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.




The UI REACH Student Experience

As UI REACH students, you will have a Big Ten college experience and be empowered to become independent members of the community. Coursework, campus life, and career experiences will prepare you to reach your full potential and achieve your goals.

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Students in the classroom

Courses will help you learn academic skill building, career preparation, independent living, and self-advocacy.

  • Student-centered Planning
  • Integrated Courses Available
  • Monitored Progress

more about academics

UI REACH students at the Hawkeye football game.
Student Life

You’ll live in an on-campus residence hall with other UI REACH students and be fully immersed in campus life.

  • Social & sporting events
  • Student Organizations
  • Personal safety awareness

Learn about student life

UI REACH student working at a career experience.
Career Development

You'll build workplace readiness skills through coursework, and explore career options through internships.

  • Mock interviews
  • Internships
  • Field trips & presentations

More about careers

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

UI REACH grads, wearing caps and gowns,on the steps of the Old Capitol
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.

UI REACH group
Partner with UI REACH

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

meet our career experience partners.


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