Student Life

TAP student working at internship

TAP student working at internship

TAP students enjoying dinner out.

TAP students enjoying dinner out

TAP student working at the Rec Center

TAP student working at the Rec Center

TAP students cheering on the Bearcats at a basketball game

TAP students cheering on the Bearcats at a basketball game

A sense of belonging is the heartbeat of inclusion.  TAP students live, work, learn, and lead at the University of Cincinnati where they belong to a diverse and inclusive community. TAP students are making a lasting impact where people of all abilities can achieve goals and follow dreams.

Independent Living

  • Inclusive living in the newest residence halls on campus with a dining hall and coffee shop steps away.  Visit this page for photos and highlights of Marian Spencer Hall and Scioto Hall.
  • Belong to the Scholars in Transition Living Learning Community (LLC).  Visit this page to learn more about the Scholars in Transition LLC.
  • Access to all campus facilities, organizations, and activities
  • Life coaches and UC Resident Assistants provide support
  • Navigate campus and community


  • Set career goals
  • Internships based on interests and goals on and off campus, 5-10 hours per week
  • Instruction to develop vocational skills, resume writing, and portfolio
  • Job Coaches and Natural Supports to assist with increasing independence
  • Work with Vocational Rehabilitation Services to support employment goals
  • Co-Op 2.0 opportunities
  • Career pathways and types of internships include  childcare, horticulture, hospitality/customer service, office/clerical, STEM related careers, and theatre/arts
  • Visit this webpage to watch videos showcasing TAP students learning and thriving in internships.


  • 10-15 credit hours = fulltime student
  • 3-4 TAP courses per semester which focus on vocational support, self-determination, social competence, independent and community living, and executive functioning
  • Academic coaches provide support
  • Choice of UC electives taken for audit or credit (1-6 credit hours)
  • The TAP team is comprised of experienced faculty and professionals who are dedicated to the students and their success.
  • Examples of TAP courses include:  Healthy Relationships, Human Sexuality, College Success, Writing Basics, Career Prep, Academic Support, Daily Living Skills, and Vocational Support
  • Examples of UC electives include:  Public Speaking, Chorus, Introduction to Child Development,  ASL, Drawing for Non-majors, Physical Conditioning, Tennis, Yoga, Individuals with Exceptionalities, IT Computer Applications, Acting for Non-Majors, Stage Lighting and Sound, African American History, American Military History, Introduction to Sports Medicine, and Animal Diversity


  • Opportunities to be actively involved in student organizations
  • Develop effective communication, decision-making, and problem solving skills
  • Maximize potential and unleash the Boldly Bearcat spirit
  • Some favorite clubs include: American Sign Language Club, Bearcat Support Network, H2O, Rally Cats and Unified Sports Club.

Alumni Accolades

  • 30 graduates as of 2020
  • 86% employed or continuing education
  • 45% living independently
  • Members of the UC Alumni Association
  • Go to this page to read a TAP alum success story!

Supporting the Transition

  • New students attend TAP Summer Workshops to experience campus life, college courses, navigate campus, and manage their schedule and personal routines.
  • Students and families attend the comprehensive new student orientation, Bearcats Bound.
  • TAP students, with the support of their families and the TAP staff, thoughtfully develop a person- centered plan to begin their college careers.
  • Students complete intake with Accessibility Resources to secure needed accommodations.


Listen to these podcasts to learn more about TAP Student Life.

College & High School: A Student's perspective 

College & High School: Transition Programs at UC