UI REACH Admissions

UI REACH recognizes the unique attributes of each UI REACH applicant and seeks to identify those who are most likely to benefit from the UI REACH experience. The application and interview process are designed to determine the compatibility of an applicant’s learning performance, current life skills, motivation, and job interests with the program goals.

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Admissions Overview

Application Procedures

Campus Visit

The first step for students, families, educators, transition specialists, and service providers is to schedule a UI REACH tour prior to beginning the application process. Please schedule a tour, contact the UI REACH Program office at 319-384-2127, or e-mail reach@uiowa.edu to schedule your tour.

Spring 2017 tours will be offered on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., beginning January 23, 2017.

Campus visits include an informational session about the general program with UI REACH staff and a brief campus tour led by a UI REACH student. Tours generally last 90 minutes.

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Admissions Overview

All students begin the program during the Fall semester.  Families are encouraged to begin the admission process as early as possible. To be considered for Fall enrollment, the student and family are highly encouraged to submit all application materials by December 31st of the previous year.

When all application materials are received, the applicant’s file is reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee. If the student is a possible candidate, the family will be invited to campus for an interview. The interview allows the student to express his or her interests and to ask questions. Parents/guardians discuss relevant applicant information and gain a better understanding of the UI REACH Program.

Decisions about admission to the program follow a review of all information by members of the Admissions Committee. An evaluation of an applicant’s strengths, areas needing further development, motivation, and fit to what the program can offer, rather than a diagnosis or test scores, determines if an applicant will be admitted. Once admission decisions have been made, families will be notified by letter. Due to the limited space in the program, some eligible students may not be admitted.

Application Procedures

Applications for Fall 2017 are now being accepted. To be considered for enrollment in Fall 2017, it is best to submit your application by December 31, 2016. Applicants must have taken a tour of the program as well as submitted all application materials prior to a review by the Admissions Committee.

The UI REACH Program is now offering an online application process. The General Application, Skills Assessment and Applicant Personal Statement will take 30-45 minutes and do not need to be completed in one sitting. If you wish to finish the application at a later date, simply click the General Application link below from the same computer and using the same web browser that you used to begin the application. Once you begin the application, please be aware that if you do not return to it within a week, you will need to reenter your information.

APPLICATION  MATERIALS:  Please refer to the Microsoft Office document iconApplication Process Checklist.

  1. General Application - to be completed by parent or guardian
  2. Skills Assessmentto be completed by parent/guardian
  3. Applicant Personal Statement - to be completed by student
  4. Application fee of $40 (non-refundable) can be paid online using a credit card or by check, payable to UI REACH and sent to:

    UI REACH: Realizing Educational and Career Hopes
    S229 Lindquist Center
    College of Education
    Iowa City, IA 52242

Please copy and e-mail the below links to the appropriate people:

  1. Three references are required. One must be completed by an educator, and the others can be completed by non-relatives who have known the student for at least six months. Please e-mail this link to the references of your choice. Reference Form (to copy the link, simply right click on it, select “copy hyperlink” or “copy shortcut” and paste it into your e-mail text)

  2. UI REACH requires an Intellectual Assessment (IQ testing). Please upload a copy of the Intellectual Assessment, or you can mail the assessment to the UI REACH office. The maximum file size for uploads is 16MB.

    If you will be scheduling the testing, please consult the Test Administrator Instructions for specific details on what is required Microsoft Office document iconTest Admin Instructions. When testing is completed, please have your provider either download the testing to (link) or mail it to the UI REACH office.

  3. The applicant’s most recent high school transcript is required.  Please upload a copy of the applicant’s high school transcript, or you can mail it to the UI REACH office.

Please send all application materials, not submitted electronically, to the following address:

UI REACH: Realizing Educational and Career Hopes
S229 Lindquist Center
College of Education
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Following receipt and review of all required admissions materials, a campus interview may be offered.

Notification letters will be mailed after an admission decision has been made.
Those interviewed in June – September will be notified no later than November 1.
Those interviewed in October – January will be notified no later than February 15.

Applications submitted beginning January 1, 2017 may be considered for the enrollment in Fall 2017 (pending available space) or Fall 2018.