UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a comprehensive transition program for students ages 18-25 years old with intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities. UI REACH offers an integrated college experience in a caring and structured environment.

Academics, career and transition, and student life are areas of focus and upon completion students receive a two, three, or four-year certificate.

As a UI REACH Student, YOU become an Iowa Hawkeye and will enjoy a Big Ten college experience!

On-campus residence halls, cultural and social events, student organizations, and Big Ten sporting events help you develop new relationships as you explore our campus and Iowa City. Your UI REACH courses help you learn academic skill building, career preparation, independent living, and self-advocacy. You can also take elective classes that support your interests alongside University of Iowa undergraduates.

Visit Academics and Student Life

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Explore career options, learn skills to prepare for internships, complete job shadowing, and enjoy internship experiences matched to your strengths and interests.


After graduation, you will have access to consultative services to help aid in employment, career development, and independent living.

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Learn more about our program offerings, student experiences, and outcomes.

Hear directly from other parents how UI REACH impacted their families.


“I never dreamed that our son would be able to go to college until we learned about UI REACH. We thought he would always live with us. Now he has the skills to live on his own, go to work, and be happy.”

– Michael Lee, Parent Class of 2014

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Virtual Tours

Virtual tours run from 4-6PM and include:

  • Program overview
  • Current Student/Parent panel Q&A


  • October 11, 2021
  • November 8, 2021
  • December 13, 2021
  • January 24, 2022
  • February 14,2022
  • March 7, 2022
  • April 18, 2022
  • June 13, 2022
  • July 18, 2022

Large Group In Person Tours

Large group in-person tours run 8:30am-2:30pm and include: 

  • Program overview
  • Campus walking tour
  • Optional lunch in the dining center
  • Class visit
  • Student/Parent panel Q&A

  • October 18, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • January 31, 2022
  • February 28, 2022
  • March 28, 2022
  • April 11, 2022
  • May 16, 2022

Individual Family Tours

Families may also request alternative dates and times by completing the information/registration form.