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*PLEASE NOTE* Beginning in Fall 2015, for a variety of reasons, UMBC made the difficult decision not to accept new applications for the SUCCESS pilot program.  Current SUCCESS participants will be able to complete their program as the pilot is phased out by May 2018.  During this time, we will work with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to continue the program at another four-year institution. As a pilot, SUCCESS has been well received by participants and their families as well as UMBC students, faculty, and staff working with them.  However, based on an assessment of university priorities informed by the development of a new strategic plan, we have decided not to expand the program.  We are working with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to identify campuses that offer a stronger programmatic fit for SUCCESS participants. We are grateful for the strong support we have experienced for the SUCCESS program and look forward to working in cooperation with others to make sure that worthwhile opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities remain available in the State of Maryland.


SUCCESS (Students United for Campus-Community Engagement for Post-Secondary Success), a partnership of UMBC and the Maryland Department of Disabilities, is the first four-year college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities in Maryland.

Upon completion of the four year program, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Two main pillars of all programming are to increase independence and employability.

Creating an Integrated Environment

One of the primary goals of SUCCESS is to give the participants the opportunity to increase all that a college experience has to offer. With this goal in mind, SUCCESS participants are encouraged to interact and engage with their UMBC peers on a regular and on-going basis, in both informal and formal contexts. This ideal is formalized with the placement of traditional UMBC students as Peers in SUCCESS courses and as Lunch Buddies. Since program inception, more than 300 Peers have participated in SUCCESS.

SUCCESS participants also are engaging on campus with their peers through student organizations, athletics, and campus events. SUCCESS participants have been given a tour of the UMBC Retriever Activity Center where they met with the UMBC Swim Team and practiced with the UMBC Women’s Basketball team. One SUCCESS participant, who had expressed an interest in dance and cheerleading was made an honorary member of UMBC’s dance team and performed during two Women’s Basketball games.

Residential Component

Currently, Friends of SUCCESS House supports current SUCCESS participants with an off-campus, private pay residential option.


Currently, support for the program comes from tuition and fees which are funded through the Developmental Disabilities Administration of DHMH and MSDE’s Division of Rehabilitation Services.