Student Life

TAP students on the football field after a UC game.

TAP students on the football field after a UC game.

TAP student, Matt, poses with his boss, Ryan, at his job in TUC with Conference & Event Services.

TAP student, Matt, poses with his boss, Ryan, at his job in TUC with Conference & Event Services.

TAP students with H2O club members.

TAP students with H2O club members.

TAP students in class.

TAP students in class.

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.

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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