naked midnight run through the quad together.
College search and student life advice
Check out this expert advice to start your college search, prioritize your needs, and succeed at college.
- How to Start the College Search for Students With Disabilities: The college search process can be daunting; if you're a student with a disability, there are additional considerations to keep in mind. Check them out here!
- Top College Search Tips for Students With Learning Differences: The right opportunity can go a long way for students with learning differences. Here are some tips to start off strong in your college search.
- 10 Tips for Working with College–Bound Special–Needs Students: As a college counselor, the rewarding task of working with special-needs students can also put your skills to the test.
- 10 Tips to Defy Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities: Getting through high school and college with a learning disability is challenging. Here, someone who's been in your shoes offers her tips and tricks for overcoming your obstacles and achieving your goals.
- Should I Disclose My Learning Disability on College Apps?: Disclosing your learning disability to colleges can be a hard step to take when you don't want to be defined by it. Here's why experts say it's a good idea.
- What Kinds of College Search Resources Are There for LD Students?: Most college/admission guidebooks, general college search sites, and individual college websites and publications can be sources of information.
- College Bound: What Every Student with Learning Differences Needs to Know: During this time of year, high school juniors and seniors are hard at work preparing for college entrance exams, writing the perfect admission essay, touring colleges, and eagerly awaiting decision letters from their institutions of choice. While this can be an exciting yet stressful time for all students, students with learning differences have another level of factors they need to take into consideration when choosing the right college.
- 5 Keys to Unlocking a Successful School Year: The team at New Frontiers in Learning offers some advice to help the parents of students with learning differences prepare their children for a successful school year.
- Learning Disabilities in College: 7 Things to Know and Do: A college's disability services office can only help you if you have learning differences, but these are the things to know and do before choosing a school.
- Understanding Learning Differences and What Services Colleges Offer: For parents of children with learning disabilities, here's what you should know about services colleges provide and what your student needs for individual support.
- Infographic: College Accommodations for Learning Disabilities: All students have the opportunity to be successful in college; some just need a little extra help. Here's a list of the most common accommodations you should ask for as an LD student.
- How Can I Measure College Support for LD Students?: Students with learning disabilities should know what support a college provides before making a final decision. Our experts have some quick advice!
- What Questions Should I Ask the Student Disabilities Office?: When it comes to advocating for yourself in college, you want to ask Disability Services the right questions. Here's what our expert recommends.
- Autism and the Transition to College: Students with learning differences face additional challenges in the college search and readiness process. Here's how they can ensure a smooth transition.
Scholarships for students with learning disabilities
There are a ton of scholarships out there for all types of students. Here are just a few that you can check out:
- Alumni Association Scholarship offered by Bridgewater State University
- Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship offered by National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Bruno Rolando Scholarship offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Caroline Simpson Maheady Scholarship offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Connor Kelly Scholarship Award offered by Cobalt Mortgage
- Dick Griffiths Memorial Scholarship offered by California Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED)
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services offered by North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarship offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Genevieve Saran Richmond Award offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Hy and Greta Berkowitz Scholarship for Students with Disabilities offered by Aquinas College
- Incight Scholarship offered by Incight Education
- Jill Laura Creedon Scholarship offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Krawitz Scholarship offered by East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
- Mary Jo Young Dual Credit Scholarship offered by Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
- Mary Serra Gili Scholarship Award offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Orfalea Scholarship Award offered by Ventura County Community Foundation
- Patricia Collins Amaral Memorial Fund offered by Bridgewater State University
- Peter Gili Scholarship Award offered by ExceptionalNurse.com
- Ruth Wallace Memorial Scholarship offered by Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
- Susan Bunch Memorial Scholarship offered by California Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED)
- Tony Coelho Media Scholarship offered by American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
- UCT Scholarship Program offered by The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America
Scholarship search resources
You can search for even more scholarship opportunities based on all your personal criteria and keywords using our Scholarship Search tool. These articles can also help make your search more successful:
- Scholarship FAQ: Expert Advice to Start Your Search: How, when, and where should you start your scholarship search? Find out all the answers from a professional scholarship strategist now!
- How to Start Your Scholarship Search: As you're looking for your best-fit college or university, don't forget about best-fit scholarships too! Here's how to start your search for free aid.
- 5 Reasons to Start Your Scholarship Search Early: Starting the scholarship search early is your best chance for minimum stress and maximum rewards. Here are five reasons why starting early is a good choice!
- Scholarship Search Best Practices: Take the scholarship search as seriously as you would your college search—and follow these tips—and you'll be just fine.
- Scholarship Search Spreadsheet Template: Want an easy way to organize all the scholarships you're applying for? Look no further than our Scholarship Search Spreadsheet! Download the free template now.
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