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! Course work, campus life, and career experiences will prepare you to reach your full potential.

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Your UI REACH courses will 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.

Learn more about academics

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Career Development

At UI REACH, you will 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.

Learn more about Career Development

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Student Life

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Take advantage of all that a Big Ten university has to offer! On-campus residence halls, cultural and social events, student organizations, intramurals, and Big Ten sporting events will help you develop new relationships as you explore our campus and Iowa City.

Learn more about Student Life

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Parents' Perspectives

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

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“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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88.6% of UI REACH students are employed a year after graduation.

Ready to become a Hawkeye?

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The UI REACH experience provides students opportunities to grow in academics, social and independent living skills, and workplace readiness. Prospective students should be ready and motivated to embrace all aspects of our comprehensive transition program on a Big Ten campus.

Learn more about Applying


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Alumni & Friends

After graduation, you’ll have access to services to help you identify career development and independent living resources, and you can join EXTEND, our great family alumni association.

Learn more about EXTEND.

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Partner with UI REACH

Generous financial gifts and vital community partnerships help UI REACH students achieve their goals.

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UI REACH Program
Email: reach@uiowa.edu
Phone: 319-384-2127


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