College Success @ Perkins is an innovative, nine-month program for blind and visually impaired high school graduates who are college bound, as well as students who have attended college and are looking to hone their skills and return to college prepared for success. This residential program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts prepares students for success in college, career and life. The program centers on the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) as well as the specific set of skills that all students need to be successful in college. To this end, College Success at Perkins provides all five of the Pre-Employment Transition Services—job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on experiences for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs and institutions of higher education, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy.
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.
We're hitting the road – and want to meet you!
Our team will be attending a number of conferences and events in the next few months. Check out the cities and dates below – and if we're going to be in your area, let us know! We want to meet with students, families and educators to discuss College Success, interview applicants and get to know potential candidates for the 2018-2019 session – as well as for future sessions of the program.
Whether you're attending these events or will just be nearby, get in touch and we can work out the best day, time and place to meet.
- Boston: February 23-25
National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts 2018 State Convention
- Washington DC: March 18-25
American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmologists Annual Meeting
- Oakland, California: April 5-7
2018 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference
- St. Louis: June 30-July 5
American Council of the Blind 57th Annual Conference and Convention
- Orlando: July 6-8
National Federation of the Blind National Convention 2018