College Success @ Perkins is a 9 month, residential, post-secondary program, designed to help you develop the skills, independence and confidence you need to smoothly transition to college, and to successfully attend and graduate from college. Our program provides real-world opportunities for you to learn from and gain necessary skills for college success — from mastering independent living, to exploring city and campus communities, to using public transportation networks. You'll grow and learn while enjoying the camaraderie and design of a completely accessible residential setting, with college-bound peers and a dedicated staff. At College Success @ Perkins, you'll find a supportive environment, structured to empower you to become as independent and confident as possible
Counting down to college
It’s the next step you’ve been waiting for – the chance to make new friends, pursue your studies and live on your own. College represents new beginnings and exciting opportunities. It’s a chance to break free and discover who you are. College is also a challenging place to be if you’re blind or visually impaired. The opportunities are there, but you have to be prepared to find them.
Make the experience worth the wait
The College Success @ Perkins program is designed to help you get the most out of college. In just one year, we’ll prepare you for everything you’re about to experience. You’ll learn how to navigate college campuses, how to join clubs and sports teams and how to cook a meal in your own apartment.
We believe that actually doing things is the best way to learn. With College Success, you’ll live with roommates, take college classes and socialize with local college students. You’ll also get on-the-job experience by visiting local companies and learn how to tailor your college experience to meet your career goals.
The numbers don’t lie
Currently, 6 out of 10 blind or visually impaired college students never graduate. We want to help 100% of those students earn a college degree. With College Success, you have the opportunity to master skills that will empower you to take charge of your future and create the college experience you’ve always wanted.
Who should attend
College Success @ Perkins is perfect for the high school graduate who wants to be fully prepared for college and students who have spent time in college and are looking to hone their skills and return to college prepared for success. The program is open to students who have completed high school and have applied or are in the process of applying to college.
Applicants must provide a high school transcript and reference from their TVI or COMS and have a personal interview on campus or via Skype. Students will be accepted to the program on a rolling basis. Space is limited to ensure an individualized experience for all participants.
In this pilot year, we're very excited to be able to offer scholarship opportunities to qualified candidates. Students interested in being considered should apply to the program now.
If you have any questions about the program or scholarship opportunities, please contact the admissions team at CollegeSuccess@Perkins.org or 617-972-7573.