Next Steps at Vanderbilt

Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a 4-year inclusive higher education program committed to providing students with intellectual disabilities inclusive, transformational postsecondary education in academics, social and career development, and independent living, while honoring equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.

The goal of the program is to broaden the career options and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in inclusive, age-appropriate settings. It is a comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program, which means students may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs.

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Program length4-years
Year program started2010
Housing offeredNot currently, but working to expand on- and off-campus options for students.
Students participate in internships and other career development opportunitiesYes
Provides access to typical college courses1-2 per semester
Offers courses just for students in the program3 per semester
Program engages peer mentorsYes
Certified Comprehensive Transition ProgramYes


Check out Think College’s student spotlight on Next Steps at Vanderbilt alumna Pisanach “Peach” Chinratanalab.

Take a look at Next Steps at Vanderbilt’s inaugural annual report (2020-2021).